Williamstown adds archery, bass fishing

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By Bryan Marshall

Williamstown students could exchange bats and balls for bow and arrows and fishing poles this year as two new sports are introduced.
Archery and bass fishing will be the newest options for athletes at Williamstown High School.

While many details still have to be worked out, both sports were high on students’ interests in an annual program review survey at the school.

“What I like about it is, in a small school, everybody can’t play basketball or baseball,” said Williamstown High School athletic director TJ West. “This gives some kids an opportunity to do some stuff that they feel comfortable doing. It gives more kids an opportunity to participate in sports. I think it’s a great idea. We’re happy to have it.”

Bass fishing is a new Kentucky High School Athletic Association-sanctioned sport for the 2012-13 season.
The regular season will run from late February to mid-April, followed by the state competition at Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area in Western Kentucky.

West said the district has already spoken with a county resident who owns a boat who would be willing to coach, but logistics have not been finalized.
“It will be after school starts when we can get together and get everything lined out,” he said. “We want to make sure we’re doing it right and we’re in compliance with KHSAA.”

Although previously taught in high school gym class, archery also will become a sport at WHS coached by Mike Walters.

“We’re trying to find things that interest all of the kids,” WHS Principal David Johnstone said during a recent school board meeting. “These are two activities that are a little bit different. There seems to be a fair amount of interest. I’ll be surprised if we did this and nobody showed up.”