Each archer also shared what they thought was their biggest challenge in the sport before she coached each student individually.
“Right off the bat, she corrected the way I was standing,” said Asad Landery, a 17-year-old senior who has been shooting for two years. “She showed me how imbalanced I was by just gently pushing on me, and I just lost my balance.”
After he corrected his stance, she pushed him again, but he didn’t budge.
Lorig also encouraged the team to stay focused.
“I’m only letting my brain do what I have to do. That’s what gives you consistency. That’s what gives you confidence. When you’re confident, your score goes up.”
Also, the sport can take a while to master. “Archery means patience,” she said. “If you don’t have patience, play soccer.”
Now in its third year, Glendale High’s archery team is overseen by Coach Stephen Holmoe. Without many competitors nearby, the Nitros’ closest rival is North Hollywood High, and the team has even competed against college archers at USC or UCLA, Holme said.
Sixteen-year-old Chris Ha Hyun Lee has traveled across the country to shoot, since taking up the sport a few years ago.
This summer, he’ll participate in an international competition in Korea, following his team’s participation in the state championships on May 24 in Long Beach.
“You can learn a lot from it,” he said. “If you ask anyone in the very top levels, they’ll say, ‘archery is 99% mental.’ By the time you go to competition, everyone should have practiced enough. You’ve shot thousands of shots and you know how to shoot. It’s just how you react to it if you don’t shoot the shot you want to at a certain time and moving on from that.”
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