LONG LINE OF ARCHERS A group of 40 archers takes aim during the Centershot Ministries Northern State Tournament at Bambi Lake Baptist Camp July 8. Seventy-eight archers from eight churches competed in the event, with a group shoot competition on Friday and a shoot for individual archers on Saturday. Organizer Dr. Mike Ritchie said competitors ranged in age from 4 to 80, and that the top individual shooter was 16-year-old Will Schultz of Grayling, with a score of 272 out of a possible 300 points. Archers from four to 80 years old had a chance to compete in an Olympic-style event at the same time as they grew in their faith as Centershot Ministries held its Northern State Archery Tournament at Bambi Lake Baptist Camp Friday and Saturday.
Dr. Mike Ritchie of Roscommon Baptist Church said the Centershot Ministry, founded by Chris Grimes in 2006, has grown to include 1,300 churches and is now in operation in nine countries. According to the ministry’s web site, “Centershot teaches students the life-skill of archery while sharing the good news of Jesus Christ at the same time.”
INTERNATIONAL COMPETITOR Dr. Mike Ritchie, Centershot Ministries international board member and coach of the King’s Archers from Roscommon Baptist Church, goes over the score of Guanzhong Du, 10, of Baoding, China during Friday’s group shoot competition. Du was part of the team from Trinity Church in Lansing. Ritchie, who is a member of Centershot’s national board and is the coach of the King’s Archers of Roscommon Baptist Church, said 78 archers competed at Bambi Lake Friday and Saturday, representing churches from Lansing, Adrian, Hubbard Lake, Gaylord, Grayling, Alpena and Midland. The King’s Archers were the champions in Friday’s group shoot competition, with Hubbard Lake Baptist coming in second and Our Redeemer Church of Midland third.
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HAPPY WITH HIS SHOT Caleb Hahn, 4, of Hubbard Lake looks approvingly at his target during the group shoot portion of the event. Caleb had coaching during the shoot from Brant Boutwell of Evergreen Baptist Church in Jackson, AL.