Johnston County school fields archery team

By: Alex Belser Email
By: Alex Belser Email

COLEMAN, OK - A new spring sport is hitting the mark for some schools in Oklahoma that now have archery teams.

In Johnston County, Coleman schools started a team five years ago with the help of a grant progam, and a few of the students have been there since the start.

"My friends were doing it and they asked me to join and I had never picked up a bow and I tried it and I thought it was fun," high school freshman Chelsea Strickland said. "I started liking it so I never quit."

Senior Coltan Schultz said he believes anyone can do archery, as long as they are in control of their mind. "You've just got to stay calm, focused, pick your aiming spots every time," Schultz said.

Coleman was first in the county and one of several in the state to pick up archery in the past several years.

"This catches the kids that maybe didn't have anything to encourage them to do well," coach Machell Lawson said. "They want to be on that team. They want to compete."

Senior Shaye Riechel said she heard about the team and stopped by the gym to see for herself. "I hit the first target so I was kind of excited and I progressed from there," Riechel said. "Your fingers do get a little bit sore and your arm gets a little tired, but it's worth it."

"It's just fun to shoot, to grab a bow and shoot," freshman April Lenard said.

The team placed 14th at a regional competition in McAlester and now they will move on to the State Shoot on Mar. 28 at the Oklahoma City Fairgrounds.

"A lot of schools are competing, so it's going to be really interesting to see how they do overall," parent Steve Riechel said.

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