Highland County’s Archery Champ

Mindy Armstrong of Highland County had great success at a recent archery competition.  Due to COVID-19 restrictions, instead of being held in-person in Louisville, Kentucky, the competition was spread out across the country at about 125 locations over five different weekends in December and January.  Armstrong competed at Augusta Archers in Staunton, Virginia.

“It was two rounds of a five spot archery target,” says Armstrong. “The perfect score is 360 X’s, the total for two days would be 600 and 120 X’s, and I shot a 600 and 112 X’s at the competition.  And when everybody had shot the competition, they did who won and I ended up third in the country.”

The competition was held by the National Field Archery Association and Armstrong competed against 78 other ladies in the adult women’s class amateur division.  Armstrong practices twice a day, especially right before competitions.

“It comes easy to me, I guess,” says Armstrong.  “When I was in school, I played sports and I was like ‘What can I do when I get out of school, you know?’  Archery came easy to me and it’s fun.  We’ve made tons of friends from it and my husband and I can do it together and it’s really, it’s really, fun.”

Armstrong says archery is a family oriented hobby where all ages, even children, can participate.  She started in archery about thirteen years ago.

“My husband and I decided we would start going to archery competitions locally and from there it kind of lifted off to be kind of a hobby and we could do it together and I really enjoyed it and from there it just skyrocketed,” says Armstrong.  “I actually work in Monterey at the new archery shop called Southeastern Archery and we just come up here and we’re able to practice all the time.  We enjoy it.  We have a little group of people that shoot all the time.  It’s really a fun and exciting thing to do.  I’ve met people over the years that I’ve become friends with, that I met ten years ago.  It’s just a real fun thing to do with other people and I actually enjoy it and I’m pretty good at it, actually.”

Armstrong travels around the country to competitions.  She plans to attend another competition in South Dakota the weekend of February 13th and then later in the month she’s off to Alabama.

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Bonnie Ralston

Bonnie Ralston is the Assistant Station Coordinator at WVLS and a Highland County news reporter. She began volunteering at Allegheny Mountain Radio in the fall of 2005. In 2006 she became an AMR employee and worked in Bath County for eight years as the WCHG Station Coordinator and then as the news reporter there. She began working in radio while in college and has stayed connected to radio, in one way or another, for more than thirty years. She grew up in Staunton, Virginia, while spending a lot of time on her family’s farm in Deerfield, Virginia. She enjoys spending time outside, watching old TV shows and movies and tending to her chickens.

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