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Two northern Missouri families bond over archery

Sunday, July 24, 2011 | 3:50 p.m. CDT; updated 4:12 p.m. CDT, Sunday, July 24, 2011
From left, 4-H members Hoke Hoeppner, Noah Terrell, Tad Terrell, Hank Hoeppner and Cyrus Terrell prepare for their first target of the day during the Show-Me State Games 3-D archery competition in Moberly on Sunday morning.

MOBERLY — Archery isn't much of a team sport, but Brian Terrell considers it a great family activity.

While many sponsored archers brought their expensive bows to the NoMo Bowhunting Club on Sunday morning for the Show-Me State Games, Terrell was accompanied by his wife, Jan Terrell, and their three sons, Tad Terrell, 11, Cyrus Terrell, 8, and Noah Terrell, 6.

But that's not the only "family" they brought to the event.

They participated with a group consisting of close friends Teresa and Larry Hoeppner and their sons, Hank Hoeppner, 11, and Hoke Hoeppner, 12.

The Hoeppners and the Terrells met and soon became close friends when the boys joined a club for young sportsman interested in archery and guns.

"It's like one big family," Jan Terrell said. "It's great because they have a lot of fun together, shoot together, go to school together and, of course, get in trouble together," she said during a lunch break.

Teresa Hoeppmer teaches three of the boys at the Immanuel Lutheran School in Higginsville and considers it a big factor in the establishment of the relationship between the families.

"If we didn't see them in school, we probably wouldn't have got into archery," she said.

"It's also great because she can keep an eye on our boys at school," Brian Terrell said.

Brian Terrell, a certified archery instructor, started coaching the Hoeppner boys earlier this year. Now the two families have evolved into a large group of friends that spends time together outside the realms of archery and school.

"We both have ponds at our houses, and we'll go swim at each other's places and stay the night at each other's houses," he said. "All of it has brought the boys much closer together."

Brian Terrell has been shooting for most all of his life, about 35 years, and Jan Terrell picked up the sport a year ago to spend more time with the boys.

Larry Hoeppner used to shoot but said he had to give it up so he could afford to buy equipment for his sons.

"It's worth the money. They all have fun, and that's what's most important," he said.

Although Teresa Hoeppner said she probably will not dabble in the sport, she still remains a big supporter. She hopes to propose the idea of an archery class at the boys' school with the help of her husband and Brian Terrell.

"I think kids would love it, even the girls," she said.

Jan Terrell also thinks it is a good idea that parents would approve. "I'd rather see them doing this instead of getting into trouble or staying inside and playing video games," she said.


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