Archery ace nabs 2nd title

Published 9:51 am Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Hunter Tuveson, above, poses in the archery range built above a barn on his family’s property with his Hoyt compound bow and National Field Archery Association national championship trophy. -- Andrew Dyrdal/Albert Lea Tribune

Hunter Tuveson, a 15-year-old boy from rural Albert Lea, won the National Field Archery Association national championship Sunday in Louisville, Ken., over a field of 68 shooters.

A sophomore at Albert Lea High School, Tuveson had a perfect score on Saturday, hitting 60 of 60 golf ball-sized bullseyes from 20 yards away. He hit 58 of 60 bulleseyes on Sunday and was tied for first after 120 shots for the tournament. Tuveson won the shootout 5-3 over a competitor from Pennysvania to finish atop the Young Adult division (15- to-17-year-olds).

The win marked Tuveson’s second indoor archery national championship. He won the NFAA World Archery Festival in Las Vegas last year and was a outdoor archery national champion when he was 12 years old.

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The latest tournament in Louisville, though, is considered the granddaddy of them all.

“I wanted to win this one,” Tuveson said. “There was a lot more competition because you have to shoot a lot more arrows.”

It took Tuveson 2 1/2 hours to shoot 60 arrows each day. He said it took a lot more focus than in other tournaments like the World Archery Festival where 30 arrows are shot each day.

Tuveson said it also took focus to shoot five bullseyes in the shooutout round of the national championship match.

“You have to stay calm through the whole thing,” he said. “You have to focus on each arrow and can’t think about anything else — just shoot a perfect shot and do it again.”

Tuveson has now finished first or second in the the nation’s top two indoor archery tournaments. He placed second in the World Archery Festival, the largest indoor archery tournament in the world, held Feb. 11-13 at the Riviera Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

After such a successful season, Tuveson is considering trying out for Team USA in California, for an opportunity to compete in the World Indoor Archery Championships.

Tuveson is a staff shooter at John Carlson Archery in Lake Mills, Iowa. He shoots Hoyt compound bows and is the son of Steve and Ronda Tuveson.