New Victory Youth Trophy Tournament added to 2018 Lancaster Archery Classic

Lancaster Archery Supply is committed to helping as many archers as possible experience the East Coast’s premiere archery tournament – the Lancaster Archery Classic.

New for the 2018 version of the Classic at Spooky Nook Sports Complex in Manheim, Pa., is the addition of the Youth Trophy Tournament. This special competition for young archers under the age of 21 affords the opportunity to rub elbows with the pros, and to shoot in the Classic venue at a fraction of the normal cost, and a fraction of the normal time commitment.

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Here’s how the event will work. All Youth Trophy Tournament entrants will shoot on Saturday, Jan. 27, at 1 p.m. They 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. 26, 2018. They also will be separated according to gender, and by their shooting equipment – compound, recurve or barebow. So this tournament alone features 12 divisions each for young male and female archers.

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Like the rest of the Classic archers, all Youth Trophy Tournament competitors will shoot 60 arrows from a distance of 18 meters at a 40 cm target face, with X’s scored as 11s. Differing from the rest of the Classic, however, is the fact that there are no elimination matches or shoot-ups in the youth event. Trophies will be awarded based on the 60-arrow scores alone. The top finisher in each division will receive a trophy, and the top three each will receive deluxe medallions.

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So rather than pay $150 and potentially tie up two or more days, Youth Trophy Tournament archers can pay $75 for one day of competition, shooting side by side with other young archers. The Classic atmosphere will still be all around, as shoot-up matches for the Classic tournament take place adjacent to the Youth Trophy Tournament. And there will be plenty of pros around to take photos with and sign autographs. But this new tournament will give young archers the chance to test the Classic experience without having to invest the time, money and mental fortitude that the Classic requires.

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Once the youth event is completed, archers can walk over to the Classic finals shoot-up area and watch other young archers shoot their final head-to-head matches in the Youth Female Open, Youth Female Recurve and Youth Male Recurve divisions.

The 2018 Lancaster Archery Classic Registration is open

Registration is now open for the 2018 Lancaster Archery Classic, scheduled for Jan. 26-28 at the Spooky Nook Sports Complex in Manheim, Pa.

And while it might not seem possible for the East Coast’s largest indoor archery tournament to get even bigger, the 2018 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.

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The 1,500-plus archers expected to enter the 2018 Classic will compete in 15 divisions for over $300,000 in prize and contingency money, including the top payout of $15,000 for the Men’s Open Pro champion. Payouts have doubled or drastically increased over previous levels in three recurve divisions, which is sure to attract more archers.

And there’s a brand new competition within the Classic aimed at young archers. The Youth Trophy Tournament offers the chance for archers under 21 to experience the Classic for a fraction of the normal cost and time commitment. Learn more about this new event here.

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The LAS Classic continues to grow at a steady pace. Not just in competing archers, but in the number of people who watch from home. We started live streaming basic video of competition back in 2011. After the tournament, the competition recording was split up into multiple videos, which all were uploaded to the LAS YouTube channel. That process held through the 2015 Classic.

In 2016, we improved the live broadcast of qualification and elimination rounds, and launched a professional-grade production of the finals shoot-ups, to include live commentary and multiple camera angles. The world at large has responded positively to the increased quality of our broadcast production. From 2011 through 2016, YouTube views of all Classic videos totaled about 750,000 combined. The 2017 Classic videos alone drew more than 540,000 views.

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And while all of the 2017 videos have been viewed heavily, there was a clear favorite among the viewing public. It might not be the video you’d think. The Men’s Open Pro finals results in the largest payout of the tournament, with $15,000 going to the winner. And that division, plus Women’s Open Pro, feature the biggest names in professional archery. Reo Wilde, Jesse Broadwater, Braden Gellenthien, Mike Schloesser, Erika Jones, Sarah Lance and Sarah Sönnichsen are just a few of the famous pros who are regulars in our finals shoot ups.

But if you combine the total 2017 Classic YouTube views of both of the finals videos from those divisions – 129,663 – that number falls short of the single-most watched video posted from the tournament. The Barebow Recurve Finals video has drawn 129,999 views since it was posted, and that number keeps climbing every week. The viewing public loves Barebow above all other divisions.

“Fantastic shooting,” Jake Bullit wrote in the comment section beneath the video. “That’s where the skill is at in archery.”

“This is pure archery – love it,” wrote Thomas Jefferson.

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Bobby Worthington, right, takes aim in the 2017 Barebow Recurve gold medal match, as eventual winner John Demmer waits for his turn to shoot.

For the 2018 Classic, big changes are coming to the Barebow division. Many YouTube commenters expressed displeasure in seeing barebow archers using stabilizers and draw checks, which help archers release arrows from a consistent point in their draw cycle.

At the 2018 Classic, the rules for Barebow are changing to match World Archery mandates. Allowed will be recurve or longbows fitted with a rest and plunger. String walking is permitted. No bow mounted clickers or draw checks will be allowed, and no stabilizers will be allowed. Riser mounted weights will be permitted, as long as the bow -with all accessories attached – fits through a 12.2 cm ring.

In hopes of drawing more recurve archers to the 2018 Classic, we’re increasing payouts to the winners. In the Men’s Recurve division, LAS plans to pay $5,000 to the winner, $2,000 to the runner up, $1,000 for third place, $500 for fourth place, $300 each to the fifth through eighth place finishers, and $200 for ninth through 16th place. At the 2017 tournament, those payouts were $2,000 for the winner, $1,050 for second, $750 for third, $400 for fourth, $250 for fifth through eighth and $100 for ninth through 16th.

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Brady Ellison won his first Men’s Recurve division title at the 2017 LAS Classic.

The Women’s Recurve payouts for 2018 will be $2,500 for first place, $1,250 for second, $700 for third, $400 for fourth and $200 for fifth through eighth. Those numbers are up from the 2017 payouts of $1,000 for first, $550 for second, $350 for third and $250 for fourth.

In the Barebow division, the 2018 payouts will be $2,000 for the winner, $1,000 for second place, $600 for third, $400 for fourth and $250 for fifth through eighth. In 2017, the payouts were $1,200 for first place, $600 for second, $400 for third, $250 for fourth and $200 for fifth.

Aside from these changes, improvements and additions, archers can count on the usual, world-renowned, top-shelf Classic experience at the 2018 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. 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.

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U.S. Olympic archers, from left, Zach Garrett, Mackenzie Brown, Brady Ellison and Jake Kaminski meet fans at the 2017 Classic.

And of course, there’s the unique, Classic competition format. Imperfection does not necessarily mean you’re out of the Classic. All you have to do is shoot well enough in the 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 matches 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.

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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 American author H. Jackson Brown Jr. once famously said, “Opportunity dances with those who are already on the dance floor.”

Don’t miss the 2018 LAS Classic!

Experience the 2017 Lancaster Archery Classic through our video playlists

The 2017 Lancaster Archery Classic was a huge success.

Nearly 1,100 archers from all over the world came to the massive Spooky Nook Sports Complex outside Lancaster, Pa., and spent three days from Jan. 27-29 putting on one of the finest displays of indoor archery skills seen anywhere.

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The Lancaster Archery Supply team broadcast every minute of the action live on YouTube, World Archery TV and on the LAS website.

That action also was recorded so that it could be viewed forever, and we’ve organized it into two playlists to help you find your favorite moments.

Here is a playlist of the finals competition videos broken down into all 15 Classic divisions. And click here for a hyperlink to those videos, as well.

And here’s a playlist of all the competition, which includes the Saturday morning elimination matches and videos showing each of the three qualification lines on Friday. And click here for a hyperlink to those videos, as well.

 

Record turnout to 2017 Lancaster Archery Classic results in fantastic shooting

The 2017 Lancaster Archery Classic is in the history books and it definitely was one for the ages.

The largest field ever – 1,093 archers – turned out at the Classic’s largest venue ever – the 750,000-square-foot Spooky Nook Sports Complex outside Manheim, Pa. – from Jan. 27-29. This was the 14th year Lancaster Archery Supply put on the professional tournament, which is the largest indoor archery competition on the East Coast of the United States.

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The best of the best from all over the world competed in 15 divisions over the three-day tournament. And they sure put on a display of the finest archery seen anywhere, in any competition.

The barebow archers – archers shooting recurve bows with no sights – posted two “Robin Hoods” during competition. A Robin Hood is when an archer drills one arrow directly into the back of another, so the two arrows are stuck together. It indicates two arrows hitting the target in exactly the same spot. It’s an incredible feat for any archer to accomplish, but it’s extra special when a barebow archers hits one.

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On the compound bow side, Stefan Hansen posted the top qualifying score of 659. That means that, out of 60 arrows, Stefan, who lives in Denmark, shot 59 arrows in the center bull’s-eye, which is about the size of a penny. He had only one arrow hit outside that 11-point ring. It landed in the 10-ring.

One of the biggest storylines out of this year’s Classic has to be the fact that all-world Olympic recurve archer Brady Ellison finally won Lancaster. Ellison, who holds the world indoor record of 599 out of 600 and who took the individual bronze at the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio – as well as a team silver medal – had finished second at the LAS Classic three times in the past, but had never won it.

Until this year.

“Finally got this one,” Ellison said after he took the Men’s Recurve title by defeating Canadian champion, Crispin Duenas, who is a two-time winner at the Classic.

“The competition here is always tough,” he said.

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Men’s Recurve winners, from left, Crispin Duenas, Brady Ellison and Zach Garrett.

The Men’s Open Pro competition was just as hot as it could have been. The second shoot-up match between Logan Wilde and Dan McCarthy ended in a tie, and it had to go to a shoot-off.

In the Classic, shoot-offs can consist of a total of three arrows. The first two are sudden death. That is, each archer shoots one arrow. If one scores higher than the other, the winner is declared. If both score the same, they move to a second, sudden-death arrow. If both archers are tied after the second arrow, they each shoot one arrow at the target and the one that’s closest to dead center wins it.

McCarthy and Wilde went to that third arrow before Wilde was declared the winner. In the fourth match, Jacob Marlow and three-time Classic champ Jesse Broadwater were tied after the regular competition, and they also had to shoot three arrows in their shoot-off. Marlow won with an arrow that was nearly perfectly in the middle of the target.

“This is what we want to see,” Kaufhold said of the shoot-offs. The crowd cheered in agreement.

Marlow then defeated Chance Beaubouef to take on top qualifier Mike Schloesser of Denmark – World Archery’s No. 2-ranked archer.

Schloesser put on a clinic in target archery, showing why he carries the nickname, “Mr. Perfect.” He shot twelve 11s in a row to claim the title of 2017 Men’s Open Pro champion, and the top prize of $15,000 from Lancaster Archery Supply. With contingency payments from his sponsors, Schloesser likely cleared $20,000 for the weekend competition.

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All totaled, Lancaster Archery Supply gave away more than $150,000 in cash and prizes at the Classic, and sponsor contingencies up for grabs were around $200,000.

Casey Kaufhold – the 12-year-old daughter of Lancaster Archery Supply owners Rob and Carole Kaufhold – stole the crowd’s heart by shooting her way into the finals of the Women’s Recurve division, where she faced U.S. Olympic Team archer and 2016 Classic champion, Mackenzie Brown.

Casey could have shot in the youth division, since that class covers archers age 11-17, but she told her parents it was a dream of hers to compete against Mackenzie Brown, who is arguably the best female recurve archer in the U.S.

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Casey’s path to that finals match wasn’t easy – especially for a 12-year-old. First, she had to win an elimination match against U.S. Archery Team member, former National Champion and 2015 LAS Classic Champion, LaNola Pritchard, which she did by just one point. Then she had to win two finals matches to earn the right to face Brown. Showing poise beyond her years, she did just that, garnering more and more applause with each solid arrow.

In the finals match, Casey shot a solid round, but she couldn’t take down Brown, who won the title for a second year in a row.

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Women’s Recurve winners, from left, Casey Kaufhold, Mackenzie Brown and Gabriela Bayardo.

Below is a complete listing of the top-three finishers – in order from first to third – in each of the 15 divisions at this year’s Classic.

Men’s Open Pro – Mike Schloesser, Jacob Marlow, Chance Beaubouef

Women’s Open Pro – Sarah Sonnichsen, Erika Jones, Paige Gore

Masters Open Pro – Duane Price, Billy Hicks, Benton Christensen

Men’s Recurve – Brady Ellison, Crispin Duenas, Zachary Garrett

Women’s Recurve – Mackenzie Brown, Casey Kaufhold, Gabriela Bayardo

Barebow Recurve – John Demmer III, Bobby Worthington, Scott Bills

Bowhunter – Caleb Kerstetter, Justin Clark, Jonathan Purdy

Youth Recurve Male (11-17) – Conner Kaufhold, Timothy Chung, Reece Wilson-Poyton

Youth Recurve Female (11-17) – Lianna Pottgen, Alyssa Artz, Lindsey Bouffard

Senior Open – Dee Wilde, Benny Parenteau, Richard Theilig

Men’s Open – Ethan King, Ryan Locke, Ryan Reed

Women’s Open – Sophia Strachan, Katie Fladzinski, Melissa McBride

Masters Open – Tony Harris Kent Stigall, Rick Smith

Youth Open Male (11-17) – Anthony Ferraro, Eli Hughes, Michael Hulburt Jr.

Youth Open Female (11-17) – Valerie Aten, Alexis Ruiz, Hannah Moose

The Classic is a monumental effort that is the result of a full year of planning and hard work by every one of Lancaster Archery Supply’s employees. Those employees converted two massive fields within the Spooky Nook Sports Complex – which normally is used for football, volleyball, soccer and similar field sports – into a high-caliber archery range in less than two days.

Equally important in making the Classic possible are the event sponsors.

Lancaster Archery Supply thanks its 2017 Classic sponsors: TRU Ball/Axcel, Hoyt, Dead Center, Carbon Express, Mathews, Black Eagle, Carter, Bloodsport, Doinker, BCY, Victory, Scott, CBE, Easton, Shrewd, SKB, Shibuya, Gold Tip, B-Stinger, Vortex Optics, American Whitetail, Top Hat, Stan, Win&Win, Cartel, Prime, Elite, Leupold, PSE, Gateway, Last Chance, Gearhead, Limbsaver, Neet, Beiter, Big Shot Targets, Speciality Archery, Flex Fletch, AAE Feather Vision, Spot Hogg, Rinehart, Bohning, Bowtech, HHA, Sure Loc, Competition Archery and Maple Leaf.

Four ways to follow the 2017 Lancaster Archery Classic

Every year, Lancaster Archery Supply hosts the Lancaster Archery Classic in an effort to share our passion for indoor target archery with the world.

There are multiple ways that you can watch and follow the action at this year’s event, Jan. 27-29.

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For global Internet users, Lancaster Archery Supply will broadcast every second of the Classic on our YouTube channel. You can access the live feed for the event through our website at https://www.lancasterarchery.com/archery-classic-videos.

We will cover each of the three qualification lines on Friday, and present interviews with many of your favorite competitors, as well as discussions with manufacturers about the equipment being used at the Classic.

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On Saturday morning, we will bring you broad coverage of the elimination matches, with booth commentary to keep you oriented on the progression of the tournament. Finals matches will begin Saturday afternoon, and we will follow each arrow of each head-to-head competition, with expert commentary from our broadcast team, led by veteran pro, Chuck Cooley.

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From left, Alex Wifler, Carl Arky and Chuck Cooley.

On Sunday, we will continue to provide coverage of the last of the finals shoot-ups, ending with the Women’s and Men’s Open Pro divisions.

If you are a local Blue Ridge Cable subscriber, tune in to Channel 11 at noon on Sunday to watch a live broadcast of the final shoot ups in in the Women’s and Men’s Open Pro classes. Parts of Saturday’s shoot up finals will also be broadcast on Blue Ridge TV.

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For Internet users who want to check scores without the disruption of video, you can view live results for each archer and division on the website Rcherz.com. Check the results for the classic at https://frontend.rcherz.com/competitions/detail/7021/2017_Lancaster_Archery_Classic

Scores will be uploaded to Rcherz in real time as the competitors record the arrows on scoring tablets.

If you are able to come out for a day or two to watch the action, we invite you to attend the 2017 Lancaster Archery Classic for free. The tournament is being held in the Spooky Nook Sports Complex, 75 Champ Blvd., Manheim, PA.

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Admission is free, however, Spooky Nook charges $5 for parking. There will be plenty of seating on the field behind the archers, as well as in an elevated seating area above the field.

Competition will run from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m.-6:30 p.m. on Saturday; and 8 a.m.-3 p.m. on Sunday.

Over 1,000 archers headed to 2017 Lancaster Archery Classic

The stage is set for the 14th annual Lancaster Archery Classic, Jan. 27-29, at Spooky Nook Sports, 75 Champ Blvd., Manheim, PA.

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Photo by Jeff Sanchez

Over 1,000 archers from 13 countries – including the majority of the sport’s best athletes – will compete in this unique tournament for over $150,000 in cash and prizes from Lancaster Archery Supply, plus another $190,000 in potential contingency awards from equipment manufacturers. The top prize of $15,000 – plus thousands more in contingency money – will be paid to the Men’s Open Pro champion.

The Classic is the largest indoor archery tournament on the East Coast, which is why it draws many of the sport’s biggest stars, including World Archery’s top three archers in Men’s Compound – Mike Schloesser of Netherlands, Stephan Hansen of Denmark and Reo Wilde of USA.

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Photo by Jeff Sanchez

Also registered to compete are 2016 Olympic bronze medalist Brady Ellison of USA, top-ten World Archery Women’s Compound archers Linda Ochoa-Anderson of Mexico and Toja Ellison of Slovenia, as well as dozens of other elite, well-known archers such as Jesse Broadwater, Levi Morgan and Mackenzie Brown.

The competition also draws a large amateur crowd, with payouts, $50,000 in door prizes and live video coverage for all 15 divisions.

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Photo by Jeff Sanchez

Footage from the three-day tournament will be broadcast live on YouTube, lancasterarchery.com and Blue Ridge Cable TV 11, attracting tens of thousands of TV and online viewers. You can also follow live scoring via Rcherz.com.

The Classic’s format is what makes it so popular. One bad arrow doesn’t necessarily eliminate an archer from contention.

On Friday, Jan. 27, each competitor will shoot a qualification round of 60 arrows shot at targets 18 meters away. A perfect score would be 660, since the inner-most bull’s-eye ring – about the size of a penny – scores 11 points.

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Photo by Jeff Sanchez

After ranking archers’ Friday qualification scores, the field in each of the 15 competition divisions will be whittled down to top finishers, who will shoot head-to-head elimination rounds in a bracket style competition on Saturday morning.

Finalists in each division will emerge from those brackets to compete in 12-arrow shoot-up style elimination rounds, where lower-ranked archers can shoot their way up to the top to win the competition. Some divisions will compete in their shoot-ups Saturday afternoon, while the remaining divisions – including Men’s Open Pro – will finish Sunday.

Besides the competition, more than 40 vendors will have booths set up at the venue, showcasing the latest and greatest in target archery equipment.  The 200,000 square foot, TRUBALL/AXCEL Archery Hall could accommodate up to 2,000 archers within the 17-acre Spooky Nook Sports Complex.  Seminars will be conducted all day Friday by various industry experts in the Carbon Express Olympic Hall.

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Photo by Jeff Sanchez

Tournament hours are 8 a.m.-8 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 27; 8 a.m.-6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 28; 8 a.m.-3 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 29. Spectators are invited to attend the competition for free, however Spooky Nook charges for parking.

If you would like to speak to a Lancaster Archery Supply representative, come out and cover the event, and/or speak to any of the archers, please contact P.J. Reilly at 717-575-3039 or [email protected].

Lancaster Archery Supply thanks its 2017 Classic sponsors: TRU Ball/Axcel, Hoyt, Dead Center, Carbon Express, Mathews, Black Eagle, Carter, Bloodsport, Doinker, BCY, Victory, Scott, CBE, Easton, Shrewd, SKB, Shibuya, Gold Tip, B-Stinger, Vortex Optics, American Whitetail, Top Hat, Stan, Win&Win, Cartel, Prime, Elite, Leupold, PSE, Gateway, Last Chance, Gearhead, Limbsaver, Neet, Beiter, Big Shot Targets, Speciality Archery, Flex Fletch, AAE Feather Vision, Spot Hogg, Rinehart, Bohning, Bowtech, HHA, Sure Loc, Competition Archery and Maple Leaf.

Founded in 1983, Lancaster Archery Supply, Inc. offers the world’s largest online and in-store selection of 3D, target, bowhunting and traditional archery equipment. The company’s warehouse and corporate offices are located at 21 Graybill Road, Leola, while its Pro Shop and Lancaster Archery Academy are at 2195-A Old Philadelphia Pike, Lancaster.

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Photo by Jeff Sanchez

 

 

EXPLAINED: Lancaster Archery Classic Bowhunter Division Rules

The Lancaster Archery Classic is just around the corner, scheduled for Jan. 27-29, 2017, at Spooky Nook Sports in Lancaster County, PA.

More than 1,000 archers from all over the world are expected to show up to compete for over $100,000 in 15 different divisions.

The one division Lancaster Archery Supply gets the most questions about is the Bowhunter Division and its unique equipment rules, since there are several archery organizations with varying restrictions for archers competing in their “Bowhunter” or “Hunter” classes.

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For the Lancaster Archery Classic, organizers follow the NFAA rules for Bowhunter equipment restrictions.

Those rules allow archers in the Bowhunter division to use arrows up to 27/64 inches in diameter. Those arrows can have glue-in points or they can have inserts and screw-in points.

Mechanical release aids are allowed.

Only sights with fixed pins can be used, including a sight with a single, adjustable pin. Once scoring begins, Bowhunter division archers are not permitted to adjust their sights or to move a peep sight.

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The sight can have a round scope housing, but no magnifying lenses are permitted.

Peep verifier lenses and light kits are allowed.

A stabilizer front bar is allowed if it extends no more than 12 inches out from the back of the riser.

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(Remember, the back of the riser is the side that faces away from the archer at full draw. The belly is the side that faces the archer.)

Mounting hardware and weights are included in that 12-inch restriction.

V-bars and side rods are allowed. There is no length restriction on any rear-facing bar.

 

Lancaster Archery Classic through the years

The 2017 Lancaster Archery Classic, taking place Jan. 27-29 at Spooky Nook Sports, will be the 14th iteration of this annual event.

The Classic has grown tremendously since its inception in 2004, and is now the largest indoor archery tournament on the East Coast.

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January’s event is shaping up to be the best and biggest yet, with over 1,000 archers expected to compete at our new venue – the T.R.U. Ball/Axcel Hall in the Spooky Nook Sports Complex. At nearly three-quarters of a million square feet, Spooky Nook features 17 acres under roof, 40 vendor booths and on-site restaurants and lodging. Archers will compete in 15 divisions for over $100,000 in prize money, including the top payout of $15,000 to the Men’s Open Pro champion.

Register now.

With the 2017 tournament closing in, we thought we’d take a trip down memory lane to revisit facts and information about the Classic from the past 13 years.

According to LAS president and founder, Rob Kaufhold, the Classic began as a fun and creative way for LAS to show our appreciation to archers for their loyal business. That first event in 2004 drew 116 archers, who competed in five divisions – Men’s Unlimited, Women’s Unlimited, Men’s Recurve, Women’s Recurve and Limited – on the ranges on site at Lancaster Archery Supply’s longtime home at 2195-A Old Philadelphia Pike.

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LAS president and founder Rob Kaufhold spends a lot of time on the mic at the Classic.

Just one year later, the separate classes for Men’s and Women’s Recurve were combined so all recurve archers shot against one another, and a new division for Bowhunters was added. In 2006, the Recurve division was combined with Compound Limited.

A Masters division for archers age 50 and older was added in 2007, and the Classic offered competitions in Men’s Unlimited, Women’s Unlimited, Bowhunter, Masters and Limited classes for five years. All through those years, attendance climbed – from 224 in 2007 to 306 in 2011.

For 2012, recurve archers had their own division restored in a combined male-female class. In 2014, a Youth Open division was added, and it drew 38 young archers. Also added was a Senior class for archers age 60 and older. That same year, the Limited class was dropped, as shooting compounds with fingers continued its fall out of popularity in the archery world.

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A Limited class for archers shooting compound bows with fingers, was part of the Classic through 2013, but was dropped in 2014.

The 2014 Classic was the last one held at LAS facilities. With 489 competing archers, the event had outgrown its home, and so tournament organizers went hunting for a larger, off-site venue for 2015.

That year, the Classic was held at Lancaster Host Resort, which was capable of accommodating 1,000 archers. In anticipation of increased attendance, the competition divisions went through an overhaul.

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The Unlimited divisions were renamed Open, and, for the first time, professional archers were separated from the amateurs. So there were Men’s, Women’s and Masters’ Open divisions for both pro and amateur archers. Also, the Recurve division was divided into Men’s and Women’s classes and a Barebow Recurve division was added. A total of 848 archers competed that year.

For 2016, the Classic moved again to an even larger venue at Lanco Fieldhouse, and the Youth Open division was divided into Male and Female classes. Despite an historic snowstorm that saw an all-time record 30 inches of snow fall right in the middle of the tournament, the event grew again to 933 competitors.

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The 2017 Classic is being planned for the massive Spooky Nook Sports complex at 75 Champ Blvd., Manheim, Pa. It’s capable of accommodating 1,356 archers. Added are the Youth Male and Female Recurve divisions.

What makes the Classic a unique and fun event is its Olympic-style bracket competition. Every archer shoots a qualification round, which results in rankings among the top qualifiers for head-to-head competition until a winner is declared. Under this format, you don’t have to be perfect in qualification. You just have to shoot well enough to qualify for the head-to-head bracket, and then hope to beat each of your opponents in 12-arrow matches.

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Linda Ochoa Anderson shoots during an elimination match.

Still, the Classic brings out the best shooting from the best archers in the world. There have been two perfect rounds shot during qualifications. Both were shot by archers in the Men’s Unlimited/Open Pro class.

Jesse “The Freakshow” Broadwater posted the first in 2005, with a 630. Back then, qualification consisted of shooting 30 arrows at a five-spot, NFAA target face, for a perfect score of 300. Archers then shot 30 arrows at a three-spot Vegas face, where the center X-ring is counted as an 11, for a perfect score of 330.

The second perfect round was shot by Reo Wilde in 2009. He shot a 660 under the current qualification format, which requires archers to shoot all 60 arrows at a 40-cm face, with the center X-ring scoring 11. That X-ring is about the size of a nickel, and all of Wilde’s arrows hit it.

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Reo Wilde shot a perfect qualification score in 2009.

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Current target faces used at the Classic.

There have been three rounds shot since 2004 in which an archer dropped just 1 point. All were shot in the Men’s Unlimited/Open Pro class under the current qualification format, so they scored 659. Those were shot by Scott Starnes in 2012, Jesse Broadwater in 2014 and Josh Schaff in 2015.

Reo Wilde has won the most Classic titles, capturing the Men’s Unlimited championships in 2008, 2010, 2011 and 2012. Jesse Broadwater is the only three-time winner, claiming titles in 2005, 2013 and 2014.

The Women’s Unlimited/Open Pro division boasts four, two-time champions – Christie Colin in 2005 and 2009, Jamie Van Natta in 2007 and 2008, Erika Anschutz in 2010 and 2012, and Sarah Lance in 2014 and 2016.

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Sarah Lance won her second LAS Classic title in the Women’s Open Pro division in 2016.

Surprisingly, Brady Ellison – one of the most decorated archers in U.S. history, with two team silver and one individual bronze Olympic medals and numerous World Archery indoor and outdoor titles under his belt – has never won the LAS Classic Men’s Recurve division. He has, however, finished in second place three times – 2013, 2014 and 2016. Ellison’s incredible 2016 qualifying score of 643 is the record for the division, and would have qualified him for the finals in the Men’s Open Pro division.

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Brady Ellison, right, congratulates 2016 LAS Classic Men’s Recurve Champion Sean McLaughlin.

Aside from the Men’s Open Pro and Men’s Recurve divisions, here are the record qualifying scores in each of the Classic divisions:

Women’s Open Pro – 652, shot by Sarah Lance in 2011 and Jamie Van Natta in 2013.

Masters Open Pro – 651, shot by Duane Price in 2014 and Doug Monteleone in 2015.

Men’s Open – 653, shot by Ryan Locke in 2015 and Travis Gesell in 2016.

Women’s Open – 652, shot by Madison Rutkowski in 2016.

Masters Open – 639, shot by Matt Setzer in 2015 and Daniel Deterline in 2016.

Senior Open – 640, shot by Carl Wenk in 2016.

Youth Open Male – 656, shot by Jacob Slusarz in 2016.

Youth Open Female – 632, shot by Gracie Detamore in 2016.

Bowhunter – 651, shot by Darrin Davis in 2011 and Jeff Human in 2012.

Womens’ Recurve – 603, shot by Mackenzie Brown in 2016.

Barebow Recurve – 582, shot by John Demmer in 2015.

Will any records fall at the 2017 Classic?

Time will tell.

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World-class archers talk about their game at the 2016 Lancaster Archery Classic

The 2016 Lancaster Archery Classic was attended by many of the best male and female, recurve and compound archers in the world. They came to compete for over $145,000 in cash and prizes, and their shooting was nothing short of spectacular.

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Toja Cerne of Slovenia

During qualification rounds, many of the archers took time to talk to LAS about their training, their equipment and other aspects of their archery game. For example, two-time U.S. Olympian Brady Ellison talked about his goal of winning the World Cup indoor championship this year, which he did a week after the Classic in Las Vegas.

Assembled here is a collection of videos featuring interviews with several of the top archers who competed in the 2016 Lancaster Archery Classic.

2016 Lancaster Archery Classic Finishes Strong after record Snow

 

Despite the largest one-day snowfall on record for southcentral Pennsylvania, the 2016 Lancaster Archery Classic plowed forward and ended on Sunday, Jan. 24, with some thrilling shoot-offs among the world’s best archers.

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Men’s Open Pro champion Alex Wifler stands between second-place finisher, Reo Wilde, left, and third-place finisher, Braden Gellenthien.

Nearly 1,000 archers shot qualifying rounds Thursday and Friday. As the last line of archers was finishing Friday night, the snow started falling. It didn’t stop for more than 24 hours.

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The weather forecast fluctuated all week, and Lancaster Archery Supply president Rob Kaufhold was determined to keep the competition going as long as possible. Qualifying rounds were held as scheduled.

On Friday night, blizzard conditions and 60 mph winds were forecast for Saturday, which put Lancaster right in the heart of the storm. Kaufhold and his management team decided to suspend the tournament for Saturday, and resume competition on Sunday.

That meant elimination rounds had to be called off, and archers were selected to compete in the final shoot-up matches based on their qualifying scores.

“No one wanted to see every arrow shot in this tournament more than I did,” Kaufhold told the crowd Sunday afternoon.

The decision upset some archers, but most stood behind the move. Especially after the storm hit.

Media outlets reported that 30.2 inches fell on nearby Harrisburg over a 24-hour period during the storm. That’s the largest snowfall ever, since records of such events first started being kept over a century ago.

Even after the snow stopped falling well after sunset Saturday, it took a monumental effort by the LAS crew to get the tournament venue – the Lanco Fieldhouse in East Petersburg, Pa. – ready for competition at 8:30 Sunday morning.

That effort included moving snowdrifts 5 feet deep from parking lots, so archers and spectators had places to park their vehicles Sunday.

Sixty archers in 13 divisions competed in final shoot-up matches Sunday. Several of those matches took place on the Classic’s brand new shoot-up stage.

That stage placed the archers on individual platforms, surrounded by spotlights and spectators. A giant video monitor placed directly over the competition target matts displayed all the action and drama.

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Matches shot on this stage were broadcast to the world via Lancaster Archery Supply’s website and World Archery’s online channel. More than 1,600 people watched the matches live at the peak of the broadcast.

It was a pressure-packed setting. As Kaufhold put it, “We wanted to make it entertaining to watch and terrifying to be part of.”

Men’s Open archer Adam Carlise, who finished fourth, gave some insight into the pressure he felt on the finals shoot-up stage when he told Kaufhold, “I need a nap now,” after he won four matches, before falling to the No. 3 seed, Jason Dickey, in that division.

The Bowhunter Division shoot-up demonstrated that all you need is a chance. No. 3 seed Caleb Kerstetter beat Jeff Human in the first shoot-up to advance to a semifinal match against Tim Ewers. Kerstetter won that one, and earned the right to take on top seed Mike Patterson. That match ended in a tie – 127-127 – before Kerstetter took the championship in sudden death.

The Barebow Division was only in its second year for the 2016 Classic, but the field grew this year to nearly 50 archers. Obviously, barebow shooting is still alive and well in the archery world.

John Demmer III emerged from qualifying as the top seed, with a strong score of 567. In the final shoot-up in that division, Demmer held off No. 2 seed Jared Neal by a narrow, one-point margin, taking the championship by a score of 108-107.

Texas native Mackenzie Brown easily took the top seed for the Women’s Recurve shoot-up by posting a qualifying score that was 53 points higher than anyone else in the division. The competition was a bit tighter when it came to the finals.

No. 3 seed Laura Bennett Shelton won the first and second matches to win the right to take on Brown for the title. Brown narrowly captured the championship with a 113-112 victory over Shelton.

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Mackenzie Brown stands atop the podium in the Women’s Recurve division, flanked by second-place finisher Laura Bennett Shelton, left, and Sydney Burke.

In the Masters Open Pro Division, No. 2 seed Duane Price defeated No. 3 seed Ray Tenbrook to qualify for the championship match against top-seeded Benton Christensen. In that match, Price and Christensen ended the 12-arrow match tied at 127, and it took sudden-death arrows for Price to emerge with the win.

The Women’s Open Pro bracket featured a championship match between top seed Toja Cerne of Slovenia and American Sarah Lance, who was seeded second.

Lance took first place through sudden-death arrows, after she and Cerne finished the regular match tied at 128.

The Men’s Open Pro shoot-up featured eight of the best compound archers in the world. Every match was tight, with four of the seven being decided by sudden death, and the three others by one or two points.

The semi-final match pitted No. 4 seed Braden Gellenthien, who took home the gold just a week earlier at the prestigious World Cup tournament in Nimes, France, against No. 2 seed Alex Wifler – winner of the 2015 Vegas Shoot.

Wifler advanced through sudden death to take on No. 1 seed Reo Wilde – the only four-time champion of the Lancaster Archery Classic and the current No. 4 ranked male compound archer in the world.

Wifler gained a two-point advantage early in the match and held on to win the championship by one point. He took home the tournament’s top prize of $15,000, in addition to thousands more in contingency checks.

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You can view the complete results of the finals matches in each division here.

You can also watch video of some of the final shoot-ups, including the three pro class finals, here.

Lancaster Archery Supply thanks all of its Classic sponsors, T.R.U. Ball/Axcel, Carbon Express, Gold Tip, Easton, Hoyt, AAE, Rinehart, CBE, SKB, Bohning, Black Eagle, Elite, Prime, Mathews, Bee Stinger, Scott, Samick, Shibuya, Feather Vision, Dead Center, BCY, Doinker, PSE, Leupold, Victory, Shrewd, Gateway Feathers, Win & Win, STAN, American Target Systems, Last Chance Archery, TopHat, Carter, Plano Synergy, Maple Leaf Press, Limbsaver, Specialty Archery, Cartel, QAD, Beiter, HHA, Sure-Loc and CAP.