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National Champ: Ewing archery star takes aim at back-to-back titles

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12 year old Brooke Miller will be in search of her second straight National Championship next week in Louisville, Kentucky. 12 year old Brooke Miller will be in search of her second straight National Championship next week in Louisville, Kentucky.

QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) -- Brooke Miller is 12-years old and one of the best archers in the country.

After winning her first national championship last year, she later went on to finish second in the world.

"My dad was shooting in a league, and I thought archery looked fun, so we came (to Gamemasters) and started shooting, and went up from there," Brooke told WGEM Sports.

"It's kind of been her thing all the way through," said Brooke's dad, Kevin Miller.

"She takes a lot of pride in it, works really hard at it, and that got her to where she's at."

The Ewing, Missouri native also competes and succeeds in the Quincy Adult Men's league.

What may be most impressive is the fact the she has only been firing her bow for a total of two years.

"It sure makes you proud," Kevin said.

"I think every parent wants to see their kid succeed, and you see them start and in such a short time go to the next level. It's really been a fun ride to be along on."

"I let my mind go blank and just try to beat my scores, and not try to worry about everybody else," Brooke expressed.

In only a week's time it's onto the next challenge for Brooke as she will be in search of a second consecutive national title in Louisville, Kentucky.

"It would mean a lot but I have tough competition this year, so it's a learning experience right now, because I'm the youngest in my division," said Brooke. 

"She does well with her nerves, so I tell her to just try to keep the nerves under control and shoot your own shoot," Kevin Miller added.

"You can't play defense in archery, so just try to do the best you can do with what you have."
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