By Kyle Lovern
A Tug Valley student recently won the 2014 IBO World Target Archery Championship title in New York and has won three state tournaments including West Virginia, Kentucky and Georgia.
Kyle Evans, a 16-year old junior, lives in Naugatuck with his dad Reggie Evans.
The youngster, who started shooting a bow when he was 10-years old, has become an accomplished shooter. He is well-known in the archery world.
“I want to start out first thanking the Lord for what he has done for me. I love the Lord first, and my second love is shooting competitive archery,” young Evans said of his faith and his love for the sport.
“I have great support of my grandparents who are Bill and Doris Evans from Naugatuck,” he said.
“I began shooting competitively when I was 10 years old. I got my first bow when I was eight years old. I used it for deer hunting only, but after about two years, my dad hears about competitive archery shoots that took place every Sunday, at Dewey Lake in Paintsville, Kentucky,” Evans recalls. “We started going and I loved the competitive shooting. I had a strong desire to want to win every week, and I knew for this to happen I had to put 2 to 4 hours a day of practice in.”
“I never got to do any activities like a normal child. Many summer days I wanted to go swimming and play baseball during the summer months, but I couldn’t if I wanted to be a winner in the archery competition. The practice and prayers have paid off. God allowed me to win the World title this year,” a modest Evans said.
“The past five years my dad and I have traveled over many states as far north as New York, and as far south as Florida shooting many different competitive levels. These are some of my titles I hold from shooting in the past five years,” he added.
Evans is presently ranked No. 1 in the world, and was ranked first in the United States for two years in a row.
He has won seven national titles and was voted Shooter of the Year, back-to- back the last two years.
Young Evans has won three Kentucky state titles, three West Virginia state tourneys, and one state title in Georgia.
“I have shot at the World tourney the last four years. I placed second, third and fourth, before winning first this summer,” Evans added.
“I would like to thank all of my sponsors and the Lord,” Evans concluded. “I’d like to thanks all my family and friends that have supported me all the way through. It means the world to me! I’d like to also thank all my amazing sponsors for making the best equipment in the industry.”
His sponsors include Strother Archery, CBE Sight, Scott Releases, Bohning Archery, Goldtip Arrows and B-stinger Stabilizers.
(Kyle Lovern is the Sports Editor for the Williamson Daily News. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 304-235-4242, ext. 2277 or on Twitter @KyleLovern.)