Local Teen Excelling In Archery

By: Matt Barnes Email
By: Matt Barnes Email

Archery certainly isn't the sport many teens get involved. But for Harlem High School senior Samantha Pruitte, it's something she's been doing for a long time.

"When I was younger, 5 or 6, I just started shooting and it progressed," says Pruitte. "Then, we started shooting in more and more tournaments and it got bigger and bigger."

And now at 17 years old, Pruitte is just flat out good. Just ask her.

"I've got 10 national championships," said Pruitte matter-of-factly.

That's right, ten. And like any sport, practice makes perfect. She practices at least three days a week. And with tournaments on the weekend, it can make for a hectic schedule. But it's all routine for her, just like every shot.

"I just don't think about it anymore," said Pruitte. "I just set it up, look at the target, draw back, aim and just pull it through."

She doesn't have too far to practice either. With the help of her parents, they built a canopy in their backyard, complete with lights and heaters, allowing her to practice anytime. But she does travel for competitions. She's been all over the country and competed in Turkey in October. And now she's raising money to go to Poland for the World Indoor Championships in March. not bad huh?

"I'm excited," said Pruitte. "I mean, how many people can say they've been to Poland?"

And if Pruitte is going to win the title, she knows what the key to victory will be: "Not folding under pressure and keeping a good attitude."

And if her ten national championships are any indication, Pruitt has a pretty good shot of winning.


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