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SBL archery coach hopes to compete by this time next year

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SERGEANT BLUFF, Iowa (KTIV) -

When you think of high school sports, what comes to mind? Basketball. Football. How about archery?

Well, students at Sergeant Bluff-Lutton High School picked up the sport as a class this semester.

They finished the semester with a tournament on Thursday night, but coaches hope their initiative to bring bows and bullseyes into schools will inspire other schools in the area to follow suit.

Archery involves more than just a bow and arrow, and just like any sport, it takes practice and technique.

But also involves a little bit more than agility.

"One thing that archery actually brings to the table that other sports don't, is it's complete mind focus concentration. It's no different than shooting a weapon," said Coach Scott Pack.

Breathing, aiming and the proper release are key to hitting the bullseye.

"It does install a lot of the same fundamentals you see in sports, but in a more concentration type form," said Pack.

And after a semester worth of practice, the 26 student archers say they understand it takes more than just physical activity to become successful.

You have to have a lot of attention, you have to have skill, you need to be concentrated," said SBL Sophomore Zaira Torres.

"It works with your concentration and slowing things down. It's not all about strength and speed," said SBL Sophomore Tanner Sanford.

Coach Scott Pack hopes to gain enough community and school support to start the middle school students on the program as well, and by the time they reach high school, they will have enough fundamentals that bring them to the competitive level.

My goal is to compete next year with other schools in the area. And, the ultimate goal would be to take a group of kids down to Des Moines and to compete in the Iowa championship," said Pack.

To get the archery program off the ground coaches received help from the Sergeant Bluff Booster's and more than $1,200 from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and a national organization called NASP, or National Archers in the Schools Program.

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