Knox’s first archery team taking flight

Members of Knox County’s archery team were aiming high for their first win in an organized competition.

“I never realized being a coach would make me feel like a fish out of water. It requires a lot of effort but it has been well worth it,” said coach Robert Dunaway.

Coach Dunaway, with assistant coach (and wife) Selina Dunaway, helped members of Knox County’s newest sport bring home an overall third place win against Boyle County.

Coach Dunaway stated that starting an archery team from scratch was a struggle, but with the help of some dedicated parents, wonderful sponsors, and his assistant coach, he was able to get the equipment needed for the team’s first event.

One standout archer, Macy Yother, a 7th grader at Knox County Middle School, earned a 1st place medal in the female middle school division at the Boyle County competition.  She is the daughter of Mike and Crystal Yother.  Several other archers on the team barely missed placing by only a few points.

“All the other KCHS coaches have been supportive and showed me the ropes on a lot of stuff,” stated Dunaway.  “My support team has been my success so far. They allowed our archers to experience a great learning opportunity at the Boyle County competition.”

Coach Dunaway said, “the KCHS archery team is a new team with lots of talent and skill unlike other counties who have had archery teams throughout elementary, middle, and high school.”

Coach Dunaway and the entire team are looking forward to future of Knox County’s newest sport.  “We are building a program with students who have a lot of talent as archers but with very little experience. I feel with more experience we will be the team to beat in the future!”

Team members include Andrew Burton, Monika Cedillo, Noah Donaldson, Kiersten Dunaway, Roger Dunn, Colby Elliot, Christopher Fischbach, Hayley Golden, Bobby Grubb, Jeffrey Grubb, Chase Hubbard, Hailey McGuire, Bobby Merida, Dylan Roach, Jeremy Sharp, Brian Smith, Matthew Smith, Clay Sprinkles, Dylan Trent, William Wilson, and Macy Yother.