The YMCA of the Northwoods had had a youth archery program for the past few years, but finally took part in their first competitive competition in Caddott held on Saturday February, 17th.
They were originally scheduled to have three compete at the tournament, but one did not compete due to illness. Ava Krouze and Kale Hartzke each competed. Krouze shot a 237 and Hartzke shot a 247.
The YMCA's competitive team practices twice a week, while they also have a progressive team that practices once a week. The team will be looking at participating in more upcoming tournaments this spring.
Krouze once again competed for the YMCA of the Northwoods youth archery program on Saturday March, 3rd in Medford.
Finishing seventh out of 20 competitors in her age bracket, Krause shot a 253 which was 16 points better then her previous tournament in Caddott. In the overall middle school girls' archers she finished 28th out 59.
The next YMCA of the Northwoods archery competition will take place on Saturday March, 17th in Rice Lake.
The YMCA of the Northwoods held their second annual Fit Kids Duathlon which consisted of 23 total competitors ages 2-12 for the event. There were three age brackets which included a 5 and under course which was designed to be a fun challenge. Kids age 6-9 consisted of another bracket and ages 10-12 were the final bracket. The two older groups ran 1/3 of a mile, bike one mile, and then ran another 1/3 of a mile. Each competitor received a Fit Kids Duathlon t-shirt, a goodie bag, and Y medal for completing the race.
"It was a wonderful, warm fall evening, for family, friends, and volunteers to gather for the second annual Fit Kids Duathlon," Matt Steingraber (Aquatics, Youth & Family Director) stated in a press release.
Awards were also given to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place finishes in the two older brackets. The top finishes were as followed:
6-9 Years Old 1st- Abe Gretzinger 2nd- Willa Bureta 3rd- Isaac Rossing (Thomas Eades, Garrett Mandli, June Chiamulera, Addie Currie, Mark Currie, Grace Mandli, and Alex Scholtesp)
10 to 12 Years Old 1st: Will Gretzinger 2nd: Emma
"Thanks to Kwik Trip and the US Air Force for supporting YMCA this event," addressed Steingraber. "Thank you to all who participated and volunteered for this fun fall event. Everyone worked hard and finished with a huge smile on their face. They also loved to finish the night with a nice bowl of ice cream to cool down after a great race. All should be proud of their performance. The Y looks forward to next year's event!"
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