LAWTON, IA (KCAU) — Ever since she started bowhunting with her father as a child, Alise Brockhaus has always had a bow in her hands. Although Alise wasn’t introduced to the sport until junior high school, it was clear that Brockhaus would shine at shooting.
“I got to 7th grade and Coach Carlson came into our PE class and said, ‘We’re going to shoot some bows today,’ and I got stuck with that and here I am,” Lawton- Bronson senior Alise Brockhaus mentioned.
“She picked up the bow and she started shooting and you could see it,” Lawton-Bronson archery head coach Jason Carlson said. “It’s one of those things when I bring it into PE class, I look around and…you can always pick two or three who understand.”
After impressive performances as a freshman, she would follow it up with second-place finishes at her sophomore and freshman state. All set for the state title wins her senior season in Bullseye and 3D, achieving a goal Alise set for herself that took four years to achieve.
“I knew she was going to break out sooner or later, and it was just her senior year and she broke out in a big way there,” Carlson said.
“Almost every year I’ve gotten second place state and people tell me ‘this is your year to be first, this is your year,'” Brockhaus said. “My name being called to get up there and get my plaque and my medal and stuff like that… I didn’t know how to feel it was just overwhelming.”
But Alise’s archery chapter was far from over. The pair of state wins would qualify her for the National High School Archery Championships in Salt Lake City, along with the increased pressure of competing on a national stage. But after her success at State, Alise didn’t have to change much in her approach, earning her a 7th-place finish at Bullseye, while winning the National 3D crown.
“It didn’t really hit me until later that night that it was such a big deal, but it was pretty much the same as it is,” Brockhaus said. “Hearing my name called and it was just wow.”
“You could tell it was a weight on his shoulders,” Carlson said. “It was just an exciting time for the whole team, all the family members we had there and of course Alise. She wanted that more than anything.”
And with Brockhaus hitting the bull’s eye, the Lawton Bronson community has followed suit with sponsorships and support. Rallying behind Alise as she rises through the ranks as LB.
“It’s really special because we’re such a small school and we don’t have school news everywhere,” Brockhaus said.
“The community has gone above and beyond all my expectations, and it just shows that our community cares a lot about this business,” Carlson said.
They’ll have more reason to celebrate in June, when Alise pushes her skills a bit further at the World Archery Championships in Louisville, for a chance at a $25,000 scholarship and to continue her journey to become one of the best with a bow. and arrow.
“She is an outstanding role model for all archers, all students at our school,” Carlson said. “She is a symbol of hard work that pays off.”