Archery is the only sport offered at West Tech. It is overseen by both Coach Ginger Rossiter and Coach Eric Swenson. Tryouts for the archery team have recently concluded and teams were announced Oct. 17.
This year around 70 kids have tried out, which may be due to the archery unit students do in P.E at the beginning of the year. “There are two teams of 24; an A team and a B team,” said Rossiter, “they are based on how well students shoot and their attitude.”
Practices for the archery team will be held Wednesdays, 1:30-3 p.m. in the gym. During practice, the teams will be preparing for the state competition, which will be held Feb. 5, at Southpoint. The tournament is open to elementary, middle, and high school teams.
The tournament is run by the National Archery for School Programs (NASP). The competition is made up four flights.“Our school typically shoots in one flight, then we go out for lunch, and then go to awards,” said Rossiter. Awards for NASP contest include both team and individual. West Tech has won third place twice, second place twice, and first place five times.
“I was very shocked,” freshman Joliane Apostol said when she learned she made a team. “I was nervous during tryouts and believed I would not make a team since I lacked experience,” said Apostol, “I am pretty excited for this season; I’m ready to grow and learn a new skill!”
Photo Credit: Araz Asherian
Photo Caption: Practices are set up in a way that mimics the competition. Students shoot from both 10 and 15 meters.