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Meet Powhatan’s bow-shooting phenom

Mattie Reiman, now 16, first picked up a bow when she was 8 years old. Now, she's winning championships at the national level.

A Shadyside High School junior is making her name well-known in the world of archery.

Mattie Reiman, now 16, first picked up a bow when she was 8 years old. Now, she's winning championships at the national level.

“They got me a bow when I was little, and I was just shooting, not like anything good or anything, but then I finally got competitive with it,” she said.

She was always around the sport. Her family, especially her grandfather, Larry Brubaker, did plenty of 3D shooting when she was a kid.

So, Mattie found herself drawn to the sport and decided she wanted to get a little more involved.

“I ended up winning a shoot, and after the feeling of winning, it pushed me to keep going,” she said.

“She picked the bow up and right away, you could tell she had the instincts to do it,” Brubaker said.

She didn't only have the instincts, she had the skill. She won her first tournament when she was 11 and she hasn't looked back. This year, she's won 10 tournaments.

She already has three American Shooter's Association state titles.

And this summer, she became a national champion in her age group, winning the International Bowhunting Organization Triple Crown.

“She just had the raw talent to do it. She just needed polish. Once we got her shot the way we needed, that's when things really took off,” Brubaker said.

There's still plenty to accomplish at a few more tournaments this year, but Mattie's got big plans way beyond 2018.

“I hope to go pro one day and maybe do it in college, too,” she said.

Next up for the Powhatan girl is likely a trip to Lancaster, Pennsylvania for another tournament later this year.

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