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Davies shoots for Arizona

Cooper Davies takes aim at animal-shaped targets during archery competition last month in Redding, Calif.
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You can call Cooper Davies a straight shooter.

That is, the 12-year-old Carson Valley archer has enjoyed a number of successful results so far in 2017 and later this month will pursue his sport to the USA Archery Compound Junior Dream Camp at the Ben Avery Shooting Center in Phoenix, Ariz. The camp is being held on June 20-25 for male and female archers ranging in age from 12-18 who have gone through a criteria and selection process.

Cooper, who will be an eighth grader at Pau-Wa-Lu Middle School this fall, explained that the camp is a stepping stone toward his future goals.

“I will train for the Outdoor Youth World Trials and be coached by the best coaches in the world,” he noted.

Cooper has moved up in 2017 to compete in the youth and cub divisions, plus he is shooting bow hunter freestyle and freestyle. Before he departs for Arizona, Cooper will compete again next weekend in the final leg of the Nevada Bowhunters Association Bowhunter Jamboree series in Eureka.

Among his results so far in 2017:

■ First-place at the National Field Archery Association (NFAA) Southwest Sectional in Reno on Jan. 17;

■ Second-place at the USA JOAD Nevada State Championships on Feb. 17 in Las Vegas and then 52nd-place one day later at The Vegas Shoot, known as the world’s largest indoor archery tournament;

■ First-place at the Nevada State Indoor Championships on March 11 in Reno;

■ First-place at the Nevada State 3D Outdoor Championships on April 29 in Eureka;

■ First-place on May 5-6 at the Western Classic 3D Trail Shoot and the NFAA Outdoor Championship in Redding, Calif. This marked his second straight win at the Western Classic championship.

“One of the coolest things that has happened this year is I have been selected as a Staff Shooter for PSE Archery and Alpen Optics,” Cooper noted.

Cooper went on to extend his gratitude to his coaches, Dave Catalano and Timmy Thomas, as well as fellow team members, coach Lystra Pitts at Wasting Arrows in Reno, and his parents, Mike and Nicole Davies. “I would like to thank my sponsors, PSE Archery, Alpen Optics, JH Construction, Carson Valley Clays, Nan and Pop, and the best bow tuner in the world, Jeremy Davis,” Cooper added.