Barking Sands Archery Club takes top honors at Aloha State Games

BARKING SANDS -“Back to Back” archery events kept Kaua’i archers busy during the last days of June. Three Kaua’i archers brought home the gold from this year’s Aloha State Games.

For the fifth consecutive year, ITT employee Chris Olores nabbed the gold in the Bow Hunter Free Style Limited (BHFSL) Adult division.

Unopposed in the Bare Bow Youth Division – one of the more difficult styles of shooting without the use of sight pins – TJ Batis walked away with the gold, while his dad, Thomas Batis of HTS, grappled for second in a three way tie for last place in the Bow Hunter Free Style (BHFS) division.

Another unopposed gold winner was Hanalei archer Whitney Haraguchi, who took top honors in his division of the Youth Bow Hunter Free Style. After the tournament, Haraguchi discovered that he had a defective limb and his score could have possibly been higher.

Over the Independence Day weekend the Barking Sands Archery Club held their competitive shoot at Kekaha Park.

Seven McKenzie 3D-animal targets, and seven target butts ranging from 17 to 50 yards provided a target-rich environment for Traditional and Compound Bow Hunters.

The North shore was well represented in the Traditional category of 14 targets (3 arrows per target), with Dennis Hall in first place with a score of 272, followed by Dennis Liphart in second with 220 points.

Newcomer Rodney Haraguchi, and seasoned archer Stu Burly followed closely on their heels.

In the Bow Hunter Free Style category at the end of 28 targets (3 arrows per target), first place winner Thomas Batis led the pack with a total score of 725.

Second place went to Gilmore Claonan of Kalaheo with a 698. Third place went to Whitney Haraguchi with a score of 659, and Hanapepe’s Susan Cox-Abuan took fourth with 649 points.

In the youth (12 and under) category Bree Ann Cox-Abuan nudged out Ryan Parongao to capture first place.


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