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Gomes hits the bullseye, wins state title

By Steve Tool

Wallowa County Chieftain

Published on March 14, 2017 2:50PM

Steve Tool/ChieftainCole Gomes with his latest round of prizes from archery competition. Although also a 4-H shooter, these awards are as a shop shooter for Alpine Archery in La Grande.

Steve Tool/ChieftainCole Gomes with his latest round of prizes from archery competition. Although also a 4-H shooter, these awards are as a shop shooter for Alpine Archery in La Grande.

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The Gomes family might have to add a new room onto the house — a trophy room — if their son Cole keeps on his winning ways.

The 15-year-old Enterprise High School student and independent archer just returned from two separate archery events laden with treasures.

Gomes, first competed in the 2017 at the Oregon Bowhunters 2017 Indoor State Championships tournament in Bend on Feb 24-26, as the shop shooter for Alpine Archery and Fly in La Grande. He scored 587 points of a possible 600 with his bow and won first place for his age group.

The young archer picked up a plaque, as well as the Oregon Bowhunters triple crown award for winning the state indoor, state field shooting and 3-D shooting last year. That award also came with a rotating plaque he will hold until next year’s winner is announced.

Never one to rest on his laurels, Gomes spent the following weekend in Tigard, competing at a regionals tournament that featured archers from Oregon, Idaho, Washington and Montana. He scored 297 of a 300 possible points on the second day of the tournament and won his age group there as well.

“That was my personal best,” Gomes said.

He is waiting for the scores from archers in other states to see how he fared overall.

Next on the list is a fundraiser at the OK Theatre in Enterprise on April 1. As a 4-H shooter, Gomes is hoping to attend the 4-H Nationals in Nebraska from June 22-30. He qualified for the event at the 4-H state archery tournament in Albany last year. His parents Ed and Julie Gomes will also attend as coaches.

The OK Theatre event features several renowned archers and outdoor industry representatives as guest speakers. A homemade chili feed and raffle, which includes prizes of outdoor gear as well as a filmed hunt, are also on the agenda.

“Any person should be able to walk in and have a good time,” Gomes said.

The fundraiser is slated for 5-8 p.m. on April 1. Tickets are $8 for adults, $5 for ages 9-16 and free for kids eight and under.



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