NEWBURGH, Ind. (WFIE) - For the past 13 years, archery has been implemented in high schools right here in Indiana, and Castle High School has become somewhat of a powerhouse in the sport.
In 12 out of the last 13 years, the Knights have won the state championship. And after winning in Louisville in May, Castle took home the National Championship for the second year in a row.
With a score of 3,480, out of 3,600, the Knights were the highest among 263 teams from across the nation.
Each archer apart of the team earned a $1,000 scholarship.
“It was such an immense feeling of happiness of being able to actually do it and being able to stand up on the stage and represent my team, it’s really exciting too," said Ashlie Garrison, the overall female National Champion. "Because it shows how much we represent Castle in a sport that not many people know about.”
“We have a lot of good coaches and they’ve worked on their technique," stated Mark Zwilling, Castle’s Head Archery Coach. “We’ve had people tell us that they’re shooting better then what the bows are designed for them to shoot, higher scores then what the bows are designed for them to shoot. It’s pretty remarkable. A lot of hard work, a lot of repetition and practice.”
The two-time National Champions still have one event left. The Knights will travel to Nashville in late July to compete in an open invitational tournament.