CCYAA to hold indoor tourneys

Published 12:02 am Wednesday, June 18, 2014

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Jacob Williams lets an arrow fly at an earlier tournament this season. | Courtesy photo

Covington County’s Youth Archery Association will be holding summer tournaments at Sporting Lifestyles in Andalusia.

Two of the association’s top archers — Red Level rising sophomores Jacob Williams and Marianne Vigor — said they are excited to get the summer tournaments going.

The RLHS students don’t have to wait long because their first of three indoor tournaments is tomorrow night.

Kids will be divided into four divisions: K-3rd grade, 4th-6th grade, 7th-9th grade and 10th-12th grade. Archers then will start shooting at 15 targets and points are acquired by where the arrows fall on the circular rings. The highest you can go points wise is 12 on each target.

“At the end of it, they tally up the scores and the shooter with the highest score gets a medal and money,” he said.

The highest Williams shot at a tournament is 168 out of 180 total points.

When asked how much money, Williams said it depends on how many show up for the tournament.

Vigor said she thinks it’s going to be a good start to the tournaments on Thursday.

“I think it’s going to be a good tournament,” Vigor said. “I’m looking forward to it. I think the kids are excited about it, too.”

Williams began shooting a bow and arrow at around 6 or 7 years old, and ever since he can remember, he’s always had the goal of shooting at the University of Alabama and for the United States Olympic team, he said. He said there isn’t a real art to shooting a bow, but it can be difficult for those who haven’t done it before.

For Vigor, she got into archery through her sister.

“She shot when I was a little kid,” Vigor said. “I told my mom (Melissa Hartz) I want to do it like she did. Then my mom started archery back up.”

This will be the first time that the CCYAA will holding indoor tournaments. Tournament dates after Thursday are July 10 and 24. All tournaments start at 6 p.m.

The tournament fee is $10.

Williams is the son of Gena and Bill Buckelew of Red Level, and Vigor is the daughter of Melissa and Richard Hartz of Red Level, and Michael Vigor of Andalusia.