Archers nab 3rd state title in 4 years

The Greenwave archery club won their third state title in four years last week in Las Vegas. The team from bottom row left to right are Sterling Lee, Brandon Burgess, Emily Mulac, Faith Cornmesser, Lana Quint and coach Dean Schultz. Top row from left are Broder Thurston, Nichole Mariezcurrena, Kayla Biggs and Emily Dixon.

The Greenwave archery club won their third state title in four years last week in Las Vegas. The team from bottom row left to right are Sterling Lee, Brandon Burgess, Emily Mulac, Faith Cornmesser, Lana Quint and coach Dean Schultz. Top row from left are Broder Thurston, Nichole Mariezcurrena, Kayla Biggs and Emily Dixon.

There is another dynasty taking aim at Churchill County High School.

Spearheaded by coach Dean Schultz, the Greenwave archery club hauled in its third state title in four years last week at the state meet in Las Vegas at South Point Hotel Casino.

The tournament is part of the National Archery in Schools Program, which also partners with the World Archery Trade Show.

The Wave team consists of 25 shooters, although only the top 12 record an official score. But Fallon had an ace up its sleeve in the form of Jordan Schultz, who won the individual title with a score of 291 out of 300 at 10 and 15 meters.

In addition to Schultz, Fallon also had three other shooters finish in the top five. Hannah Isbister (274) took second in the girls division, while Ryan Blias (273) took third and Emily Mulac (271) was fifth out of 109 girls archers.

“She has proven that she is a freaking natural,” Schultz said of Isbister. “She came to three practices. Ryan Blias is another one. She has no athletic background, but she has ability. She listened and shot great.”

For the boys, Jason Brown (273) placed fifth out of 105 shooters.

Many of the shooters, though, took part in a “virtual” shoot, which allows those who cannot travel to Las Vegas to compete at their home school.

The team, however, struggled in the virtual shoot, Schultz said, as the archers transitioned from the small gym at the high school to the main gym.

“The kids on the team who shot here didn’t do real well,” he added. “You go out to an open area and the targets look further down and smaller.”

Driving to Las Vegas, Schultz wasn’t sure if the club scored enough in the virtual shoot to pull out another title. However, those shooters in Las Vegas stepped up and took command of the meet.

“Some of the kids shot better than I thought they would,” Schultz said.

Dean Schultz, though, did take 12 shooters including middle school archers to Las Vegas.

In total, the archery club had 44 competitors from fifth through 12th grade.

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