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Archery in the Schools program a hit with students, faculty

Students flock to state shoot after being exposed to archery through their physical education programs.
by Ed Godfrey Modified: March 27, 2013 at 8:37 pm •  Published: March 27, 2013

“There were a little bit of concerns, but the way the Wildlife Department sets it up and with the safety precautions, the whistle commands, it's really a safe program,” he said.

Centennial Elementary in Mustang also brought its first team to the state shoot.

“We absolutely love it. The students love it,” said Carla Buck, physical education instructor at Centennial about the archery program.

Centennial was the first Mustang school to allow archery, and now three other elementary schools in the district have added it, she said.

Buck said students who don't excel in other sports can find their niche in archery. Some students with disabilities who can't play other sports “can do this.” she said.

“But we also have some really good athletes that do it (archery) too,” Buck said.

Daggs calls archery “a different kind of sport. It's still an athletic thing. It (requires) a lot of hand-eye coordination.

“But you do not have to run the fastest, be the quickest or jump the highest to be the best at archery. I have girls that come out and beat the boys.”

Like Evans, who also plays basketball but prefers shooting at targets than at a basketball goal.

“I am not as good at basketball and shooting a bow is a lot more fun,” she said. “I think it might come in more handy one day than playing basketball.”


by Ed Godfrey
Copy Editor, Outdoors Editor, Rodeo, River Sports Reporter
Ed Godfrey was born in Muskogee and raised in Stigler. He has worked at The Oklahoman for 25 years. During that time, he has worked a myriad of beats for The Oklahoman including both the federal and county courthouse in Oklahoma City for more...
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Oklahoma Archery in the Schools State Shoot results


1. Kilah Sickler, Waylond Bonds, 425

2. Riane Tuthill, Chickasha, 418

3. Sally Kim, Houchin Elementary, 411

4. Cyndyl Mondragon, Houchin Elementary, 405

5. Rose Templeton, Shawnee, 398



1. Mitchell Ritter, Ringling Elementary, 435

2. Blake Crawford, Moss Elementary, 420

3. James Cagle, Will Rogers Junior High, 419

4. Joseph Black, Ringling Elementary, 413

5. Hal Thompson, Blue Bullseye, 408



1. Faith Terrell, Chandler Jr. High, 425

2. Bailey Williams, Chickasha Middle School, 422

3. Ambria Noman, Chickasha Middle School, 415

4. Codi Tolliver, Zaneis Middle School, 409

5. Maggi Smith, Maryetta Middle School, 408



1. Jimmy Parham, Chickasha Middle School, 425

2. Case Tolliver, Healdton Middle School, 424

3. Tanner Dunlap, Morris Middle School, 423

4. Justin Veach, Chickasha Middle School, 422

5. Kegan Warrington, Zaneis Middle School, 418

6. Tye Eagleton, Maryetta Middle School, 406



1. Hunter Tolliver, Healdton High School, 431

2. Sydney McCarthy, Okarche Warriors, 419

3. Mikayla Phillips, Ringling High School, 417

4. Amanda Savig, Chandler High School, 416

5. Ashley Hannah, Chickasha High School, 415

6. Shelby Douglas, Chickasha High School, 409



1. Tyler Fletcher, Stillwell High School, 430

2. Braden Sedgwick, Beggs High School, 429

3. Wyatt Morgan, Sequoyah High School, 427

4. Adam Littlefield, Locust Grove High School, 423

5. Toby Roath, Wister High School, 419


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