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Archery tournament brings more than 1,000 students to central Wis.

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WISCONSIN RAPIDS (WAOW) -

Adrenaline was rushing at the National Archery in the Schools tournament in Wisconsin Rapids.

"You're ready to go and then we you fire that first arrow, it all leaves," said Sophomore, Austin Bowman.

Bowman is a student competing in this year's tournament.

"There's a lot of time that goes into this, I dedicate my mornings, afternoons, some weekends," said Bowman.

He's been training since the sixth grade. He said it's helped him grow in a lot of ways. He shoots for a perfect score of 300.

 

"A lot about how to handle myself in stressful situations, there's nothing more stressful than this, honestly," said Bowman.

His coach said he's noticed the difference.

"His scores have always been good, always been consistent, but I've noticed a real change this year, they're in the 280's so, he's definitely progressed," said Coach, Scott Moseley.

He said this sport is one of the fastest growing in the state. The competition is in its eighth year.

"The first year we had 13 kids shoot at state, the following year we had 45," said Moseley.

Organizers said this year is setting a record, with more competitors than ever.

"We've got 1,100 kids competing today and tomorrow, 47 schools, which again is another record, that's up almost ten schools from last year," said Archery Education and Marketing Specialist, Dan Schroeder.

The competition includes students ranging from the fourth grade to the 12th grade, from all over Wisconsin.

"Most of the schools that are here are practicing at least one night a week, if not more," said Schroeder.

Students hope it will pay off and send them to nationals.

Nationals are held next month in Louisville, KY.

Admission to the event is free.

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