— By GREG WEBB
BROCK — The archery team at Brock High School is hardly what one might call a veteran group, but a vast amount of experience has yet to be a prerequisite for success.
But since Brock secured its membership in the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) less than two years ago, the crew carrying the banner, or rather the bow, has carried on the level of competition generally expected around Eagles country.
On July 11, Brock’s archery team will target world-class competition at NASP’s World Tournament to be held at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, WI. The event, which will include more than 200 teams and 3,000 or so archers, will run through July 13.
The 3-day competition will pit the Brock team against teams from virtually every state in the United States and some from Canada. Brock qualified for the world event after showing well at the NASP Nationals in Louisville, KY. back in May.
Brock’s archers will be mentored at the Madison venue by Brock ISD employee Kelly McDonald, who took over the team this year. MacDonald is a five-year employee in the district’s maintenance department, though he will taking over as the Transportation Director in the coming school year.
While MacDonald was tending to Brock’s equipment needs in repairing virtually anything needing mending, he volunteered, and was given the nod to perform another king of “fixing.”
Seeing that the bows the team was using were in need of attention.
After the bows were adjusted, MacDonald, whose parents are inductees in the Oklahoma State Archery Association Hall of Fame and the bearer of other championships, began to impart his knowledge in a deeper context. The teaching and response is the satisfying aspect of the volunteer coach.
“It’s great to watch the kids and help with their techniques and to see them improve,” MacDonald said. “It’s very gratifying to realize that perhaps some of the things I am telling them is actually working.”