ACCS’ Rives, Freeman sign archery papers

Published 12:00 am Thursday, May 4, 2017

For Adam County Christian School’s Allison Freeman and Morgan Rives, archery runs in the family.

The two, who both became familiar with the sport by way of their father, each signed commitment papers to Mississippi College Wednesday morning in the school’s library.

Freeman, a senior, has now been shooting for a little more than four years.

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“I just like (archery) better than shooting a pistol,” Freeman said. “It’s easier for me. It takes a lot of patience, but it’s fun.”

Rives, who is just a fifth-grader, first shot a bow and arrow when she was about 5 years old and now trains anywhere from four to six times a week.

“You have to practice a lot, but it’s actually a sport that you can always improve on,” Rives said. “If you don’t have more than two people, you can always compete with your other scores.”

Rives competes as a part of the National Field Archery Association, among other national shooting organizations, and Freeman takes her spot as a member of 4-H. The pair usually shoots at circular targets, while occasionally taking aim at animal targets.

Freeman said while she is sad to leave her friends at ACCS, she is excited to move on to college.

“I want to go into chemistry and try to become a pharmacist,” she said. “I’m ready for a new stage in life.”

Although her goals might change between now and the time she goes off to college, Rives said she just wants to keep learning.

“When you shoot, you want to be completely focused, and it teaches you discipline,” she said. ”I’m more excited about shooting farther distances.”

Mississippi College is located in Clinton, and competes in archery at the Division I level.