2020 Lancaster Archery Classic Registration is Now Open

The time to register for the 2020 Lancaster Archery Classic is now!

Registration is open for the East Coast’s largest indoor archery tournament, scheduled for Jan. 23-26, 2020, at the Spooky Nook Sports Complex in Manheim, Pa.

The Classic has been on a steady growth path each year, and this year is no exception. Yes, it promises to be even bigger than last year’s record-setting tournament, which drew over 1,700 archers.

This year’s Classic has a ton of new features, so let’s dive right in and take a look at the enhancements.

For starters, archers will compete for over $300,000 in cash and prizes, including over $160,000 in cash payouts, contingencies and over $20,000 in door prizes. The top prize will be a $20,000 payout to the Open Pro division champion.

The prize money includes a hefty increase in total payouts for the Recurve divisions. The $51,450 that will be awarded to Recurve archers could be the world’s largest recurve payout for an indoor archery tournament.

The bump in total Recurve payouts is largely due to the creation of the Women’s Barebow Recurve division. Archers have been asking for this division for a couple of years, and now, thanks to overwhelming support from the barebow community, it’s here.

The Women’s Barebow Recurve division will pay $2,000 for first place, $1,000 for second, $500 for third and $250 for fourth. Just like in the Men’s Barebow division, the top three finishers in the Women’s Barebow competition also will receive custom Lancaster Archery Classic Barebow trophies – an additional award for the Classic’s most-watched competitors.

The 2019 Lancaster Archery Classic Barebow Finals video on YouTube was viewed over 163,000 times between late January and the end of September. That’s over three times more views than any other division finals.

Winners in the Men’s Recurve and Men’s Barebow divisions will take home $8,000 each, which is up from $6,000 last year. The Women’s Recurve champ will win $4,000 – up from $3,000.

Other increased payouts for 2020 are as follows:

Men’s Recurve and Men’s Barebow: second place – $4,000; third place – $2,000; fourth place – $800; fifth through eighth place – $400; ninth through 16th place – $250.

Women’s Recurve: second place – $2,000; third place – $1,000; fourth place – $500; fifth through eighth place – $250.

All other payouts from the 2019 Classic will remain the same for 2020.

New for the 2020 Classic, there will be “Missed-Cut Payout Flights.” Here’s how those will work. All of these awards will be paid in Lancaster Archery Supply gift cards, and they will be paid based on scores and rankings at the end of the qualification rounds. Archers scoring below the cutoffs for their respective divisions, which would have enabled them to advance to the elimination rounds, will be put into flights for these Missed-Cut awards. The top three archers in each flight will receive gift cards.

The flighted payouts will be as follows:

Open Pro: for places 65-67 – $350.

Women’s Pro and Masters Pro: for places 17-19 – $250.

Men’s Open: for places 65-67 – $150; 96-98 – $100; for places 128-130, 160-162 and 192-194 – $75.

Men’s Barebow: for places 65-67 – $150; for places 96-98 – $100; for places 128-130 and 160-162 – $75.

For Masters Open, Women’s Open, Youth Open, Bowhunter and Men’s Recurve: for places 33-35 – $150; for places 65-67 – $75.

For the six other divisions with cuts to 16th place: places 17-19 – $150.

Speaking of the cuts to 16, the 2020 Classic marks the first time no division will cut to less than 16. While there had been some divisions in the past that only sent eight archers to elimination rounds, for the 2020 tournament, division cuts will be 16, 32 or 64 archers.

The past two Lancaster Archery Classics have included a special tournament-within-the-tournament, so to speak, for youth archers. It was a special, one-day competition for kids under 21. That afforded the opportunity to experience a world-class tournament, but for a fraction of the cost and a fraction of the time commitment.

For 2020, that competition is being expanded to include collegiate archers. The Easton Youth and Collegiate Trophy Tournament will feature the following divisions: Bowman, for ages 12 and under; Cub, for ages 13 and 14; Cadet, for ages 15-17; Junior, for ages 18-20; and Collegiate, for college students with the proper eligibility.

The Easton Youth and Collegiate Trophy Tournament will consist of a 60-arrow round shot from the standard 18 meters at 40cm target faces. There will be no elimination rounds, with trophies going to each division’s first-place finisher, and medals being awarded to the top three archers in each division. Each age class will feature separate competition divisions for Open, Recurve and Barebow archers in both male and female classes.

The tournament will begin at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 25. Archers who compete in this competition can also shoot in the Classic, if they want. To accommodate the new Collegiate division, space for the Trophy Tournament has been expanded to allow for 540 competitors.

And speaking of tournament expansions, to accommodate the Classic’s growing competition base, a new qualification line is being added for the 2020 event. In addition to the three Friday lines, which begin at 8 a.m., noon and 4 p.m., archers also can choose to shoot in a 4 p.m. line on Thursday, Jan. 23.

Adding that extra line now allows the Classic to accommodate 1,930 archers in 2020, plus 540 for the Easton Youth and Collegiate Trophy Tournament. With extra archers expected to compete, of course, the practice facility has ben expanded as well. While there were 90 practice lanes available on site this year, there will 136 lanes available in 2020.

Aside from these new features added to the 2020 Classic, archers can still count on one of the best competition formats for indoor archery. This is not a tournament that requires perfection. All you have to do is shoot well enough in the 60-arrow qualifying round to make the cut to advance to eliminations. In that part of the competition, you’ll shoot a 12-arrow, head-to-head match against another qualifier. Win, and you advance.

If you can win enough matches to make it past the finals cut-off for your division, you can shoot your way to victory. Let’s say you finish the qualification round and elimination matches ranked eighth in your division. And let’s say that division takes the top eight archers for the finals shoot ups.

As the No. 8 archer, you would start the finals by shooting a head-to-head match against the No. 7 archer. The winner of that match takes on the No. 6 archer. This process continues until someone shoots a match against the No. 1 archer for the division championship title, lots of cash and a well-deserved place in LAS Classic history. So in a division that advances 64 archers to elimination matches, it is entirely possible for the archer that shot the 64th best qualification score to win his or her division.

As always, archers can count on the usual, world-renowned, top-shelf Classic experience at the 2020 event. You’ll be treated like royalty from the moment you walk through the front doors of Spooky Nook. The entire LAS crew on site is there to serve you.

We’ve got an on-site practice facility, which will be available for an additional fee of $15, if purchased before the event, or $20 on site. (There is free practice on Saturday for archers competing in the Easton Youth and Collegiate Trophy Tournament.) Or, you can practice for free at the LAS Pro Shop, which is 15 minutes away from Spooky Nook. A shuttle will ferry people from Spooky Nook to the Pro Shop regularly during the tournament.

When you’re shooting your qualification round, you’ll be shoulder to shoulder with the best archers in the world. Archers and archery fans can meet a selection of the top pros and Olympians for photos and autographs during a “meet and greet” event scheduled for Saturday. Our sponsoring equipment manufacturers will have over 40 booths set up to show you the latest and greatest target archery gear.

Sign up now by clicking here. We hope to see you at Spooky Nook in January!

AMATEUR CORNER: Anthony Young

At the 2019 Winter Can Am Classic in Syracuse, N.Y., March 8-10, Anthony Young was about as amateur as you can get.

“This is the first serious tournament I’ve ever done,” said the 23-year-old from Lewistown, Pa.

Yet when the tournament ended, Young, who works as a CNC machine operator for an ultrasound company, took home the top prize in the Amateur Men’s Open Known 40 division.

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He finished the qualification rounds in second place with a 412 – four points behind leader Cody McDonald.

He then won one elimination match, which earned him a spot in the final shootdown.

No one was more surprised by that result than Young himself.

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An avid bowhunter, Young only started shooting an open-style target rig about two years ago. He said he’s “dabbled in spot shooting,” but his true passion is 3-D archery, since that helps him practice for bowhunting season.

“We got a good group of guys back home that I shoot with,” he said. “We just do the local 3-D shoots and stuff like that for fun.”

Young traveled to the Winter Can Am with some of those friends, who had shot the tournament before. A novice to the big-time tournament setting, Young said he set a simple goal for himself.

“I just wanted to come in here and shoot what I thought was a good score,” he said. “Apparently, it was pretty good.”

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Young said he wasn’t too pleased with his first-day score of a 202. But by the second day, he felt on track, shooting a 210.

The Winter Can Am shootdown format is nearly identical to a typical ASA pressure point shootdown. The top five finishers carry their qualification scores into the final, where they shoot up to six more arrows to determine the podium winners.

At the Winter Can Am, shootdown archers shot from elevated platforms, and they shot one at a time, rather than all at the same time, like a normal ASA competition.

Young said he definitely felt the pressure of being on the main stage.

“I’m telling you, I don’t think I’ve ever shook anywhere like that in my life,” he said. “It was crazy.”

Crazier than drawing down on a big buck?

“Not even close,” he said. “I was way more nervous.”

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Young shot pretty steady, scoring a couple of 12s through the shootdown. For the last arrow, he and McDonald were tied for the lead. McDonald shot an 8, and Young hit the 10.

So did Young get bitten by the tournament bug with a win in his first “serious tournament?”

“I definitely want to do this more,” he said. “I had such fun here. It was a long weekend, but I had a ball.”

AMATEUR CORNER: Savannah Vanderwier

Like a lot of young, talented archers, Savannah Baye Vanderwier now finds herself at a crossroads.

The 19-year-old from Sheffield, Texas, recently graduated from high school. On Jan. 26, she won the Women’s Open division title at the Lancaster Archery Classic, which is one of the biggest indoor archery tournaments in the world.

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Savannah Vanderwier, right, takes aim as she competes against Jamilee Moore in the Women’s Open division finals at the 2019 Lancaster Archery Classic.

So her archery game is strong in the amateur field. Which begs the question, “Will she go pro?”

“If I go to school and I’m trying to be pro, I don’t think that would work,” Vanderwier said. “So should I hold off on going pro until I’m done with school? Or do I take time off of archery completely?

“Anyway, it’s a lot. There are too many options.”

Shooting for PSE, Vanderwier had about as good a showing at the Classic as any amateur could hope for.

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She shot a 643 in qualification. That was best in her division. It also would have been good enough to qualify her in the top 10 among the Women’s Open Pro archers.

In her first elimination match, Vanderwier dropped just one point for a 131. (Dusti Batsch was the only one of 16 Women’s Open Pro archers to shoot a 131 in the first elimination match.)

In her next match, Vanderwier dropped four points, but ultimately won on the second arrow of a shoot-off. She easily won her final match after dropping just two points.

Her qualifying and match-play scores were good enough to seed Vanderwier first for the Jan. 26 finals in Women’s Open.

In that match, Vanderwier shot ends of 32, 33, 31 and 33 to take the title.

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Big-time competition certainly is nothing new to Vanderwier, who won an individual silver medal in the Compound Junior Division at the 2016 World Archery Field Championships in Ireland, a team silver in the Compound Cadet Division at the 2017 World Archery Youth Championships in Argentina, and an individual gold in the Compound Junior Division at the 2018 World Archery Field Championships in Italy.

But this year’s Lancaster Archery Classic was the first she’s ever competed in.

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Head judge Larry Wise gives Savannah Vanderwier the green light to shoot at the 2019 Lancaster Archery Classic.

“We’ve been wanting to come for several years, but it just hasn’t worked out with other things my siblings had going on,” she said. “Finally we were able to make it this year. It was a birthday present for me and my dad.”

Vanderwier’s dad, Andy, has been her coach since Savannah first picked up a bow at age 10. He was in the coach’s box behind her when she shot for the Classic title, and was the first to give her a big hug after her final arrow hit the center 11.

Ironically, Dad’s path to coaching his daughter started nine years ago, when the local 4-H roped him into coaching their program.

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Women’s Open podium, Savannah Vanderwier, first; Jamilee Moore, second; Sachi Keane, third.

“My sister and I tagged along, and I just fell in love with it,” Vanderwier said.

When it comes to tournament archery, Vanderwier shoots just about everything, but she does have a favorite style.

“My favorite is field, but I love all of it,” she said. “This year I went to my first ASA, and I loved it. I also love target.

“I love field. I love target. I love indoor. I love 3D. I love it all!”

And she expects that love of the game to influence her decision making as she weighs getting a job, continuing her education and turning pro.

“I have a few options, and so deciding where archery fits into that is a big part of deciding what to do next,” she said. “Archery is something that’s really important to me and I want to keep doing it as long as I can.”

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AMATEUR CORNER: Tim “The CEO” Hanley

Tim Hanley entered the Spooky Nook Sports Complex in Manheim, Pa., Sunday morning, and walked over to a small group of Lancaster Archery Supply employees.

“Do you mind if I set my bow down here for a minute?” he asked politely.

Hanley was wearing a light blue, pin-striped dress shirt, a neat pair of jeans and a respectable pair of cowboy boots. With eyeglasses, a trimmed beard and short-cut, gelled hair, he looked like an accountant.

“No problem,” an employee responded, thinking Hanley was carrying the bow for a buddy or relative who might have been competing in one of the big final matches of the 2019 Lancaster Archery Classic.

Fast forward a couple hours later, and there’s Hanley standing on the finals stage, shooting that bow himself in the Men’s Open championship, buzzing through the field like a power saw.

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While every other archer who came up against him wore a logoed hat and flashy shooter jersey emblazoned with the colorful name of an archery company, Hanley looked like he just left a church service.

“I like to look presentable when I’m in public, so I wear a nice shirt when I’m competing,” he said. “I was dressed like this all weekend, and no one said anything about it.”

As viewers at home watching the livestream of the Classic on YouTube saw Hanley knock off one archer after another, his attire quickly earned him the nickname, “The CEO.”

A 32-year-old electrician from New Jersey, Hanley at the 2019 Lancaster Archery Classic became the first archer ever in the Men’s Open class to work his way from the No. 8 seed all the way to the title. That’s a monumental accomplishment, given the fact that the Men’s Open division is always the largest at the Classic – 317 archers this year. And he had to shoot 84 solid arrows over seven matches against some of the stiffest amateur competition in the U.S.

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Social media was buzzing for hours after Hanley’s big win with hails to “The CEO.”

“Watching the CEO was epic,” one commenter wrote on YouTube. “Great story, coverage and event.”

Not a household name before the Classic, Tim Hanley most certainly was the talk of the target archery world after the tournament’s conclusion.

So who is this guy? And how the heck did he show up at the East Coast’s largest indoor archery tournament for the first time in three years and capture the attention and adulation of archers all over the world?

A bachelor resident of Juliustown, N.J., Hanley got started in target archery when he took a job at the former Sportsmen’s Center in Bordentown, N.J., at 17 or 18. He worked there for 10 years with well-known target archer Vinnie Mancini.

“I mainly went there because of hunting, but I showed an interest in target archery and Vinnie just started coaching me,” Hanley said.

He shot competitively throughout those 10 years – including several trips to the Classic – but then took about four years off, when he started a job as an electrician installing solar panels.

“I just got busy with work and everything, but then I got back into it maybe about a year ago,” he said.

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Hanley credits his training with Mancini and the excellent target archers he competes against in New Jersey with helping him sharpen his skill.

“I try to shoot every day,” he said. “There’s a lot of really good archers in New Jersey and you can’t really get lax. You have to work at it to stay with those guys.”

While he does shoot outdoor target archery, “indoors is home for me,” he said. “That’s where I feel comfortable.”

Hanley is not connected with any archery companies. If he has a sponsor, it’s Cheyenne Mountain Outdoors in Bordentown, N.J., he said.

Realistically though, he buys his own gear and he pays his own way to and from tournaments.

Consider this. For the 2019 Classic, Hanley drove two hours from home on Friday to shoot his qualification round at 4 p.m. He then drove back to New Jersey to spend the night after finishing around 8 p.m.

He returned to Lancaster County from New Jersey by 7 a.m. Saturday for the 8 a.m. elimination matches, and then drove back home in the afternoon.

“I had my mom with me, so I had to drop her off,” he said.

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Hanley drove two hours back again that evening to stay at a hotel with some friends near Spooky Nook, so he’d be as fresh as possible for the Sunday finals.

“It’s a pretty straight drive, so I didn’t mind,” he said.

Hanley’s road to the Classic finals was anything but straight and easy.

After shooting a respectable 640 in qualifications on Friday, Hanley was seeded 46th among the 64 archers who advanced to Saturday’s elimination matches.  He then beat the No. 19 qualifier, the No. 14 qualifier and the No. 30 qualifier in head-to-head competition to claim the No. 8 seed for the finals on Sunday.

The No. 8 seed is the lowest for the Men’s Open finals. But ask any archer and they’ll say that all they want is a chance. If they can get in the game, they at least have a chance.

Hanley took that chance and ran with it. He defeated Blake Ballou in his first match 125-124. Next up was Caleb Eby, whom Hanley dispatched 130-126.

The third match was a nail-biter for Hanley, but he came out on top of Brenden Woelmer 129-128. By now, Hanley was “The CEO” to online viewers, and a crowd favorite in the finals arena.

In his fourth match, Hanley beat Brady Hempen 128-122, then took down Jason Goedken 129-124 and Brad Baker Jr. 127-126.

By the time Hanley entered the final match against top qualifier Doug Williams, the crowd at home and online was desperate to see him take the title. He did, by a score of 130-127, with a perfect 33 in his last end.

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Hanley said he could feel himself getting tired toward the end of his run, but he tried to focus on one arrow at a time and trust his shot.

So what’s next for The CEO? He said he hadn’t registered to compete in The Vegas Shoot Feb. 8-10, “but this experience (winning the Classic) might change that.”

Winning the Men’s Open championship at the Classic earned Hanley $4,000, plus a couple hundred dollars in contingency checks, which he could use to pay his way to Las Vegas. Whether he competes in Vegas or not, Hanley said he hears the pro class calling.

“Going pro – I would love to do that,” he said. “I always told myself I wanted to win something on a national level before I went pro, and I guess this counts. So maybe not right away, but I eventually will be on the pro line.”

2019 Lancaster Archery Classic Sees Records Broken and New Champions Crowned

The 2019 Lancaster Archery Classic Jan. 25-27 was one for the history books. Not only did the number of registered archers – 1,794 – shatter last year’s record attendance of 1,488, but Open Pro archer Braden Gellenthien accomplished something that had only ever been done once before in the 16-year history of the East Coast’s largest archery tournament.

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In qualifications Friday at the Spooky Nook Sports Complex in Manheim, Pa., Gellenthien, who is one of the world’s most accomplished tournament archers, shot a perfect score of 660. All 60 of his arrows found the center 11 ring. The only time that has ever happened before was in 2009, when Reo Wilde posted a 660 qualification score.

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Braden Gellenthien poses with his two perfect targets

But as we all quickly learned Saturday morning, shooting a great qualification score does not mean anything in terms of getting to the Classic finals shoot-up stage if you can’t get through the head-to-head elimination matches. Gellenthien survived his first match in the Open Pro bracket against Andy Callaway in a tie-breaker, but he was knocked out of the competition in the second round by Brian Meese.

Ultimately, the tournament’s top prize of $20,000 was awarded to Open Pro champ Jacob Marlow. Always a crowd favorite with his southern drawl and fun sense of humor on the line, Marlow finally won the Classic title in his third trip to the finals shoot-up.

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Open Pro champ Jacob Marlow with the winner’s trophy and belt buckle

“I tried not to think about anything else,” Marlow said. “I just focused on one arrow at a time.”

As his gold-medal match progressed against No. 1 qualifier and 2017 Classic Open Pro champ Mike Schloesser, Marlow’s shots seemed to get tighter and tighter to the center. Asked if he was feeling better as the match wore on, Marlow responded with his typical, self-deprecating humor.

“Oh no, I felt terrible the whole time,” he said. “I hate the nerves.”

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Jacob Marlow

In addition to the $20,000 he received from Lancaster Archery, Marlow added a $10,000 contingency check from his bow sponsor, Elite, and another $1,600 in contingencies from his other equipment sponsors.

“I’m 1-1 against Mikey in these matches, so hopefully we’ll get a rematch,” Marlow said of competing against Schloesser in the Classic finals.

Other notable champions crowned at this year’s Classic were Jack Williams in Men’s Recurve, Gabriela Bayardo in Women’s Recurve, Michael Fisher in Barebow and Tanja Jensen in Women’s Open Pro.

TIM ‘THE CEO’ HANLEY

The Men’s Open division is always the largest division at the Lancaster Archery Classic. This year, there were 317 archers who competed in that group of amateurs. To win that division, an archer has to be on top of his game, and he has to defeat a lot of other really good archers.

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Tim “The CEO” Hanley

Tim Hanley, 32, of New Jersey this year traveled to the Classic for the first time “in a number of years,” he said, and worked his way to the No. 8 seed for the finals shoot-up. That’s a tough spot to start from, given the Classic’s shoot-up finals format, where the first match features the two lowest ranked archers. The winner advances to compete against the next archer in ranking, and so on until someone faces off against the top qualifier for the title.

In the 16-year history of the Classic, no No. 8-ranked archer in Men’s Open has ever shot his way to the title. That would require shooting a minimum of 84 arrows, assuming no tie-breakers were needed, over the course of seven matches.

Wearing a long-sleeve, pin-striped dress shirt, Hanley won his first match, then his second, and then his third. By the fourth round, commenters watching the livestream on YouTube were referring to him as “Tim ‘The CEO’ Hanley,” because of his dress shirt. In the audience at Spooky Nook, the crowd began rallying behind Hanley as he shot his way through the field. By the time he faced off against top-qualifier Doug Williams, Hanley was clearly the crowd favorite. Everyone loves an underdog, right?

Against all odds, Hanley defeated Williams by a score of 130-127, meaning Hanley only missed two 11s in his seventh match of the day. He seemed to get stronger, when he should have gotten weaker.

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Tim Hanley pumps his fist

“I had already exceeded my expectations in getting to the finals,” Hanley said. “From there, I just trusted my shot and it turned out pretty good.”

BAREBOW CRAZE

The Barebow competition at the Classic has been growing by leaps and bounds the last few years, and this year was no exception. After reaching a registration total of 125 last year, the number of barebow competitors ballooned this year to 207.

On YouTube, the Barebow finals video from 2018 has been viewed nearly 250,000 times over the past year, generating incredible enthusiasm for and interest in that discipline. For the 2019 finals, the venue was packed with rowdy fans Saturday night, and more than 1,600 followed the livestream of the competition.

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The field featured four new faces on the Classic stage – Ben Rogers, Spanky Brooks, Michael Fisher and Grayson Partlowe. Missing were more familiar names, including John Demmer and Rich Barker, who got knocked out of the tournament in the elimination stage. Bobby Worthington, another Barebow finals regular, withdrew from the Classic at the last minute, due to illness.

The final match between Fisher and Partlowe was a see-saw battle, with Fisher ultimately coming out on top, shooting a dead-center 11 on his last shot. When his arrow hit the target, the arena erupted into cheers of, “Aussie! Aussie! Aussie! Oy! Oy! Oy!” That was a nod to Fisher’s Australian home.

NEW RECURVE CHAMPS

The Men’s and Women’s Recurve finals featured the usual field of heavy hitters. Casey Kaufhold, 14, led the Women’s field with a qualification score of 604. With three-time defending champ Mackenzie Brown knocked out in eliminations, Casey – who finished second to Brown the past two years – was a likely favorite. However, Gabriela Bayardo, whom Casey had beaten the two previous times the two had met at the Classic, shot just a little stronger in the gold-medal finals match, and took the title, with Casey finishing second.

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Gabriela Bayardo

On the Men’s side, two-time defending champ Brady Ellison was the top seed in the finals. In the gold-medal match, he squared off against Jack Williams who toppled two giants to get to Ellison. Williams, who is considered a favorite to join Ellison on the next U.S. Olympic Team, first defeated multi-Olympic medal winner Michelle Frangili of Italy. Next, he took down Canada’s top recurve archer, Crispin Duenas, who was runner-up to Ellison at the last two Classics.

Williams shot incredibly strong in his match against Ellison, with end scores of 31, 31, 31 and 33. Those scores topped Ellison by two points, and Williams took the title – his best finish at the Classic.

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Jack Williams

“This is a great venue and a wonderful tournament,” Williams said of the 2019 Classic. “My good shots just felt really strong today.”

Williams and Ellison compete regularly in training, so they are good friends, yet fierce competitors.

“I’m sure we’ll have a rematch sometime,” Williams said with a wide smile.

YOUTH TROPHY  TOURNAMENT

For the second year, the Easton Youth Trophy Tournament offered a tournament within the Classic for young archers who might not yet be ready for the full Classic tournament, but who want to get big-time competition experience.

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A total of 375 young archers competed in the event, which was confined solely to Saturday, and which cost a fraction of the money required to compete in the Classic. These archers shot the same number of arrows as shot in the Classic qualification – 60 – on the same field that the Classic archers shot on.

Archers were divided by gender, by equipment – compound, recurve and barebow – and by age, with divisions for Cub, Bowman, Cadet and Junior competitors. Winners were determined by scores posted in the 60-arrow round. And there were some serious scores put up by these young archers.

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Out of a possible 660 points, Foster Jones recorded a 624 to win the Compound Cadet Male division; Ryan Kitts won Compound Junior Male with a 633; Hannah Ball won Barebow Cadet Female, and posted the highest score among all the female barebow archers of any age, with a 434; Jada Cho’s 513 in Recurve Cub Female won that division. For a complete list of Easton Youth Trophy Tournament results, click here.

Many of the Youth Trophy archers and their parents said they enjoyed the experience they got from competing in a big venue with so many other archers. Count on this event to continue at future Classics, and for it to grow as the years pass.

Here are the top-three finishers in each of the 15 divisions at the 2019 Lancaster Archery Classic:

Men’s Open Pro – Jacob Marlow, Mike Schloesser and Dave Cousins

Women’s Open Pro – Tanja Jensen, Sarah Prieels, Dusti Batsch

Masters Open Pro – Benton Christensen, Keith Trail, Kendall Woody

Men’s Recurve – Jack Williams, Brady Ellison, Crispin Duenas

Women’s Recurve – Gabriela Bayardo, Casey Kaufhold, Virginie Chenier

Barebow – Michael Fisher, Grayson Partlowe, Spanky Brooks

Men’s Open – Tim Hanley, Doug Williams, Brad Baker Jr.

Women’s Open – Savannah Baye Vanderwier, Jamilee Moore, Sachi Keane

Senior Open – Glenn Talley, Benny Parenteau, Dee Wilde

Masters Open – Bob Reedinger, Danny Minnick, Wayne Johnson

Bowhunter – Charles Hunnell, Luke Long, John Wheeler

Youth Male Open – Trevor Silverson, Zachary Harris, Tyler Heritage

Youth Female Open – Faith Miller, Ava Dremann, Reagan Bryan

Youth Male Recurve – Dallas Jones, Joonsuh Oh, Zachary Kim

Youth Female Recurve – Whitney Jensen, Imogen Grzemski, Brianna Laux

Lancaster Archery Academy January-February Newsletter

It’s here!

The winter indoor archery season is in full swing, and at Lancaster Archery Academy, you can always find some paper punchers hanging around.

In the coming weeks, we’ve got tournaments scheduled and leagues kicking off. If the 20-yard, indoor game is your thing, then your season is here.

Of course, the highlight of the year is the annual Lancaster Archery Classic. It’s the largest indoor archery tournament on the East Coast, and to call it ‘fun’ would be an understatement. It’s a big event for the best pro archers in the world, for sure, but there’s plenty of competition on the range for amateurs as well.

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Check out the list of activities we’ve got on tap for January and February.

ARCHERY CLASSES

We’ve got multiple, 6-week classes starting soon in our Experience ArcheryIntermediate Archery and Introduction to Competitive Archery courses. Listed below are the start dates and class times. Unless specified, classes are open to all archers age 6 and older. Call (717) 556-1379 for information on any of the activities listed below.

EXPERIENCE ARCHERY – ALL AGES:  Jan. 7 and 30, 5-6 p.m.; Feb. 2, 8:30-9:30 a.m.; Feb. 25, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

INTERMEDIATE ARCHERY: Jan. 7 and 30, 6:30-7:30 p.m.; Feb. 2, 10-11 a.m.;  Feb. 25, 5-6 p.m.

INTRODUCTION TO COMPETITIVE ARCHERY: March 30, 2:30-3:30 p.m.

SPECIAL EVENTS

FITA ARCHERS OF PA INDOOR STATES:  Jan. 12-13; 60-arrow Star FITA competition. Register here.

LANCASTER ARCHERY CLASSIC: Jan. 25-27 at Spooky Nook Sports Complex, 75 Champ Blvd., Manheim, PA; LAS rules apply; 60-arrow qualification, followed by elimination matches and shoot-up finals. Register here.

U.S. INDOOR NATIONALS AND JOAD NATIONAL INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS: Feb. 22-24 for U.S. Nationals; Feb. 22-23 for JOAD Nationals. Both held on the Academy range. Click here for registration information for both events.

WINTER TARGET LEAGUE: 10-week league starts Jan. 9; FITA 30-arrow round, with Classic scoring; 6-8 p.m. every Wednesday. Register here.

TECHNOHUNT LEAGUE: 10-week league starts Jan. 9; 30-arrow sessions. Register here.

LEVEL 2 COACH CERTIFICATION COURSE: Jan. 4-5. Earn your Level 2 certification to work with programs including JOAD, NASP and collegiate and local clubs. Register here. 

COFFEE CLUB: Join us every Friday morning at 9 a.m. to eat donuts, drink coffee and shoot your bow.

Competition Archery Media Announces 2019 Schedule

Competition Archery Media has solidified its 2019 schedule to bring to the public professional coverage of the biggest and best archery competitions across the United States. CAM will partner with the National Field Archery Association (NFAA) to provide additional coverage of The Vegas Shoot and Indoor World Series Final; and the NFAA Indoor Nationals. CAM also will provide exclusive coverage of USA Archery competitions in 2019, in addition to the full season of Archery Shooters Association (ASA) events, to include the ASA Winter CanAm Classic.

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CAM is a company of professionals who have decades of experience providing television broadcast coverage of professional and amateur sports events, including archery.

Following is CAM’s 2019 schedule of events. Tournaments highlighted in bold text will feature live coverage of final shootdowns or medal matches. Other events will feature taped, daily summary shows, scoring updates, photo galleries and more.

* Lancaster Archery Classic, Jan. 25-27, Manheim, Pa.

* The Vegas Shoot, Feb. 8-10, Las Vegas, Nevada

* ASA Hoyt Archery Pro/Am, Feb. 21-24, Foley, Ala.

* 2019 ASA Winter CanAm Classic, March 7-10, Verona, N.Y.

* USA Archery National Indoor Final, March 15, Cincinnati, Ohio

* NFAA Indoor Nationals, March 15-17, Cincinnati, Ohio

* ASA New Breed & Black Eagle Pro/Am, March 21-24, Mitchell, Ala.

* USA Archery Arizona Cup, April 5-7, Phoenix, Ariz.

* ASA Easton Southwest Shootout, April 25-28, Paris, Texas

* Western Classic Trail Shoot and NFAA Marked 3D Championships, May 3-4, Redding, Calif.

* ASA TRUBall/Vortex Pro/Am, May 16-19, Augusta, Ga.

* USA Archery Gator Cup, May 31-June 2, Newberry, Fla.

* ASA Mathews Pro/Am, June 20-23, London, Ky.

* McKenzie ASA Classic, Aug. 1-4, Metropolis, Ill.

* USA Archery Outdoor Target Nationals, Aug. 14-17, Dublin, Ohio

For more information about CAM, visit our website.

Lancaster Archery Academy October-November Newsletter

Fall is here, which means it’s time for indoor archery season!

You thought I was going to say it’s hunting season. Well, it is hunting season, but it’s also time to shake the rust off your indoor archery game.

Come on out  and get started! At Lancaster Archery Academy, we look forward to spending time with archers of all ages and skill levels.

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Check out the list of activities we’ve got on tap for October and November.

ARCHERY CLASSES

We’ve got multiple, 6-week classes starting soon in our Experience ArcheryIntermediate Archery and Introduction to Competitive Archery courses. Listed below are the start dates and class times. Unless specified, classes are open to all archers age 6 and older. Call (717) 556-1379 for information on any of the activities listed below.

EXPERIENCE ARCHERY – ALL AGES:  Oct. 6 and Nov. 24, 8:30-9:30 a.m.; Oct. 31, 5-6 p.m.

INTERMEDIATE ARCHERY: Sept. 19 and Oct. 8; 5-6 p.m.; Oct. 31, 6:30-7:30 p.m.; Oct. 6 and Nov. 24, 10-11 a.m.

INTRODUCTION TO COMPETITIVE ARCHERY: Nov. 24, 2:30-3:30 p.m.

SPECIAL EVENTS

FALL HARVEST ARCHERY TOURNAMENT: Come to our first indoor Star/FITA tournament of the season; 60 arrows; World Archery/USA Archery rules apply. Register here.

DICK TONE AND JAY BARRS RECURVE SEMINAR: Nov. 9-11. Come for three days of advanced instruction from an Olympic gold medalist – Jay Barrs – and his coach – Dick Tone. This is for intermediate and advanced recurve archers, age 11 and up. Register here.

WILDE SHOTS COMPOUND SEMINAR: Dec. 7-9. Brothers Reo and Logan Wilde are two of the best compound archers in the U.S., with many titles and records to their names. Archers age 11 and up can come for three days of advanced instruction from these brothers – and have a good time doing it! Register here.

COFFEE CLUB: Join us every Friday morning at 9 a.m. to eat donuts, drink coffee and shoot your bow.

The 2019 Lancaster Archery Classic Registration is Open

Registration is now open for the 2019 Lancaster Archery Classic, scheduled for Jan. 25-27 at the Spooky Nook Sports Complex in Manheim, Pa.

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And while it might not seem possible for the East Coast’s largest indoor archery tournament to get even bigger, the 2019 event promises just that. The 2017 Classic was the first at the massive Spooky Nook complex, which features 17 acres under roof, and it drew a record 1,100 archers from 13 countries. But there’s plenty of room for many more archers.

The 1,600-plus archers expected to enter the 2019 Classic will compete in 15 divisions for over $300,000 in prize and contingency money, including the top payout of $20,000 for the Open Pro champion. That’s a $5,000 increase over last year’s top prize.

You’ll also notice the division is now called “Open Pro,” rather than “Men’s Open Pro.” That’s because the Open Pro class is open to both men and women.

Payouts for the 2019 Classic are being increased in several other divisions as well. Following substantial increases last year, prize money in some recurve divisions is being hiked again. The Barebow and Men’s Recurve champions each will take home tournament checks for $6,000 – up from $5,000 last year. That’s almost unheard of in competitive recurve archery. The Women’s Recurve champion will earn $3,000 – up from $2,500.

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The other top finishers in these three recurve divisions also will see increases in cash awards. In Men’s Recurve and Barebow, second- third- and fourth-place archers will be awarded $2,500, $1,500 and $750 respectively. For fifth-eighth place in Men’s Recurve, the payout is $350 per archer, while ninth-16th place finishers each will win $250.

In Women’s Recurve, the runner up will receive $1,500; third-place finisher, $1,000; fourth-place finisher, $500; and $250 will be paid to each of the fifth-eighth-place finishers.

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Besides the prize money, the first-through-third-place Barebow archers also will receive special barebow trophies, following a practice that was started at the 2018 Classic. Similarly, the top-three female barebow finishers – who compete against the men in the combined division – will again receive $750, $250 and $150, respectively, plus special trophies.

Fifth-eighth-place Barebow division archers each will win $300, while ninth-16th will earn $200 apiece, and 17th-32nd will each take home $15o. That’s’ a deeper payout than Barebow archers ever have received before at the Classic. It’s a recognition of their enthusiasm for, and commitment to, recurve barebow archery, which Lancaster Archery Supply avidly supports.

The number of Barebow division archers in 2018 – 125 – was basically double the number that competed the year before. And, as has been the case the past two years, the video of the Barebow Division Finals at the 2018 Classic has by far been the most viewed of all the division finals videos on the LAS YouTube Channel. The Barebow video has been viewed over 175,000 times since it was posted in late January – more than three times the number of views garnered by the Men’s Open Pro and Women’s Open Pro finals videos combined.

Other increased payouts for 2019 are as follows:

Open Pro: second place – $7,500; third place – $5,000; fourth – $2,500.

Women’s Open Pro and Masters Open Pro: first – $4,000; second – $2,000; third – $1,250; fourth – $1,000.

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Youth Male Open: first – $2,000; second – $1,000; third – $600; fourth – $350; fifth-eighth – $250; and ninth-16th – $150.

All other payouts that were in place for the 2018 Classic, remain the same for 2019.

To accommodate the increased Open Pro payouts, the registration fee for that class is being raised a bit for 2019. The discounted, early-registration fee is $350 for Open Pro archers who register before Dec. 30. After Dec. 30, that fee rises to $400. All other registration fees for 2019 will mirror 2018.

A wildly successful addition to the 2018 Classic that will return in 2019 is the Easton Youth Trophy Tournament. This is a special, one-day competition for archers under the age of 21, that affords the opportunity to experience a world-class tournament, such as the Classic, but for a fraction of the cost and a fraction of the time commitment.

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The Easton Youth Trophy Tournament will be a 60-arrow competition scheduled for 1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 26. We’ve expanded the shooting area, so there will be room for 540 archers this year – nearly double last year’s field.

Archers will be separated into four age divisions for competition – Bowman, age 12 and under; Cub, age 13 and 14; Cadet, age 15-17; and Junior, age 18-20. Archers should register in the appropriate division based on their ages as of Jan. 25, 2019. There will be both male and female classes for each division. Champions in each division – determined by score in the 60-arrow round – will receive trophies, with medals going to each of the top three finishers.

Easton Youth Trophy Tournament archers are not excluded from the Classic. They can shoot in both tournaments if they want. Just be aware, the Classic finals might overlap with the Easton Youth Trophy Tournament – especially the Classic’s Youth Male Recurve finals, which are scheduled to begin at 3:40 p.m. on Saturday.

Due to growth in the competition fields, more archers in both the Women’s Open and Bowhunter divisions will have the chance to shoot their way into the 2019 Classic finals. While the eliminations field for these two divisions used to consist of the top 16 archers, the top 32 will qualify at the 2019 Classic.

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That’s critical under the Classic format. If you can make it to the elimination rounds, you’ve got a real chance to win your division. That’s one of the things archers love most about the Classic.

Imperfection does not necessarily mean you’re out of the Classic. All you have to do is shoot well enough in the 60-arrow qualifying round to make the cut to advance to eliminations. In that part of the competition, you’ll shoot a 12-arrow, head-to-head match against another qualifier. Win, and you advance.

If you can win enough matches to make it past the finals cut-off for your division, you can shoot your way to victory. Let’s say you finish the qualification round and elimination matches ranked eighth in your division. And let’s say that division takes the top eight archers for the finals shoot ups.

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As the No. 8 archer, you would start the finals by shooting a head-to-head match against the No. 7 archer. The winner of that match takes on the No. 6 archer. This process continues until someone shoots a match against the No. 1 archer for the division championship title, lots of cash and a well-deserved place in LAS Classic history. So in a division that advances 64 archers to elimination matches, it is entirely possible for the archer that shot the 64th best qualification score to win his or her division.

Aside from these changes, improvements and additions, archers can count on the usual, world-renowned, top-shelf Classic experience at the 2019 event. You’ll be treated like royalty from the moment you walk through the front doors of Spooky Nook. The entire LAS crew on site is there to serve you.

We’ve got an on-site practice facility, which will be available for an additional fee of $10, if purchased before the event, or $15 on site. Or, you can practice for free at the LAS Pro Shop, which is 15 minutes away from Spooky Nook. A shuttle will ferry people from Spooky Nook to the Pro Shop regularly during the tournament.

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When you’re shooting your qualification round, you’ll be shoulder to shoulder with the best archers in the world. Archers and archery fans can meet a selection of the top pros and Olympians for photos and autographs during a “meet and greet” event scheduled for Saturday. Our sponsoring equipment manufacturers will have over 40 booths set up to show you the latest and greatest target archery gear.

Sign up now. We hope to see you at Spooky Nook in January!

Competitive Barebow Archery Continues to Expand

A push to promote recurve barebow archery at the 2018 Lancaster Archery Classic seems to be spreading across the globe.

World Archery, National Field Archery Association and Archery Shooters Association all recently announced new opportunities for recurve barebow archers at 2018-19 tournaments.

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World Archery on Sept. 15 opened entries for its 2018 Indoor Archery World Series events. This is a series of six indoor, 18-meter tournaments held in different locations around the world in late 2018 and early 2019.

Formerly known as World Cup tournaments, these competitions previously required archers to be part of a national team in order to enter. World Archery has changed that rule this year to allow any archer to enter, and at least one of the competitions will feature recurve barebow classes. None of the events previously had barebow divisions.

The Roma Trophy tournament, scheduled for Dec. 14-16 in Rome, has competition classes for recurve barebow archers. Barebow archers are hoping the same classes will be added to the World Series event attached to The Vegas Shoot, though they had not as of late September.

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Run by NFAA, The Vegas Shoot Feb. 8-10 in Las Vegas will feature for the first time Recurve Barebow Flights. Rules for that division will mirror World Archery’s barebow guidelines.

NFAA has always had Championship Barebow at The Vegas Shoot, but that barebow division differs from World Archery barebow in that the bows that are allowed can be recurve or compound, and the use of stabilizers and draw checks are permitted. A draw check is a device that allows an archer to know exactly how far they have drawn their bow in order to release arrows from a consistent point in the draw cycle.

World Archery barebow is limited to recurve bows that must fit through a narrow ring, which basically eliminates the use of stabilizers, but does allow for additional weights to be added to the riser. Draw checks cannot be used in World Archery barebow competitions.

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Neither organization allows the use of sights in its barebow divisions.

ASA has added two new classes to its slate of competition divisions – Barebow Recurve and Olympic Recurve. Both follow the USA Archery rules for these classes – which mirror World Archery’s – to support the participation of USA Archery college teams in 3-D tournaments. The move also facilitates the International 3-D Championship qualifying event that will be part of the ASA Kentucky Pro/AM scheduled for June 20-23, 2019.

All of these new recurve barebow opportunities follow changes made to the barebow division at the 2018 Lancaster Archery Classic. After noticing an exciting growth in interest in recurve barebow archery, Classic organizers increased the prize money and added new trophies awarded to archers competing in the barebow division at the 2018 event. They also changed the equipment rules so that the Classic barebow rules mirror World Archery’s.

With the tournament changes in place, registration among barebow archers doubled from the 2017 Classic to 2018.

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