The team has been competing for only two years, but already the members of the Buckhorn Middle School Archery team can say they’re on one of the ten best teams in the country. The Bucks placed eighth in the middle division at the year’s national archery tournament in Louisville, Kentucky.
“I think we knew that we would be successful when we went,” said eighth grade archer Cole Coultas, “but I don’t think we knew that we would be at the caliber that we were doing that well, so we’ve come a long way from the beginning of the year.”
“I’ve been really bragging about it to my family, my friends, it’s a really cool experience to place eighth at nationals,” said eighth grade archer Hayley Hendrix.
“I was really proud of them,” said head coach Melanie Coultas. “I have nothing but great praises for them.”
Not only did the team take home an eighth place finish, but it shot its best score of the season with a team score of 3,310.
“That’s been our goal all season and when they went to nationals, they achieved that goal,” said Melanie.
During the season, the team practices two days a week, but most of the archers do extra work on their own time.
“We just put a lot of hard work into it and gave it a lot of effort and get results,” said Cole.
“I think they have a really good attitude and they get in here and practice hard and like I said,” said Melanie. “They support each other and we get a lot of support here at the school.”
The Bucks now have even higher expectations for next season.
“It’s basically on next year,” said Hendrix. “We’re going to do a lot better, but we did really good this year and I expect us to do so much better next year.”
Twenty-four of the 33 members of the Buckhorn Middle School team competed in Kentucky. The Bucks’ eighth-place finish was out of 130 middle school teams. Overall the national tournament set a new record with nearly 8,000 students competing.