Journal-Times (Grayson, KY)

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June 4, 2014

East archer wins national championship

June 4, 2014 — Ryan Walker feels most comfortable with a bow in his hands.

The East Carter senior helped the Raiders win a state championship last month and now he can be called a national champion.

Walker shot a 226 out of a possible 200 points at the Scholastic 3D Archery National Championships in London this past Thursday.

“We’ve been impressed with Ryan with the (National Archery in the Schools Program) and the 3D,” Coach Dana Bellew said. “He just has that natural born talent and loves archery.”

Walker, who recently shot a perfect score (300), was also named Kentucky Archer of the Year to add to his national championship. Bellew said he is the only person in the NASP program since its beginning to shoot a perfect score.

“I always shot an average high score of a 294 and I really didn’t think I’d get a 300 but my coach had confidence in me to do it and I was able to achieve that.”

“He is one of those kids who needs to adjust a little bit and whatever he makes it's a matter of a day and he got it perfected,” Bellew said. “He goes out every time and enjoys it. He’s not a competitor and just wants to do his best.”

Bellew, along with her husband Glen and Marc Dingee, have helped coach Walker to this point.

“We love Ryan like another son,” Bellew said. “We’re all so proud of him.”

Walker was able to score above the 200-point mark at the national championships thanks to hitting the “12 marks” on the target that equates to bonus points. He hit 13 “12s” to come up with the final score.

“Not everyone could do that,” Bellew said. “But I knew that he could.”

Bellew compared Walker to a young Levi Morgan, the Elite Archery Pro shooter who has won many championships throughout his career.

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