WINDHAM — The Windham High School archery team, a new addition to the WHS sports programs last year, has made its mark in the archery world.
The team has spent much of the year competing in big tournaments around the Northeast and next week will be competing in the State Archery Association of Massachusetts’ Indoor Nationals competition in Fiskdale, Mass.
“It’s the event that all competitive archers work toward for the indoor season,” coach Sonia Wong said.
For the rest of the season, the competitions are strictly regional. The Indoor Nationals cover a much wider range of archers.
This tournament will be the team’s sixth this year. So far, the Windham Archers have consistently placed in the top percentages of their divisions.
The team’s main competitors are Marissa Yost, Cassie Haley, Joshua Allen, Jared Mrvos, Jack Donovan and Max Johnson, and coaches Sonia Wong and Guy Gerig.
The team offers a unique opportunity for students to challenge themselves physically and mentally.
Gerig, the team’s co-coach and sponsor, has an extensive background in the archery world. He lands somewhere in the top 20 archers in the nation. He was a member of the U.S. National Team, as well as a finalist for the 1996 and 2000 Olympic teams. He is preparing himself to compete for a place on the 2016 Olympic team.
Wong said she hopes to see the team expand and branch out to a national level. Already the team is regarded as highly competitive, but she sees potential in these young athletes.
“There is not a doubt in my mind that we eventually can get to that level,” she said.