MAA Stars

The MAA has many talented archers. The MAA Stars section is our way of recognizing  their accomplishments. If you have someone you would like to nominate, please send all the pertinent information to maa@themnaa.org.

The MAA is proud to recognize the following archers:

Grace Sveum shot a Robin Hood at Rapids Archery Club’s JOAD practice on 4/23/2011.

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Julene Hakl and Hunter Tuveson

Julene Hakl and Hunter Tuveson from Albert Lea.
They both took first at the 2007 NFAA Outdoor nationals in Darrington Washington
July 23-27.  Julene is the 2007 Adult Female Bowhunter Freestyle Champion , and
Hunter is the 2007 Cub Male Freestyle ChampionJeff Stevens from Pine City
placed 5th in the Pro Male Freestyle Limited Class and Bill Hakl Placed 3rd in the Adult Male
Bowhunter Freestyle division.

Chantelle Skarda, 9th grade White Bear Lake High School, took 5th place at the 5th Annual 2007 National Indoor Archery in the School Tournament in Louisville, Kentucky this past weekend, June 9th.

Chantelle shot a phenomenal 285 out of 300 possible points. Competition was so intense that only 3 points separated first and fifth place shooters with tie scores having to be determined by the number of bulls-eyes scored and shoot outs. Chantelle actually tied for 4th but the other student had shot one more bulls-eye than she had. Her score sets a new individual state record in Minnesota for both males and females.

Being unconventional, instead of donning the standard team t-shirt garb worn by most other participants, she showed up at the shooting line wearing a summer dress and flip flops.

Chantelle improved over her state tournament score of 269 (the state female record which she set this year) while nursing an abscessed tooth/root canal and having been in all advanced placement classes this last semester. White Bear Lake High School couldn’t send a team, so she hitched a ride on a packed bus with two other Minnesota schools going to the National Tournament, Osakis High School and Hilltop Elementary. Her parents drove out with their other two children in a midsize truck! They blew a tire on the way.

This years tournament was the largest archery tournament in North America with an estimated 2,000 participants, was the 2nd largest youth gathering and awarded over $14,000 in scholarship money to students. Nationally, an estimated 1.4 million students have participated in the National Archery in the Schools program, 50 states, Canada, and Australia.

Ranked 2nd in the Nation, Again!

The National Archery Association (NAA) held their annual National Indoor Archery Championships at 12 locations around the country during the first two weekends in March. 16 year old Corey Muellenbach from Sartell, MN started off 2007 right where he left off in 2006, ranked 2nd in the Nation!  The difference this year is that he has moved up to the “Junior” division competing alongside boys ages 17 and 18.

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Scoring a personal best 1,156 points out of a possible 1,200, Muellenbach topped all but one archer in a large field of archers throughout the United States. Muellenbach needed to finish strong in order too move up in the rankings. From 18 meters, with the “x” spot approximately the size of a dime, he drilled the “x” 17 out of 18 times to secure sole possession of 2nd place!

Levi Cyr, Falmouth, Maine, won the National Title with a personal best of 1,167. The 3rd place finisher was Josh Miller from California with an 1,153.  Jay Kloos from Chaska, MN, was the only other Minnesota Junior archer to place in the top 50.

Muellenbach’s ultimate goal for 2007 is to be the ranked among the Top Five Junior Archers in the Country which would earn him a special spot on the exclusive Junior United States Archery Team (Jr USAT).  Selection on this honorary team is based on an archer’s rankings after four select National Tournaments.  This Indoor was the first of the four.  The remaining three qualifying events are all shot outdoors with distances out to 90 meters, a venue that Muellenbach considers one of his strengths.

In an effort to better prepare for the Indoor Nationals, Muellenbach chose not to compete for a spot on the USA World Indoor Team, an international competition held in Turkey.

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This was the first NAA National Event in which Muellenbach has participated since last October, where he represented the USA at the Junior World Archery Outdoor Championships in Merida, Mexico, finishing his Cadet career (ages 15-16) by winning an Individual Bronze Medal in addition to a Team Gold

(Photos taken at Mike’s Archery Center, St. Cloud)

Sartell Boys have Success on the World Stage!

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The USA Male Cadet Compound Archery Team comprised of Corey Muellenbach (Sartell), Adam Wruck (Rice) and Cory Manahan (New York) are ranked #1 in the world after they defeated the team from Switzerland for the Gold Medal at the Junior World Archery Tournament in Merida, Mexico last week.  Muellenbach also won the individual bronze in a head to head shootoff against Wruck.

412 young men and women from 52 countries spent the last week in Mexico competing to be the best in the world!   To qualify for the USA World Team, Muellenbach and Wruck placed 2nd and 3rd respectively in the National Outdoor Archery Championships in Colorado Springs, CO in early August.

After the first two days of team qualifying, the USA team was ranked 2nd behind Australia. They then proceeded in the elimination round to defeat Puerto Rico, Denmark and Switzerland for the GOLD!

After the individual qualifying, Wruck was in 14th place, Muellenbach 17th.  Wruck defeated 19th place Thor Sorenson from Denmark 113-107, 3rd place Brendan Wallace from Australia 112-110, 11th place Jesus Alvarez from Mexico 114-113 before losing in the semi-final round to the archer Kevin Brunni from Switzerland 108-111.  Muellenbach followed a similar path defeating 16th place Alexi Kauppila from Finland 114-105, 1st place Guy Phillips of Australia 113-111, 8th place Simon Rousseau from Canada 114-112 before loosing to Goica De Larra from the Dominican Republic 112-114.

This set up a bronze medal match between two classmates at Sartell High School.  With only one arrow left to go, Muellenbach and Wruck were tied!  Muellenbach shot first and scored a perfect 10! Wruck came close to extending the match, but fell one short with a 9 and finished in 4th place.

This is an amazing conclusion of the 2006 Archery Schedule for Wruck and Muellenbach and shows just how close these two young archers are.  Sharing the same coach, Linda Beck from Maple Lake, Wruck took 4th and Muellenbach 5th at the National Indoor Championships in Wisconsin Rapids, WI in March.  In Colorado in August, Muellenbach place 2nd and Wruck 3rd at the National Outdoor Championships. They also placed 2nd and 3rd respectively in the Junior World Trials.  Now, 3rd and 4th respectfully in the WORLD!

Holly Pagel sets a New World Record!

At the 2006 MAA-NAA 25 Meter State Championships, Holly Pagel set a new Women’s Compound 2 x 25m Indoor World Record with a score of 578. Congratulations Holly

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