In West Virginia, the word “dynasty” has an alternate spelling: R-I-P-L-E-Y.
Ripley High School’s archery team is about as dynastic as one gets. The Vikings have won six of the seven Archery in the Schools tournaments held so far, and finished the 2013 season with another state title and a fifth-place finish in the National Archery in the Schools tournament, the best ever by a team from the Mountain State.
“We have a great bunch of kids,” said Tom Kruk, one of the team’s coaches, when asked the secret to Ripley’s success. “They’re not content with just being good. Kids from some teams are happy when all their shots are all in the target’s yellow (9-point) ring. Our kids want them all in the 10-ring.”
Kruk happily acknowledges that many of the team’s archers began shooting long before they ever reach high school – or middle school, for that matter.