2018 Arizona State Indoor Championship, Jan 5-7

Registration for the 2018 Arizona State Indoor Championship has opened.  Desert Sky Archers is hosting this year’s tournament. The event is again being held at the Ben Avery Indoor Range, on January 5 – 7.  There are multiple shooting times starting on Friday night, January 5th.  For full details and Online registration please click on the link below.

Click Here – 2018 AZ State Indoor Registration.


Arizona JOAD Archers strike Gold on the World Stage.

Congratulations to Arizona JOAD archers, Alexis Ruiz and Andrew Park.  They both shot excellent this past week and are coming home with medals from the Youth World Championships.  Below are pictures taken by Coach Gary Yamaguchi, and a story from USA archery.

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Here is a USA archery article about the final day of the Youth World Championships.

“….. ROSARIO, Argentina – The World Archery Youth Championships came to a close today with the individual compound finals and all recurve finals. In addition to yesterday’s compound cadet men’s team gold, and the cadet women’s team and junior mixed team silvers, Team USA had four shots at three gold medals in the compound individual finals, and the recurve cadet men’s team was the sole recurve contingent to make the medal matches.

The recurve cadet men’s team, led by Jack Williams (Irvine, California) and teammates Andrew Park (Marana, Arizona) and Adam Heidt (Springfield, Georgia), overcame a 4th place seed to earn the U.S. a shot at a recurve world title. Going head to head with the 3rd ranked team from Chinese Taipei, a strong 54 gave the fist-bumping U.S. team a 2-0 advantage over Taipei’s opening 50. Holding steady, a perfect 30 in the front half and a 29 in the next three arrows gave the U.S. a decisive 4-0 lead as Taipei managed just 54 points in response. The Chinese Taipei team made a comeback, opening the third set with a perfect 30 and then put the set win out of U.S. reach with a 58 to USA’s 55 to bring the score to 4-2.

To open the fourth set, Taipei posted a 27, which USA countered with a 24. As Taipei finished the set with another 27 points, the pressure was on, and the U.S. team needed a perfect score to tie. Unable to keep all three in the 10 ring, the match went to a 4-4 tie for a shoot off. Both opened with 9s, then USA posted a 10 to Taipei’s 9. Another 10 clinched the USA win and the world title!

In an individual rematch of the women who shot for mixed team gold yesterday, USA’s Alexis Ruiz (Glendale, Arizona) faced Great Britain’s Sarah Moon for the compound junior women’s title. As wind continued to play a factor, both archers managed to find gold and scored 28s, and Ruiz held strong with a 29 to follow, while Moon scored a 27 to give Ruiz the advantage by 2. Smiling between ends, Ruiz remained calm and composed on the line, putting another 28 points down range to pick up another two points to her lead, 85-81.

A perfect 30 for Ruiz grew her lead again, and then after keeping all 15 arrows in the gold, Ruiz took a strong win 144-139 to take the World Champion title!

Then in an all USA final, Jesse Clayton (Powell Butte, Orgeon) and teammate Curtis Broadnax (Social Circle, Georgia) went head to head for the compound junior men’s world title. Keeping it exciting for the crowd, both opened with 29s. Broadnax then threw a perfect 30 to take the lead as the top seeded archer scored a 27. Still clean over the next three arrows, Broadnax increased his lead to 89-84 with six arrows to go. To close the match, Broadnax picked up another four points for a 146-137 total to take the gold and World Champion title while Clayton added a silver to his mixed team silver from yesterday and his and Broadnax’s team bronze earlier in the week.

Compound cadet Ethan Merrill (Manchester, New Hampshire), ranked 3rd in qualification, took strong wins throughout the individual competition and with a gold win on this stage in yesterday’s team rounds, he opened today’s final against Puerto Rico’s Alvarado Fernandez confident. The two split the first end with 26s, but in the second end, Alvarado Fernandez opened the door with a 7, and Merrill took the lead 54-52.

With a perfect 30 in the next three arrows, Merrill increased his lead another two points to 84-80. Then, a few arrows went high, but Merrill retained the advantage by a point and with three arrows to go, both shot 9s, followed by a 10 for Alvarado Fernandez and a 9 for Merrill. With the score now tied, both shot 9s again to force a shoot off at 137-all.

Both shot solid 10s down range and the judges had to pull out calipers to determine which was closest to the center. Alvarado Fernandez was declared the winner by millimeters and Merrill was awarded the silver to complete his full medal set – team gold, individual silver and mixed team bronze in his World Championship debut.

Results are available at www.worldarchery.org. For more, follow USA Archery onFacebookTwitter, and Instagram

Photo: Gary Yamaguchi…”

2017 USA-AZ Board Election results

Here is board election results story from USA-AZ Archery Board Secretary, Kristy W.

” Hello Arizona Archery Community,

We are pleased to announce the results of our 2017 Board of Directors election. We had 7 highly qualified candidates running for 3 open spots and we experienced another successful voting ‘turnout’ by the membership this year. Thank you to all of those that took the time to cast your ballots and a special thanks to those members that stepped up and were willing to serve. 

Congratulations to the winners – returning Board members, Charles Corridori and Diana LaBeau, and welcome to Krista Colonna, our newest member.

We’d like to thank Mike Speck for his many years of dedication, support, guidance and service to the Arizona archery community. He has served as our Treasurer, website design & support and contributed so much over the years that there will definitely be a void and shoes that will be hard to fill. We bid you farewell from your Board duties, Mike S, but look forward to seeing you at future archery events and at the shooting line…..”


2017 USA Archery AZ Coach Symposium, Oct 1

Arizona Coaches,

Hard to believe, but fall is just around the corner and it is time for our Second Annual Arizona Coaches‘ Symposium.

USA Archery Arizona and Arizona JOAD would like to extend an invitation to all USA Archery Coaches (Levels 1 – 5) to register for a day of networking and continuing education.

Date – October 1, 2017 – 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Location – SSC Boring , 1951 W North Ln, Phoenix, AZ 85021
Cost – $30 per Coach (to help cover costs for the facility, lunch, and speakers)

Registration Deadline is September 24, 2017.

We will be capping registration at 50 Participants.

Agenda Follows:
• 8:30 a.m. – Doors Open – Coffee/Donuts/Check-In 
• 9:00 a.m. – Intro/Start/Tournaments and Updates – Rick Bachman 
• 9:45 .a.m. – Break 
• 10:00 a.m. – Opti International – Judi Adams and Debbie Crews Presentation and Workshop 
• 12:00 p.m. – Lunch 
• 1:00 p.m. – NTS- Compound and Recurve presentation – Steve Yee 
• 1:45 p.m. – Break 
• 2:00 p.m. – NTS – Compound and Recurve workshop – Steve Yee 
• 3:00 p.m. – Fund Raising Presentation – Krista Colonna 
• 3:45 p.m. – Break 
• 4:00 p.m. – USA Judging Update – Bob Pian 
• 5:00 p.m. – Conclude

Click Here for Link to Online Registration

2017 Papago Halloween 900, Oct 28

Papago Archery has now opened registration for the Halloween 900 shoot.  Information from about the event is below.  More information, and Online Registration can be found on the Papago Archery website, or by clicking on the link below.

Click Here for Event Info & Registration link

“…….2017 Papago 900 HALLOWEEN SHOOT

October 28th, 2017

Papago Archery Range

Join us for the 2017 Papago 900 Halloween Shoot!

The 900 round tournaments hosted by Papago Archery Association (PAA) are the perfect “first time” tournament for archers of all ages, especially the youth, and fun shoots for any archer that enjoys a little friendly, outdoor target competition.

Archers & spectators are encouraged to participate in the holiday spirit by dressing up in appropriate & ‘safe to shoot in’ costumes or other Halloween themed attire. Voting & winners will be announced at the end of the tournament.

**Please do not wear anything that will interfere with shooting or hinder other archers at the line. Safety will still be the priority for the shoot.**

October 28th, 2017 (Saturday)

Check in & Equipment Inspection: 7:30 am 

Official Practice (minimum 2 ends): 8:00 am
First Round will begin after official practice.

$35 for Senior & Master Divisions
$30 for all Youth Divisions (Bowman through Junior)

$50 Late registration fee for all divisions (After October 20th, 2017)
Onsite registration will NOT be accepted. 
NO REFUNDS after October 24th, 2017.

    Papago Park Archery Range
    6201 E Oak Street, Phoenix, AZ 85008

    Tables & benches are available on site. Please bring additional chairs and canopies as needed. There will be water provided for archers and a concession stand will be available for drink & snack purchases.

    *Parking is provided in the paved parking area adjacent to the range and in the additional parking lot located to the NE. All vehicles must be parked in one of the designated parking areas. No parking is allowed on unpaved surfaces.     ……”

2017 USA Archery AZ Board Elections

  • 2017 USA Archery AZ Board Election

    There are 3 open board positions that you are able to vote for in 2017.  The term that they will serve is October 2017-October 2019. Please review the candidates below, and then make your voice heard by voting. 

    – You must be a resident of the state of Arizona.
    – You must have a current USA Archery membership. 
    – You must be 18 years or older.

    Click Here for a link to Voting

    Questions? Please contact Kristy Wapniarski, Secretary


    Roland K. Brown

    1975. 1983-1992 Began archery with my daughter as a Father/Daughter thing but she soon decided that ballet was far more interesting. I continued as i enjoyed the competitive aspect of the sport. During this time, I became a shooter at The Archers Den where I met Al Henderson. With his guidance I became State Indoor and Southwest Sectional Champion from 1986-1990 except 1989.

    Archery Experience:
    Present: Renewed my interest in Archery in 2007 and in 2009 qualified to compete in the Senior Olympics in Houston, Texas. As of January 2017, I now hold the Arizona State Indoor Championship for Seniors for the past four years. I am listed as member #1 at the Arizona Archery Club and am currently a Pro Staff Shooter for them. I currently hold a level III coaching certificate and help run the beginner’s class at the club every Tuesday evening for 6 weeks at a time. Have been asked to help with Outside companies that want to have a team building experience with their employees. I also help out on Saturdays mornings with the JOAD and any customer that comes in needing help.



    Krista Colonna

    As a family, we discovered archery six years ago at the AZ Game and Fish Expo at Ben Avery. Since then, the sport has dominated my weeks, weekends, and travel. What started as an interest for my daughter, quickly grew into her sport of choice and a passion for me. I learned how to shoot a bow and earned my Level 2 Instructor’s Certificate. Wanting to give back to the sport and the community, I started working with the JOAD at Arizona Archery Club. Since then, I have earned my Level 3 Coaching Certificate, USA Judging Credentials, volunteer as the co-coordinator for AZ State JOAD, and help with most tournaments in the state.

    I truly enjoy serving the archery community and helping to grow the sport in the state of Arizona. Between working full time as a Product Manager for American Express and volunteering with JOAD, my house is cluttered, but my heart is happy. It would be an honor to serve the sport and the community as a member of the board for USA Archery in Arizona.

    Archery Experience:
    • JOAD Coach, Arizona Archery Club, 2015 – Present
    • Level 3 Archery Coach, 2016
    • Certified Judge, 2016 – Present
    • Co-Coordinator AZ JOAD, 2016 – Present
    • Assistant DOS and Announcer, multiple state tournaments and Arizona Cup
    • IANSEO and Scoring Experience, multiple local and state tournaments


    Charles Corridori


    In 2010 I returned to the sport of archery after a 20 year hiatus. I introduced my lost love of archery to my family, and our lives have revolved around it ever since.

    Shortly after returning to competition a wise man made a statement that completely changed my outlook. He said that these JOAD kids only have a few years to truly enjoy this great sport before life takes over. I took that statement to heart and decided that I needed to fill a different role. In a sport that is built mainly on parents and volunteers, I needed to help wherever possible.

    Since that time I have taken Instructor courses, helped coach, provided equipment support and bow tuning to JOAD competitors, participated in planning and running Charity events, and acting as a Judge / Director of Shooting for local and National competitions. My goal is to insure that Arizona archers have quality training and competitive events to attend.

    As part of the board my main focus would be to find more ways to build participation in all of World Archery’s competitive forms, Target, Field, and 3D.

    Archery Experience:
    – Former JOAD and Collegiate Archer.
    – USA Archery Judge / DOS.
    – USAA Level 3 Coach.



    Diana LaBeau

    I’m a retired editor from The U.S. and International Archer magazine. My husband, Terry, and I have spent our lives shooting archery, judging tournaments, traveling and generally living a great life. I have spent many terms on both the Arizona State Archery Association and USA Archery Arizona Board of Directors serving as Member at Large and Treasurer. I am currently a National Judge. I have judged numerous National, State and Local events over the course of my 40 years in archery. Years ago, we put a bumper sticker on our truck that said “Archery is my Life” … at that time, I thought that was kind of pathetic. Now, about 25 years later, I know that it a wonderful statement! The archery family is very close and supportive.

    My desire to remain on the USA Archery Arizona Board of Directors is strong. I enjoy representing southern Arizona. My years of experience have provided me with a lot of insight into the sport from an athlete’s perspective, as a judge, as a small archery business owner and as a photographer/editor. I love our sport and stay in touch with updates and improvements.

    Archery Experience:
    After moving to Arizona back in 1978, I took up archery in order to bowhunt all year. When my son was graduating from High School, I decided to go back to college. The archery coach offered me a full ride scholarship if I would shoot on the archery team! That changed my entire life. While learning to shoot recurve and compete, I worked with the assistant coach who taught me a lot but was very strict. A year or so later, I started dating that coach (Terry LaBeau) and we are married and sharing our love of the sport to this day. I’ve competed in NFAA bowhunter classes and Olympic style tournaments including 4 Olympic Trials, Collegiate Nationals where I earned All American and Field archery tournaments. My experience includes compound/fingers, compound release and recurve (my passion).



    Ryan Nielson

    My name is Ryan Nielsen and I was born and raised in Arizona. My kids, Autumn and Patrick, are the reason I got involved in the sport of archery back in 2012. Both my kids, Autumn and Patrick have been shooting at a competitive level since 2012 and I decided to give it a shot (literally)! I have been shooting both competitive and non-competitive tournaments for years and enjoy working in and around archery. My wife, Heather, is also involved in archery as not only a shooter but also a coach. Archery has been great for our family over the years. Because of our family being involved in archery, we have made many friends and acquaintances over the years. Outside of archery our family enjoys camping, boating, going on vacations, and relaxing at home.

    My goal in being a part of the USA Archery Arizona board is to further help promote and grow the sport of archery locally. By using contacts within and outside of the archery community I believe that I can help promote and grow all aspects of sport.

    Archery Experience:
    I started shooting archery in 2012 when my kids got involved with JOAD. I have competed in numerous local tournaments to include target, 3D, and field. I have a good understanding of the rules and regulations associated with each type of event and how they run. I have traveled to tournaments outside of Arizona to include The Vegas Shoot, USAT events, and JOAD national events. I have worked with Rhonda at Corner Archery and understand the inner workings of both compound and recurve bows as well as how to setup and tune each one. Additionally, I have personally designed and setup a tournament for Arizona’s very own Eric Bennett in which money was raised to help support his Olympic endeavors.



    Bob Pian

    Grew up and attended grade school, high school and ASU all in Tempe. Partner at SPS+ Architects. Married with a former JOAD daughter. I would like the three current board members and new board member as needed to have board representation from each of the USA Archery Arizona Clubs. However, if there are not enough candidates or if the board would like me to seek election, I would like to serve as needed.

    Archery Experience:
    Have served the local target archery community since 2001 in various capacities including;
    · Club leader
    · Instructor/Coach
    · Arizona State Archery Association Board Member serving as treasurer, secretary, vice president and president.
    · State JOAD Coordinator
    · Tournament organizer
    · JOAD parent

    I serve nationally as follows;
    · USA Archery Rules and Officials Committee
    · National Archery Association Foundation Board Member
    · USA Archery Judge, Director of Shooting and Chair of Judges
    · Easton Foundation and Archery Trade Association consultant.

    I participate internationally as follows;
    · International Judge, Chair of Judges, Chair of the Jury of Appeals.
    · Technical Delegate

    Arizona club affiliations:
    · Founding leadership of Papago Archery, Desert Sky Archers and Paseo Vista Archery Club.
    · Current Arizona JOAD Club leader.

    It has been a pleasure to actively serve USA Archery Arizona since 2001 and be a part of the quality growth of our sport. Our quality events and programs including the Arizona Cup, state championships, judge seminars, JOAD club symposiums, club workshops, club and world team member grants, provide our states archers with the opportunity reach their highest potential. I strongly support the states continued leadership in the national target archery community on behalf of the Arizona target archery community.


    Sandra Reynolds

    My life experiences make me a good candidate for serving on this board. Besides my varied experience with archery, I have a master’s degree in coaching and educational administration. These have given me experience in marketing, administration, and financial management of organizations, all of which are needed to effectively run an organization like USA Archery Arizona. I would like to be a member of the board to help grow the sport of archery and enhance programs and opportunities available to archers.

    Archery Experience:
    I have a wide variety of experience in archery: Level 4 NTS Coach, Level 3 Coach Trainer, Archery club leader, National Archery Judge, Parent of an archer, Recreational archer, and Archery hunter. These varied roles allow me to represent different perspectives in board discussions.


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