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Teen's talents right on target

July 16, 1998

By RICHARD F. BELISLE

Staff Writer, Waynesboro

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - The boy lines his sight up with the yellow bullseye on the target 20 yards away in his back yard and let's go of the string.

A whirr, a dull thunk and an arrow finds its mark in the yellow.

Daniel Reese, 13, a Greencastle-Antrim Middle School eighth-grader, is demonstrating the skill that won him a plaque as the best archer among 12- to 14-year-olds at the Pennsylvania State Archery Association tournament last month in Montoursville, Pa.

A bookcase in the living room of the home on Allison Street in Greencastle that he shares with his parents and older brother holds Daniel's trophies. There are more than a dozen on the shelves for baseball, basketball, football, wrestling, horse shows and archery - mostly archery.

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Daniel took up the sport seriously about two years ago and appears to have a natural talent for putting an arrow pretty much where he wants it to go, said his father, Daryl Reese, also a competitor in the sport.

Daniel said he practices regularly at an indoor range at the Greencastle Sportsman's Association on Sportsman's Road. He and his father shoot on a team in tournaments there.

"I was as good as him at one time, but he's ahead of me now. He has a talent," Daryl Reese said of his son.

Daniel said he never had much interest in archery "when I was a little kid and played with an Indian bow and arrows that had rubber tips."

Two years ago, he was talked into taking up archery by two close friends who were into the sport. His father encouraged him too because he wanted a replacement on the team for Daniel's older brother, Brett, 21, who left when he got older.

"When I first started I really didn't want to do it, but then I really started to like it. I was terrible the first year I was on my dad's team, but then I started to practice more and I got better," he said.

Daniel said he won a trophy in a tournament that first year. "That was because I was the only one competing in my age group. I couldn't lose," he said.

Daniel uses a 50-pound pull compound bow. Unlike the simple, single-string weapon used by American Indians, Daniel's bow has a series of pulleys that work the string around like a fan belt on a car.

It has a guide to hold the arrow in place, an adjustable sight equipped with a bubble level and a long, weighted pole that juts out about 4 feet from the front of the bow that he said helps steady his hand.

Daniel said he doesn't know if he will make his livelihood as a professional archer when he grows up. "Maybe part time, but I want to stay in competition," he said.

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