2018-06-14 / Sports

A family that shoots arrows together…

By Mike Wilson
Sports Reporter • mwilson@mihomepaper.com


BAY PORT - The Edwards Family (l-r) Alexis, Luke, Jalaena, Audy (mom), Jonathan, (in back) Jacob, and Brian (dad, missing from photo) all are involved with the Laker archery team and just competed in world championships in Nashville, Tennessee. 
Photo by Mike Wilson BAY PORT - The Edwards Family (l-r) Alexis, Luke, Jalaena, Audy (mom), Jonathan, (in back) Jacob, and Brian (dad, missing from photo) all are involved with the Laker archery team and just competed in world championships in Nashville, Tennessee. Photo by Mike Wilson BAY PORT - The family that shoots arrows together, stays together. At least that is the sentiment of Brian and Audy Edwards, of Bay Port, and their five children.

“We were involved in soccer, but we found that with the kids all playing on different teams it was taking the family in different directions,” Audy Edwards said. “With archery, we could keep the family together and still be involved in competitions.”

All of the Edwards children compete with the exception of 4-year-old Jonathan, who’s too young.

The entire family just returned from the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) World Championships in Nashville, where they were part of the Laker archery team.

Mr. and Mrs. Edwards are coaches on the team of students from Laker Elementary School, Thumb Homeschoolers, Cross Lutheran School and St. John’s Lutheran School-Pigeon.

Luke Edwards, 12, did his family proud when he placed 11th in the bullseye competition and 15th in the 3D competition at the world championships.

Alexis Edwards, 17, has won a state championship and has competed at the national and world championships. Jacob Edwards, 15, won a state championship while battling Lyme disease and has also competed at national and world championships. Jalaena Edwards, 11, was part of the Laker archery team, which placed 14th in the recent world championships.

The family also competes in the Centershot competitions. Centershot Ministries (CsM) is a non-denominational outreach program that shares the Gospel of Jesus using the life skill of archery. Mr. Edwards is a former pastor, so CsM is a natural fit for this family.

Seven members of the Laker archery team, including the Edwards children, competed in Centershot and finished in 3rd place at the world championships that were held in conjunction with NASP World Championships last weekend.

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