The Prosper Archery team competed at the state competition in Belton, Texas, at the Bell County Expo Center on Friday March, 24, 2017. They competed against 34 other middle schools with more than 2,000 students participating this year. Making a four position jump from their previous standing in January, the team is now ranked fifth in the state for all middle schools.
With 11 archers scoring their personal best on Friday, the team’s score at state qualifies them to compete at the national level in Louisville, Kentucky, a few months from now. Head Coach Becky Hedges said the results the young team has achieved has been incredible.
“I can hardly believe how much the archers have achieved in their first year,” Hedges said in an email. “Prosper archers were incredibly composed when competing against schools across the state. I’m proud of their skill, but I’m far prouder of how they challenge what’s possible in archery, education and sportsmanship. We’re looking forward to Nationals to make new archery friends and to show schools from other states that ‘We are Prosper.’”
Prosper Archery parents are also thrilled with the results. They have been responsible for fronting much of the costs and serving as the transportation and volunteers for the non-ISD recognized sport.
“It was so exciting for the kids participating in the state tournament,” Jeena John, a Prosper Archery parent and volunteer said. “The kids did an amazing job. We’re so proud of those kids. It was a learning experience for them. They worked so hard to get here. We want to thank Coach Becky for all the hard work and support for this team. Now we are getting ready for Nationals in Kentucky. So wish us ‘Good luck’ and thank you to all the parents and coaches for all their support. Let’s go Prosper Archery! Let the arrows fly!”