OTTUMWA — Local archers representing both Cardinal and Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont competed this past weekend at the World Archery Tournament in Nashville. EBF senior Alex Brittain posted just the third perfect score of 300 in the history of the championship, shooting in 3D competition, to rank first in both the boys high school and overall male divisions.
Brothers Montana and Paiden Rupe represented Cardinal at worlds. Montana Rupe shot a 273 in block competition to place 28th out of 177 middle school male archers and 70th out of the 405 overall total male archery competitors before posting a 278 in 3D archery to place 29th out of 291 middle school male archers.
Paiden Rupe shot a 285 in blocks to place ninth in the world out of 412 elementary boys. For 3D targets, the younger Rupe shot a 275, ranking 11th out of 223 elementary boys.
Along with Brittain, EBF was represented at Worlds by Kaylie Lyon, who took second place in 3D high school female archery and second overall among all female competitors. Shanna Fellows placed tied for seventh, helping the Rocket archery program finish in second place overall as a team.
EBF had only had nine members make the trip and compete, while other schools maxed out at 24 team members. The World competition was the latest stop for many area archery teams with Ottumwa, EBF and Cardinal among the schools that were represented earlier this year both at the Iowa State and National NASP archery tournaments. Qualifying for the World competition meant that EBF's nine archers and the Rupe brothers from Cardinal had to place at compete and place both at state and at nationals.