Archery dates back to the beginning of mankind. From the Stone Age to Ancient Egypt, the bow and arrow were critical for both hunting and warfare.
As a sporting event, archery was first introduced into the Olympic Games in 1900. It disappeared from the Olympics for a few decades, but since it was reinstated in 1972, men and women have competed for medals.
Some of the best competitors in the world will be on display this week in Foley, as the Archery Shooters Association (ASA) is sponsoring the fifth annual Hoyt Archery Alabama Pro/Am. The Foley Sports Tourism group will host the event Thursday through Sunday at the Graham Creek Nature Preserve (23460 Wolf Bay Drive).
“The Hoyt Archery Alabama Pro/Am is a highlight of the Foley Sports Tourism calendar,” David Thompson, Foley’s director of recreation and sports tourism, told Lagniappe. “We get to share our special brand of hospitality with more than 2,000 visitors from around the world, during a time that normally doesn’t see large tourism numbers. This event is truly the vision for our organization in action.”
The ASA Pro/Am tournament consists of two rounds of 20 individual, 3D targets. The pro finals are at the Foley Event Center (1001 Pride Drive) on Saturday. Thousands of dollars in prize money will be given away.
The full schedule for the event can be found on the ASA website at asaarchery.com/pro-am-tournaments/tournament-1-info.
Also, Competition Archery Media will provide extended coverage of the event, including international cable distribution of the Pro Pressure Point ShootDown, on the Eleven Sports Network. The group will also present the entire ASA Pro/Am story on Facebook and YouTube under their channel, Competition Archery Media.
This is just the latest event on a very busy schedule for the Foley Sports Tourism staff. Other events coming up include:
March 26-29 – Alabama Optional/Xcel State Championships. An estimated 700 to 800 gymnasts in a range of ages will be heading to Foley to compete and hopefully advance to regionals;
April 2-4 – Southern Coast Cup. This high school soccer tournament draws the best teams from across the country. Their finish will earn points toward the High School Cup competition;
May 8-10 – Xcel Regionals Meet. More than 1,800 gymnasts in a range of age divisions are expected to compete at the Foley Event Center;
Later in June – Foley Showdown 7v7 Football Tournament. This event draws high school football teams from across the Southeast in a preview of the 2020 season.
For a list of all Foley events, visit foleysportstourism.com.
Many More Miles campaign returns
For the 17th consecutive year, Baldwin Bone & Joint is hosting the “Many More Miles” campaign. Local runners and exercise enthusiasts can again donate old running shoes to individuals who really need them.
Also taking part in the project are the Port City Pacers, Dr. Glenn Glass and University of South Alabama’s Student Recreation Center, along with students in Mobile and Baldwin counties. They will work together to collect shoes for the homeless outreach programs of Wings of Life and Family Promise.
Many More Miles began in 2004 when 200 pairs were donated. Last year, a record-breaking 2,728 pairs were collected. Donations are being accepted now through the final shoe drop-off at the 2020 Azalea Trail Run on Saturday, March 28, in Mobile.
Students who collect the most shoes can earn money for their schools’ physical education programs. Baldwin Bone & Joint will award cash prizes of $500, $300 and $200 to the top three schools in Mobile and Baldwin counties. Organizers like to point out shoes donated by local schools provide the largest collective donation to this campaign.
Those interested in participating are encouraged to clean up their gently used athletic shoes and tie them together in pairs before dropping them off at any of the following locations:
Baldwin Bone and Joint (1505 Daphne Ave., Daphne)
Dr. Glenn Glass’ office (1303 Main St., Daphne)
University of South Alabama’s Student Recreation Center
Physical education coaches with participating schools
Azalea Trail Run Expo (March 27-28, Mobile Civic Center)
For more information, call 251-621-5387 or visit baldwinboneandjoint.com.
USA’s Minter honored
University of South Alabama (USA) running back Tra Minter has been named an honorable mention All-American by Phil Steele Publications. Previously, Sun Belt Conference coaches and media members recognized Minter as a first-team all-league selection as an all-purpose back.
As a senior, Minter set school season records with 1,057 rushing yards, which made him the first player in USA history to surpass the milestone. His 1,943 all-purpose yards ranked first in the league and second in the country with 161.92 all-purpose yards per contest.
With the All-American selection, Minter becomes just the second member of the program to receive the honor. He joins former Jag placekicker Jordan Means, who received honorable mention honors during the 2011 season from Beyond Sports College Network.
Soccer players recognized
Men’s soccer midfielder Alex Lipinski of Spring Hill College (SHC) has been named to the All-South Region second-team unit by United Soccer Coaches. The senior had already been named a member of the 2018 Google Cloud Academic All-America third-team and the 2018 United Soccer Coaches All-America first-team. With 42 starts in 46 games played over three seasons, Lipinski holds numerous SHC individual season and career records including total points (98) and goals scored (39). He also ranks second on the school’s all-time assists list (20).
University of South Alabama senior Briana Morris was voted first-team All-Southeast Region by United Soccer Coaches. She is the fourth Jaguar to earn first-team all-region distinction by that organization. Morris adds to her already lengthy resume this season, as she was previously tabbed Sun Belt Player and Offensive Player of the Year, first-team All-Sun Belt, Sun Belt Tournament’s Most Outstanding Performer and Sun Belt All-Tournament Team.
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