Mescalero’s first day at the National Archery in the Schools Program national tournament in Louisville, Ky., was an eventful one.
If only it was eventful because of their scores.
It’s not that the Apache Bowbenders are shooting terribly – they are the state champions, after all – it’s that they’re now shooting on a stage bigger than they’ve ever been on.
“The teams up here shoot really good,” said Bowbender coach Godfrey Cordova. “We’re shooting against generations of archers here.”
Twenty-three Mescalero students made the flight to Louisville, split into two teams. Combined, Mescalero shot 2,983 on the day.
By contrast, the leading team – Logan County High School of Kentucky – scored 3,411.
Still, these kids are experiencing something they likely never would have without the archery program.
“Nine of these kids have never flown, eight have never left the state before,” Cordova said.
NASP Nationals continues through May 9.