Holly Grove Archery Parts 1 & 2
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Holly Grove Archery Parts 1 & 2

August 16, 2019


THANKS FOR WATCHING OUTDOORS DELMARVA I’M ANDREW TAWES. AND I’M CAPTAIN WILLIE DYKES. WE’RE GLAD YOU ARE ABLE TO JOIN US FOR AN ALL NEW EPISODE. AND ANDREW, IT’S THE PERFECT TIME TO BE BACK, WITH ROCK FISHING AND TURKEY HUNTING GETTING STARTED ON DELMARVA. SURE IS WILLIE. BUT BEFORE WE GET INTO THAT, WE DECIDED TO CHECK IN WITH THE HOLLY GROVE ARCHERY TEAM, AND EVEN THOUGH THEY ARE ONLY IN THEIR SECOND YEAR, THE TEAM IS TAKING AIM AT THE HIGHEST LEVELS OF COMPETITION. TO SAY THE ARCHERY PROGRAM AT HOLLY GROVE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL IN WESTOVER MARYLAND IS OFF TO A GOOD START WOULD BE AN UNDERSTATEMENT. WE’VE COME A LONG WAYS, WE’RE UP TO 52 STUDENTS IN THE PROGRAM, AND LAST YEAR WE HAD ONE TOURNAMENT, TOMORROW’S GONNA BE OUR 5TH TOURNAMENT. SO OF COURSE 2 WEEKS FROM TOMORROW WE’RE GOING TO THE STATE CHAMPIONSHIP SO WE’RE LOOKING FORWARD TO THAT. RANGING FROM ELEMENTARY TO HIGH SCHOOL, THIS GROUP OF KIDS HAS BEEN TIRELESSLY WORKING TO HONE THEIR SKILLS, AND ALSO CALM THEIR NERVES. WE STARTED OUT WITH OUR FIRST TOURNAMENTS IN OCTOBER THAT WAS OUR FIRST ONE, UHH WE WERE KIND OF NERVOUS AT THE BEGINNING, AND WE’VE DONE WELL. SO I FEEL TOMORROW WHEN WE GO AND WHEN WE GO TO THE STATES I REALLY FEEL THEY’RE GOING TO BE CONFIDENT. SO INSTEAD OF WORRYING AND STEWING I THINK THEY’RE GOING TO BE READY. THE HOLLY GROVE ARCHERY TEAM PARTICIPATES IN THE NATIONAL ARCHERY IN THE SCHOOLS PROGRAM, AND THE COMPETITION IS STEEP. THAT’S WHY YOU CAN FIND THE TEAM PRACTICING EVERYDAY THEY CAN. TAKING SHOT AFTER SHOT, OVER AND OVER AGAIN. BUT THERE’S MORE TO IT THAN JUST BOWS AND ARROWS. THE PROGRAM NASP PROGRAM IS GREAT BECAUSE IT TEACHES THE KIDS RESPECT. AND WE HAVE GREAT RESPECT FROM THE KIDS AND THEY’VE DONE VERY WELL. SO WE’VE GOT A GREAT GROUP OF KIDS. THE NASP PROGRAM ALSO PUTS A BIG EMPHASIS ON ACADEMICS, WITH THE TITLE OF ACADEMIC ARCHER BEING SOMETHING ALL THE KIDS TAKE AIM FOR. COACH BRUCE BOWDEN MENTIONED THE RESPECT HE AND THE OTHER COACHES GET FROM THE KIDS, AND IN THE FEW SHORT VISITS WE’VE MADE TO THE TEAM’S PRACTICES, IT’S SOMETHING YOU NOTICE IMMEDIATELY. BUT THAT ALSO GOES BOTH WAYS. YOU WILL NOT FIND THE STEREOTYPICAL SCREAMING HEAD COACH LIKE THOSE YOU MIGHT SEE ON TV, COACH BRUCE BOWDEN IS QUITE THE OPPOSITE. BRUCE COACH BOWDEN DOESN’T MISS MUCH, AND HE NEVER MISSES A CHANCE SHARE SOME ADVICE, TAKE EXTRA TIME WITH NEWER ARCHERS. BRUCE AND ALSO TO REMIND THEM TO SLOW DOWN. BRUCE AT THE END OF THE DAY THESE KIDS ARE NOT LOSING SIGHT OF WHAT THEIR GOAL IS. AND WHERE ARE WE GOING 2 WEEKS FROM TOMORROW? WE’RE GOING TO THE MARYLAND STATE CHAMPIONSHIP. ARE WE GOING TO BRING A TROPHY HOME? YES. IS HOLLY GROVE GOING TO BE THE STATE CHAMPIONS? YES. THAT’S WHAT WE’RE GOING FOR. FROM PARTICIAPTING IN JUST ONE TOURNAMENT LAST YEAR TO A DETERMINATION TO CLAIM THE STATE CHAMPIONSHIP IN THEIR SECOND YEAR, THE HOLLY GROVE ARCHERY TEAM IS UP FOR THE CHALLENGE. I REALLY FEEL THERE’S GREAT THINGS COMING WITH ARCHERY AT HOLLY GROVE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL. COMING UP NEXT, FIND OUT WHY THE HOLLY GROVE ARCHERY TEAM NEEDS AN ESCORT ON THEIR RETURN HOME FROM THE MARYLAND STATE CHAMPIONSHIP. BUT FIRST, DID YOU KNOW? THE ARCHERY WE CHECKED IN WITH THE HOLLY GROVE ARCHERY TEAM A COUPLE OF WEEKS BEFORE THEY MADE THEIR FIRST APPEARANCE AT THE MARYLAND STATE ARCHERY CHAMPIONSHIP. IN THE TEAM’S 14 MONTH EXISTENCE, THIS IS THE BIGGEST TOURNAMENT THEY HAVE PARTICIPATED IN. RETURNING TO HOLLY GROVE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL FROM THE STATE CHAMPIONSHIP IN WESTMINSER MARYLAND — WITH A POLICE AND FIRE ESCORT BY THE WAY — IT’S SAFE TO SAY IT WAS A SUCCESSFUL TOURNAMENT WHEN YOU ARRIVE IN STYLE. BUT JUST HOW SUCCESSFUL WAS IT? WE TOOK A TEAM THAT WAS ONLY 12 14 MONTHS OLD, AND WE COME BACK WITH ALL THESE TROPHIES. START WITH ELEMENTARY DIVISION, THEY WON FIRST PLACE CHAMPIONS FOR THE BULLS EYE. ELEMENTARY ALSO WON THE 3D. SO BEING WE’RE ON 3D WE ACTUALLY SWEPT THE WHOLE THING, WE COME HOME WITH MIDDLE AND HIGH. AND THIS YOUNG LADY RIGHT HERE IS THE MARYLAND STATE CHAMPION FOR 3D AND BULLS EYE. AND THIS YOUNG MAN HERE IS THE SAME THING, MARYLAND STATE CHAMPION FOR 3D AND BULLS EYE. THEY ALSO CAME HOME WITH A NUMBER OF 2ND AND THIRD PLACE ARCHERS. I GOT THIRD PLACE IN THE MARYLAND 3D ARCHER CHAMPIONSHIP SO OUT OF ALL OF MARYLAND I GOT THIRD PLACE AND I’M SO SHOCKED. BULLSEYE I ENDED UP IN SECOND PLACE FOR OVERALL IN HIGH SCHOOL. I JUST THOUGHT ALL THOSE OTHER FOURTH GRADERS AND ELEMENTARY KIDS WOULD JUST BEAT ME AND I WOULD BE IN FIFTIETH PLACE. WHAT PLACE DID YOU FINISH IN? THIRD FOR BULLSEYE AND SECOND FOR 3D. OH MY GOSH IT WAS SO INTIMIDATING, AND THERE WAS PEOPLE EVERYWHERE, AND THERE WERE COACHES AND JUDGES AND EVERYTHING. BUT I MEAN LIKE WHEN YOU GOT IN THE SHOOTING LANE IT WAS JUST YOU AND THE TARGET THAT WAS YOUR MOMENT. SO IT WAS FUN. WE WERE UP AGAINST PEOPLE SHOOTING 290S, 280S, AND IT WAS REALLY A CHALLENGE. I THINK THE HIGH SCORE WAS 282 IN BULLSEYE. NOT ONLY WAS HOLLY GROVE SURPRISED BY THEIR PERFORMANCE, SO WERE THE OTHER SCHOOLS. SOME OF THEM HAVE BEEN THERE 8 10 12 15 YEARS. SO WE COME IN AND WE’RE A TEAM THAT’S NEVER BEEN THERE AND THEY’RE LIKE WHERE DID THEY COME FROM? SO WHAT’S NEXT FOR THE ARCHERS OF HOLLY GROVE? NEXT IS NATIONALS IN LOUISVILLE KENTUCKY AND HOLLY GROVE IS READY TO CONQUER, I AM TELLING YOU. WE ARE GONNA GO OUT THERE WITH FAITH AND WE ARE GONNA SHOOT OUR ARROWS. I THINK WE’RE GONIG TO NATIONALS IN LOUISVILLE KENTUCKY, AND THAT’S GOING TO BE AN EXCITING EXPERIENCE ALSO. POSSIBLY COULD GO TO THE WORLDS WE DON’T KNOW YET. THAT WILL BE IN ORLANDO FLORIDA THIS SUMMER. SO WE’RE GONNA GO TO NATIONALS AND WE’RE GONNA HAVE FUN, AND IF SOMETHING ELSE HAPPENS WE’LL CONTINUE ON. AND WE WOULD LIKE TO WISH THEM BEST OF LUCK AT THE NATIONAL COMPETITON, AND OF COURSE, CONGRATULATIONS ON BEING THE BEST IN THE STATE. GET OUTDOORS DELMARVA! COMING UP NEXT, WE’LL PREVIEW A HUGE EVENT THAT HAS EVERYTHING FOR OUTDOORS MEN AND WOMEN, RIGHT HERE ON DELMARVA.

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