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More kids interested in archerySubmitted: 04/05/2014

Karolina Buczek
Reporter/Anchor
kbuczek@wjfw.com


WAUSAU - Coaches teach their players teamwork can be an important part of playing sports.

But some kids want to challenge themselves in individual sports like archery.

Some kids don't want to rely on a team for success.

Some archery coaches in Wausau believe more kids are choosing archery because they're looking for an individual sport.

"Our growth every year just exceeds our imagination. It just keeps getting bigger and bigger," said Mike Hughes, an archery coach.

More than 1,200 students from across Wisconsin competed in the state archery competition at Wausau West High School on Saturday.

"A lot of them aren't into the tradition sports. So this is something for them to do and it builds self-esteem, it keeps them interested in school, they have success. They just really enjoy shooting," said Hughes.

Kids compete individually in the sport but they are a part of a bigger team.

"When you're shooting your individual, it just feels good to be by yourself. And when you're not, it feels good to cheer on your team," said Austyn Rauch, one of the competitors.

Some kids rely on their instincts when they compete.

"Once you let go of the arrow, I can feel if it's going to be a good arrow or not. It's just a natural feeling," said Jordan Wagner, one of the competitors.

But it takes a lot of practice to be able to hit the target.

"You're not shooting with a release. You're shooting with your fingers so it's kind of like old time archery. You have to really work on your form to be a good archer," said Hughes.

Some kids practice whenever they can throughout the week.

They enjoy watching themselves do well in a competition.

"To watch the arrow flying down and if it hits the target, it's a good feeling if it's a 10," said Wagner.

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