3-10th Inf. Bn. wins archery shoot Print E-mail
Wednesday, 01 November 2017
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Michael Gossman draws his bow on a target as his 3-10th Inf. Bn. teammates, Nicholas Sweisberger, left, and Lyle Adkisson, look on Friday during the 2018 Commander’s Cup 3-D Archery Tournament at the Outdoor Adventure Center. The 3-10th Inf. Bn. took first place.
 
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The 3rd Battalion, 10th  Infantry Regiment claimed the Commander’s Cup 3-D Archery Tournament trophy Friday, leading seven teams in a daylong competition at the Outdoor Adventure Center.

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Tiffany York, representing the FMWR Sports Branch, presents the 2018 Commander’s Cup 3-D Archery Tournament trophy to 3-10th Inf. Bn. team members, from left, Nicholas Sweisberger, Lyle Adkisson and Michael Gossman.
The tournament was a chance for, “a bunch of bow hunters to come out and come together to have a little fun, build some camaraderie, esprit de corps and enjoy some friendly competition,” said 3-10th Inf. Bn. team member Michael Gossmann, shortly after he and teammates Lyle Adkisson and Nicholas Sweisberger were presented with the trophy by Tiffany York, representing the Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Sports Department.

New format

 
The event marked the return of 3-D archery to the Commander’s Cup series for the first time in three years. It also varied from past tournaments with competitors shooting from a single location at a field of targets adjacent to the OAC’s trap-and-skeet range rather than the traditional course of wooded trails near the permanent archery range.

“We think it will make the tournament go faster,” explained Rob Steinmacher, FMWR sports aide. “We have 10 targets. Each team shoots at one target — so they’ll have three arrows per target. After they all shoot, they go down (to the target) and record their scores, then go back up the hill and shoot at the next target.”

Participants could earn up to 10 points per target, based on the accuracy of their shot, according to Jeff Barrett, OAC manager.

“Anything on the target is five points,” Barrett said. “Anything in the outer ring is worth eight, and the bullseye is worth 10. Some of the (targets) have more than one ring; they can shoot at either ring. An arrow that hits the outer line still counts as an eight; If you hit the line (of the bullseye) it still counts as a 10.”

The targets were placed from as close as 15 yards to 40 yards away and included common Missouri sights, such as a deer, raccoon and turkey, as well as some more fanciful targets, including a dinosaur and giant mosquito. In the spirit of Halloween, competitors could also earn extra points by hitting a zombie named “Earl.”

“Earl is a headshot only,” Barrett said. “If you hit a head shot, you earn 12 points for your team.”

Sweisberger was the first competitor to earn the extra points, and one of only a handful of participants to make the shot on Friday.

“It was a little tough,” Sweisberger said. “Since the wind is blowing from left to right, I just put it on top of his head and aimed to the left. It was a surprise (when I hit it).”

Total scores

The 3-10th Inf. Bn. took first place with a combined score of 248. Sweisberger led the team with a 91, followed by Gossman with an 84 and Atkison with a 73.

Taking second place was the Medical Department Activity team, made up of Paul Newman, Kristina Newman and Chris Moe, who shot a combined 226.

The 1st Engineer Brigade Team of George Williams, Marvin Brown and Chris Hassell, took third place, shooting a 220. They were followed by 14th Military Police Brigade team in fourth place (201); the Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3rd Chemical Brigade in fifth place (142); a two-man 554th Engineer Battalion team in sixth (136) and the 1st Battalion, 48th Infantry Regiment team in seventh (132).

At the conclusion of the tournament, Coleman Swinton, FMWR chief of sports, thanked all participants.

“We had some good competition out there this year,” Swinton said.

The tournament was the second event of the Commander’s Cup series for the 2018 fiscal year. The next event will be the Commander’s Cup Flag Football Tournament, which will begin shortly after the conclusion of the intramural season later this month.