The Mont Harmon archery team set a record by earning the highest score out of all secondary schools in Utah’s history at the state tournament.
Left to right, back row: Division of Wildlife Resources Representative, Theron Dye, Kaden Donathan, Jacob Noyes, Trayven Gray, Gabe Ibanez, Dylan Curtis, Mckayla Scovill, Kacie Brady, Mckinley Anderson, Landon Powell, Wyatt Falk, Lindsey Snow, Jezmin Pressett, Kennedy Williams, Kenidee Gunter, Raylinn Takita (DWR representative), Coach Tom Lasslo Front row: Connor Gleave, Nathan Noyes, Eric Holt, Arlo Rich, Cheyanne Slaughter, Nathan Engar, Trever Worley, Parker Morgan and Zac Gregersen.
Mont Harmon Middle School’s archery team placed first at the Utah State Tournament on Feb. 16. The Pirates triumphed with a score of 3,195, besting even the high school teams competing in the shootout. The team’s total points set a record for the state contest.
The tournament brought together 475 of the best middle school shooters in Utah. Mont Harmon boys won the top four honors. Arlo Rich took first, Nathan Engar took second, Trever Worley earned third and Parker Morgan shot fourth out of 276 shooters. Wyatt Falk and Kaden Donathan placed in the top 17.
In the girls’ category, Cheyenne Slaughter earned second place and Kacie Brady took fourth out of 199 shooters. Kenidee Gunter, Kali Ori, Lindsey Snow and Makayla Scovill finished in the top 15.
“The lineup of students on this year’s team is remarkable. They’re smart, focused and can make quick adjustments,” explained coach Tom Lasslo.
Mont Harmon archers dominated the event, bringing home eight of the top 20 awards in the middle school division against 22 teams.
Just five years ago, principal Seth Allred approached Lasslo with an idea. He wanted to create new class called PE Explorations. “I know that kids love archery and hunting. This class gives them opportunities to do so many activities that they might not try.” Students learn archery, fishing, fly tying, golf, taxidermy, hunter’s education and more. The curriculum naturally feeds into building an archery team.
Slaughter, now in eighth grade, hadn’t tried shooting a bow before taking PE explorations, “When I tried it in Lasslo’s class, I fell in love with archery. It is fun and has taught me confidence and how to control my nerves.”
Students will use their new found hobbies for the rest of their lives. “I like archery because it helps me tighten my hunting skills,” Rich added.
The team has their sights squarely set on nationals this April in Salt Lake City.