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Archers hit target: Eagle team wins president’s trophy

By Richard Greene | Published Saturday, March 23, 2019
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Hitting Their Marks

HITTING THEIR MARKS – The Decatur Eagles archery team brought home several honors, including the president’s award, at last month’s Shoot Your Way Across Texas contest. Messenger photo by Richard Greene

Five months after picking up a bow, Jack McDonald has ascended to a medal-winning archer.

The 11-year-old took first place in the Cubs division at the Shoot Your Way Across Texas last month at Roanoke’s Cinnamon Creek Ranch.

“I practice a lot. I try to practice three times per week,” McDonald said. “It’s challenging, but fun. I meet a bunch of friends.”

McDonald was one of several members of the Decatur Eagles Archery team that trains at Nock It Archery Center to bring home plaques from the Shoot Your Way Across Texas Tournament. In its first year, the team captured the president’s trophy for most members.

“There were 400 people at the tournament, and we had most of that crew,” said Bryan Murphy, the team coach and owner of Nock It Archery.

“We were really excited. We never expected that,” he said. “Just so many kids want to do something. We’re getting kids from all over the county.”

Ryder Hanley, 11, placed in 11 tournaments since starting in September. He finished fifth overall and is heading to Ohio to compete.

“It’s a lot of fun,” Hanley said.

Andrew Lindt, 10, after just six months of training, picked up a third-place finish.

“My grandparents had bows, and my mom did it. I thought it would be fun to compete,” Lindt said.

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