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More than 100 Kids Take Part in Weekend One of Illinois S3DA Regionals at White County Archery Range

That’s the sound that filled the White County Archery range Saturday morning through the early afternoon.  It was the first weekend of regionals at the range and more than 100 youngsters from age 7 thru high school descended on the range at 1704 West Main in Carmi aiming for a spot at State competition.  Mike Westfall, a coach for both NCOE and White County Archery which launched sometime in 2017 or 2018, says there are about 20 clubs throughout the state, many of them in the region.  He says he attributes part of the growth to new opportunities and parents being able to use it as a bonding occasion with their children.

There are both indoor and outdoor seasons for Scholastic 3D Archery or S3DA.  While indoor focuses on traditional round targets, outdoor gets kids out in nature with 3D animal targets.  Many of the nation’s best shooters come from this area.

A total of 9 teams took part in Saturday’s regional coming from as far south as Hardin County and as far north as the Effingham area.  Westfall estimates between 200 and 300 spectators.  A second regional will be held next Saturday at 9am and noon.  State qualifiers will compete in Springfield Saturday, February 18th.

Coaches in the area include:

Mike Westfall – NCOE and White County Archery

Scott Fiala – NCOE and White County Archery

Eric Gholson – Carmi and White County Archery

Jeremy Smitty – Carmi Archery

Adam Winkleman – White County Archery

Dave Marshall – White County Archery

Mike Settles – White County Archery

Donnie Millenbine – Rend Lake College Archery Coach

Ricky Sauls – Southeastern Illinois College Coach

Earl Lawrence – Wabash Valley College Coach

Sidney Jones – Wabash Valley College Assistant Coach

Darren Williams – Olney White Squirrels Coach

Jason Ginder – Olney White Squirrels Coach

Josh White – Hamilton County Archery Coach

Westfall says if parents or kids are interested in learning more they can reach out to him directly at 618-384-1095.  Tuesday nights are reserved for closed practices at the White County Archery Range.  Thursdays are open for the public to shoot and/or learn more from 5:30pm – 8pm.  Sundays are also open for the public to shoot and/or learn more from 3pm – 6pm.

1 comment
  1. OO Buckshot
    OO Buckshot
    February 6, 2023 at 6:05 pm

    What a great opportunity for local youth and parents. Carmi needs to support this 100%.
    Don’t let this slip between the cracks, help keep it alive.


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