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Archers Take Aim During Local Archery Tournament

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LAWTON, Okla__ Archers of all ages took aim in the 2014 Eastside Bulls Eye Bash Saturday.

Close to 15 area schools competed in the event with awards being given to the top individuals and teams.Students ranging from the third grade up to seniors in high school were able to compete.

The tournament was held at the MacArthur Middle School, and Kenzie Weber was one of the competition's highlights.

Weber has only been in archery for 2 years, it's actually her first year on her archery team. However, she can shoot an arrow.

"I just practice and that's what they said makes perfect," Weber said.

She practices with her family and her younger sister who is in archery as well. Participating in the sport is what her mom, Kristie, calls family time.

"We have a hay bale at the house and when it is warm we can go outside and we just have family time.  We go out there and they're trying to teach their mom right now, but we won't discuss that part," Kristie said.

Kenzie said that it's all that time spent with her family practicing that's helping her find success when she competes.
 
For instance, Saturday she was shooting while more than 20 other archers were also shooting, but she can block out the distractions because of the practice she has had with her younger sister.

"She likes to talk a lot so sometime she irritates me. I try to ignore them.  Like my sister when she's doing stuff mean to me, I try to ignore them," Kenzie said.

In Saturday's competition, the highest score that an archer can get is a score of 300. Kenzie came into the competition with her highest score to date being a 238, and her goal was to break it. She crushed it, finishing with a score of 255, and her mom could not be any more proud.

"That makes me happy, our whole family we are glad, because this is something she's worked hard for and now we are seeing the benefits from," Kristie said.

Kristie believes the sport is teaching her daughter more than just how to shoot a bow and arrow but giving her some life lessons.  

"Our family does not believe in quitters and this is one way she is proving that she is not a quitter," Kristie said.

The Weber's hope with some more practice and competitions Kenzie will be able to make it to the national competition in Kentucky. 

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