Letcher County archers shoot for worldwide distinction

Jordan Whitaker, above, is a senior on the Letcher Central archery team.

Jordan Whitaker, above, is a senior on the Letcher Central archery team.

WHITESBURG, Ky. (WYMT) - Football and basketball may be the trademark sports of eastern Kentucky, but one group in Letcher County is putting archery on the map.

Whitney Stamper enjoys archery because it is unlike any other sport.

"It allows you to relax yourself and just be you," Stamper said. "In any other sports you have to be part of a team, which, in this you are part of a team, but you have to contribute more than what you do here."

Stamper and 37 others make up the Letcher County Central High School archery team, which recently placed 18th in a national competition and will participate in the world championships June 28-30 in St. Louis.

"It's been good for all the kids on the archery team," said Michael Sexton, who has coached the team since it formed three years ago. "Because most of the ones we have don't participate in any other sport. So it gives these kids an opportunity to compete for their school and be part of something."

Senior archer Jordan Whitaker said archery impacts other areas of his life.

"We don't use sights on those bows," Whitaker said. "So I don't use a sight when I bow hunt anymore. It has left a mark."

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