Winter Sports Spectacular: Archery

By Erica Quednau |

Published 02/12 2014 01:47PM

Updated 02/12 2014 04:02PM

CHAMPAIGN -- Archery is a sport typically seen during the summer. But, this winter, it's marking another big stepping stone for an area team. Jefferson Middle School's Archery Team just started three years ago. As WCIA-3's Erica Quednau reports, it's been growing ever since.

There's a new sport taking aim in Champaign. It's nothing like basketball, football or volleyball.

"I just really found an interest in doing something different."

Plus, having people like Katniss and Merida do it, made it seem pretty cool.

"I was introduced to it, kind of by, like Lord of the Rings and stuff. And having, like the main character, Legolas and everything."

"We weren't quite sure, team, club?"

That was three years ago when only 19 kids signed up. Fast forward to today. Those numbers have quadrupled.

"It's very exciting for us. We're looking forward to state, and rather than two teams going to state, I've got four teams."

Oh yeah, and besides just going to competitions, they decided to hold their own last weekend.

"Surreal. We've been working since June and to see how big and how many schools responded. We've got four schools who contacted us and want to be here next year. It just wasn't in their budget."

"Oh, it's by far, amazing because we get to actually just feel the honor of having people come here."

The honor of growing the sport one shot at a time.

"I can say that before it became a bigger sport, I was a part of it when it was smaller and it is just a great opportunity to be a part of."

Coach Scrull says the competition went very smoothly, and all the kids did awesome. Their gold team scored higher than any other team there, even over high schoolers. Thirteen of the team's archers had the top 20 scores.

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