Eleven-year-old Jackson Rhodes admits he isn't a very good football player and just an average baseball player. But he smokes everyone on the archery range.
Last weekend, Rhodes won the Archery Shooters Association (ASA) Texas state championship for his age group.
Three weeks ago, Rhodes captured an ASA Pro-Am event in Metropolis, Ill., which featured serious shooters from across the country.
It's just two of 10 tournaments the sixth-grader-to-be at Jones Middle School has won since October, when he first started shooting a bow competitively.
“I get nervous but I love it,” Rhodes said of shooting in archery tournaments.
On Thursday, Rhodes was hitting bull's-eyes on the H&H Shooting Sports Complex's archery range while guests watched during the store's annual Summer Expo.
Rhodes, who is sponsored by Hoyt Archery and H&H on the tournament trail, won both the Oklahoma 4H outdoor and indoor state championships this year along with the Sooner State Games.
This weekend, Rhodes will be shooting in the Oklahoma ASA state championship in Bristow.
Jackson already has developed a rivalry with Kolby Crooks of Woodward, another top young archer who is his main competitor nationally.
They shoot against each other in a tournament somewhere almost every weekend.
“Since school let out, I think we have had one weekend off (from tournaments),” said Jackson's father, Jason Rhodes. “We bought a car (that gets 47 mpg) specifically to go to these tournaments.”
Archery is a growing sport in the state, especially with young people, including those whose parents don't shoot a bow, he said.
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