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Clear head, calm heart wins archery tourney

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. – Participants of the fourth annual archery competition prepare to take their shots at Schriever Air Force Base, Friday, Aug. 19, 2016. The three- round tournament began with instructions and a random drawing to split the archers into shooting groups. In the first round, each participant shot three arrows from 10, 20, 30 and 40 yard distances. The sizes of the targets ranged from the size of a quarter to a dinner plate, with each hit target counting as a point. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Matthew Coleman-Foster)

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. – Participants of the fourth annual archery competition prepare to take their shots at Schriever Air Force Base, Friday, Aug. 19, 2016. The three- round tournament began with instructions and a random drawing to split the archers into shooting groups. In the first round, each participant shot three arrows from 10, 20, 30 and 40 yard distances. The sizes of the targets ranged from the size of a quarter to a dinner plate, with each hit target counting as a point. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Matthew Coleman-Foster)

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. – Dwayne Harris, command and control system consolidated project leader, sights in a target at 20 yards, during the archery competition at Schriever Air Force Base, Friday, Aug. 19, 2016. The archery range here is one of the many amenities for the Schriever community, and the tournament has been an excellent way to promote the range. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Matthew Coleman-Foster)

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. – Dwayne Harris, command and control system consolidated project leader, sights in a target at 20 yards, during the archery competition at Schriever Air Force Base, Friday, Aug. 19, 2016. The archery range here is one of the many amenities for the Schriever community, and the tournament has been an excellent way to promote the range. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Matthew Coleman-Foster)

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. – Andy Roland, Aerospace Corporation contractor, Zachary Miller, 50th Security Forces Squadron and Peter Orsi, Space Warning and Surveillance Division, take their shots during the archery competition at Schriever Air Force Base, Friday, Aug. 19, 2016. Orsi took first place while Miller took second. Roland, a veteran in the tournament, placed in the top three last year. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Matthew Coleman-Foster)

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. – Andy Roland, Aerospace Corporation contractor, Zachary Miller, 50th Security Forces Squadron and Peter Orsi, Strategic Warning and Surveillance Systems Division, take their shots during the archery competition at Schriever Air Force Base, Friday, Aug. 19, 2016. Orsi took first place while Miller took second. Roland, a veteran in the tournament, placed in the top three last year. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Matthew Coleman-Foster)

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. --

Before the sun rose over the range here, 10 members of Schriever and Peterson Air Force Bases put their archery skills and mettle to the test during the fourth annual archery competition Aug. 19.

As the dust settled, Peter Orsi, Strategic Warning and Surveillance Systems Division at Peterson Air Force Base, earned the championship title.

"Going into that last shot, my heart was racing, so I really just focused on clearing my head and calming my heart rate. That worked and after the shot, I had won the tournament and at that point I could enjoy the rush," said Orsi.

Zach Miller, 50th Security Forces Squadron, earned second place while George Peterson, 21st Communications Squadron, took third place.

The three-round tournament began with instructions and a random drawing to split the archers into shooting groups of three. In the first round, each participant shot three arrows at 10, 20, 30 and 40 yards targets. The sizes of the targets ranged from the size of a quarter to a dinner plate, with each target hit counting as a point.

Peterson garnered the highest score after the first round.

During the second round, each participant shot one arrow at 3-D wildlife or block targets, with one to three points awarded based on the shot accuracy. Only the top six participants advanced to the third round, where they played in a knock-out format.

Participants were required to call the shot placement before shooting. Some of the shots during this round consisted of a 10 inch in diameter target, shooting from the knee and shots on the heart and lungs of 3-D wildlife targets from the various distances. The competitors had a 60-second time limit to make the shot after calling it.

This is where Orsi made his move to seal the deal and become the top archer.

“Sometimes it all comes down to one arrow, and today, I was fortunate that the arrow was mine," said Orsi.

Mark Schuette, 50th Force Support Squadron assistant fitness center director, said “We had a good turnout today for the archery tournament. The weather was favorable and the competition was fierce.”

According to Seth Cannello, 50th Force Support Squadron fitness center director, the archery range here is one of the many amenities for the Schriever community, and the tournament has been an excellent way to promote the range.

“It's always great to get likeminded individuals together to compete against one another in a fun and friendly environment, and that's exactly what happens during these tournaments,” said Cannello.

If someone on base wants to give archery a try, the fitness center has archery equipment for check out.  Individuals must take the orientation class before shooting at the range.  Archery range orientations are held every Tuesday at noon.

For further information concerning the archery range, the training class or next year’s tournament, contact the fitness center at 567-6628.

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