Grand Ledge Archery Team Hits Bullseye
There's a team at Grand Ledge High School that has 80 students involved, placed fourth in the state tournament, and is headed to nationals, and it's definitely not the football team.
"I went right to the superintendent and said "we need an archery team." And he said "great, let's do it," said Kelly Shaltry, head archery coach & social studies teacher.
And that was less than a year ago. The program is in its first season, but these kids have picked up the sport quickly.
"I didn't really know that many people would come out and try it. There are a lot of people who haven't had any experience at all with it. And they're just coming out for a first time thing," said senior Matt Beatty.
That's what Coach Kelly Shaltry hoped for...
"Archery is just such an all encompassing group of kids because anyone can do it," said Shaltry.
He wanted to bring a sport to Grand Ledge that was accessible to everyone, from the tallest member at six foot five, to the smallest at little over four feet.
And the kids haven't just had fun. They've been good at it and feel a sense of accomplishment.
"My brother isn't special needs like I am. I've always had to go to his sports games and stuff. And now it gives me a chance to be able to play a sport," said freshman Mackenzie Robins.
What sparked many of the students' interest?
"I read the hunger games, and all my friends are talking about it. So, I thought I might as well try it," said Robins.
Whatever brought them archery, most of these kids say they plan to stick with the sport throughout high school. And hope good scores at nationals will lead them to the world tournament in June.