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West Virginia Wildlife
Winfield Archery
Patrick McMurtry Getting Ready For The StatewideTournament

February 22, 2012
Reporter: Patrick McMurtry
Videographer: Brad Rice


"I just enjoy doing it, it's one of my favorite things to do."
Katie Ferguson loves to shoot her bow.
So does her 5th grade classmate Cameron,
"It's just a lot of fun."

Of course, the better you are, the more fun it is to compete, and about a dozen of these student shooters at Winfield Elementary School will be competing in next month's Archery in the Schools tournament in Charleston. This will be the school's second tournament...last year they came in 11th out of 22 schools..not bad for their first time. Joe Rumbaugh coaches the kids.

"It's been good to watch them, the thing for us is the interest some of these kids, there is so many that don't do basketball and football or some of the other sports that excel in this. This is a life skill they can carry from now on." says Rumbaugh.

It sure is, archery is also one of the few sports parents can do with their kids, right next to their kids for the rest of their lives. That gets everyone fired up.

"Kids are excited, parents are excited, we've had some really good feedback on the program. Some of the kids that moved on to the middle school, we still hear from them that they're thankful we have it up there and we'd like to have it in the high school."says Rumbaugh.

"They like it, my step dad shoots-he's proud of me." says Cameron.

That's what it's all about. If you get a chance, come out to the Civic Center next month and check out the future of the sport.

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