Our area is home to great schools and hardworking, talented student-athletes. The Castle High School archery team recently wrapped up a historic season, keeping the winning tradition alive and once again making their school, our community and the state of Indiana proud of their accomplishments.
The Knights topped off an undefeated regular season by winning the state, national and world titles, and being the highest scoring team in the bulls-eye division in all three championship tournaments. Their incredible success and undeniable talent make Castle’s team one of the best in the world.
This year’s history-making team consisted of 60 co-ed archers who started practicing for their season in mid-November, working toward another successful year. The regular season started in January, and the team competed, on average, in three tournaments each month. In their 12 regular season competitions, the Knights went undefeated.
Following the regular season, the team competed in the National Archery in the Schools Program state tournament. Castle came out on top and won first place for the 11th time in the team’s short, 12-year history.
The win at the state level qualified the Knights for NASP’s 16th Eastern National Tournament, where more than 14,000 students from over 200 schools across the country competed in the three-day event in Louisville, Kentucky. Castle scored 3,428 points and earned the top achievement at the national level for the first time ever. All 24 members of the team who competed in the event won a $1,000 scholarship from Academy Sports and Outdoors, American Whitetail Targets and Eastern Archery.
With their outstanding performance at nationals, the team extended their season to the 2018 NASP World Tournament. Rounding out their perfect season, Castle once again proved their talent and won the championship with a score of 3,454 points.
At the high school level, archery is still a growing sport here in Indiana and throughout the country, but Castle is already making a name for themselves as one of the best in the world. I know our community will continue supporting these student-athletes, and I congratulate the entire team on their incredible season.