Petal archery aims for success

It's one of the fastest growing sports in the Pine Belt and in the program's first year at Petal, students say they're aiming for success.

"I first got involved because they announced it over our school, but in sixth grade we did archery in P.E. and I just loved it," Cambri Brewer said.

Fellow archer, David Scott, encouraged that other students should get involved.

"It's really fun and it doesn't matter if you're short tall, big or small, you can just really do it if you want to."

Head coach Scott Conway said the team is a mix of several types.

"I mean I got everything from hardcore athletes to kids who have never been involved on any athletic team at all. We pull a wide range of kids."

Besides functionality a popular book and movie series played a role in some of the competitors style.

"I have always enjoyed the 'Hunger Games'," said Brewer.

"That's why I'm doing the Katniss [Everdeen] braid."

As it is for any athlete, competition is the main draw.

"I like the challenge. I like the challenge of trying to do something that you've never been able to do and shoot longer shots better than anybody else," Ty Herchenhahn said.

Coach Conway added "seeing them come together cohesively as a group and be as supportive of each other as they are and work as a team is overwhelming."

State championships begin next week in Jackson.