Tri-Village’s Derksen signs with Rio Grande archery program

Tri-Village senior Stephen Derksen signs to continue his archery career at the University of Rio Grande. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

NEW MADISON – Tri-Village senior Stephen Derksen signed with the University of Rio Grande archery program becoming the first Tri-Village athlete to sign with a college archery program.

“I never planned on going to college until I was given an opportunity,” said Derksen. “I’ll be going to Rio Grande in the fall.”

“When I was researching scores on the NASP (National Archery in Schools Program) website I came across Stephen’s score and I noticed he was shooting extremely high scores and was extremely competitive so I reached out to the athletic director and spoke with him first and then I talked with Stephen and his family,” said Jonathan Clemins, Rio Grande head Archer coach. “Ultimately he decided to come shoot collegiate archery for the University of Rio Grande”

“We’ve had our archery program now for a little while and this is the first kid that we’ve had sign to go on to extend their career beyond the high school level,” said Tri-Village athletic director Brad Gray. “Exciting for Coach Siegrist and his program. We’re proud of the success they have had as a team but also as proud of Stephen to accomplish a goal.”

“It’s the first signing we’ve had and hopefully we have more to come,” said Tri-Village archery coach John Siegrist. “Stephan’s been doing very well this year. He’s been shooting with us since he’s been in the fifth grade, so his career here at Tri-Village has been good.”

Derksen placed seventh in the state this year and had no intentions of pursuing a college education until he got an invitation from the University of Rio Grande.

“I told my parents if I was ever going to go to college, I would shoot collegiate archery, and lucky enough, two days later, after our state tournament was up, I got an email offering me a scholarship, and the rest is history.”

Derksen plans to study Business Management with a minor in Marketing at the four-year university.

“Stephen has a good personality, he’s a strong shooter, he likes to keep morale up,” Coach Siegrist stated. “He’ll contribute to any team he competes with.”