Many kids were not involved in any after school activities until we began archery at our school.
One student that really experienced the ultimate senior year was Alise Brockhaus. Her senior year was the turning point of her archery career and turned her into a local hero. Alise began archery during her 7th grade year. She was very talented and pick up on the fundamentals of shooting very quickly. Alise was not involved in any sports throughout her high school years. She only did archery and it allowed her to be a part of a team.
Alise proved to be one of the most dedicated archers I have coached. She worked very hard to improve and set-up a range at her family farm to practice year-round. Her efforts showed, and during her 8th grade season, she finished 2nd at state in Bullseye. The following year, she placed 6th at state as a freshman. Her sophomore season she place 2nd in bullseye and 15th in 3D. As a junior she placed 6th in bullseye and 2nd in 3D.
Going into her senior season, Alise’s goal was to win a state title after placing 2nd three times. That year, she finished her Bullseye round with a 295, which won her first place. Two hours later, Alise shot in her 3D flight. I could tell by watching her that all the experience gained from shooting at a high level each year paid off. She seemed relaxed and focused. Her 3D score was a 295 again, which won her a second state title. She won the overall as well and walked away with over 5,000 dollars in scholarships and two Genesis Bows.
Alise was overjoyed to finally win a state title, but she was ready for more. We traveled to Sandy, Utah for the Western National Tournament, where I watched her win the girl’s 3D National title and place 7th in Bullseye. She also won the Western Nationals top overall female award.
Alise is very humble and willing to help others anytime. She has been a role model to our entire team and now is a local legend.