Youth Archer Dantin McBee Continues to Shine

Dantin takes aim at a 3D target of a coyote (photo Danelle McBee)

At just 13 years old, Dantin McBee, a talented archer and middle school student, continues his rise in the world of competitive archery. With his exceptional skills and dedication to the sport, McBee has been making waves in local and national archery tournaments.

McBee, who just finished up 7th grade at Excelsior Springs Middle School, has been honing his archery skills for the past five years. He competes as part of the Western Missouri S3DA X-Bandits team, under the guidance of his coach, Ms. Julie Griggs. The S3DA (Scholastic 3-D Archery) program provides opportunities for youth archers to develop their skills and compete at various levels.

In 2022, McBee achieved a remarkable feat by earning the prestigious Shooter of the Year title in Missouri. This recognition was bestowed upon him for accumulating the highest combined points in the three state events. McBee’s exceptional performance not only solidified his position as one of the top archers in the state but also marked a significant milestone in his burgeoning career.

Dantin proudly shares his first place certificate for Missouri S3DA (photo Danelle McBee).

While middle school-age archers receive trophies and awards, McBee is eagerly awaiting the transition to high school age, where he will have the opportunity to compete for college scholarships. His sights are set on attending all three national events this year, showcasing his skills on a larger stage. In March, he participated in the Indoor Nationals held in Owensboro, Kentucky, and he is set to travel to Rend Lake, Illinois, for the National 3-D event in June. Additionally, McBee will be attending the National Outdoor Field event in Williamsburg, Kentucky, in July.

Recently, McBee showcased his prowess at the Missouri State Shoot for 3D on May 6. Demonstrating unwavering focus and skill, he secured a remarkable first-place finish, earning him a spot at the upcoming National 3-D tournament in Rend Lake, Illinois, in June.

Outside of his S3DA engagements, McBee has also demonstrated his talent and commitment by participating in other prestigious tournaments. In January, he attended the Iowa Pro-AM in Des Moines, where he had the opportunity to compete against archers from different parts of the country. In February, McBee traveled to Las Vegas for the International Tournament, where he faced off against competitors from various countries.

McBee’s dedication and hard work have not gone unnoticed, as he has garnered sponsorship from Victory Arrows, a testament to his growing reputation and potential in the sport. Additionally, McBee will be competing at the Missouri Bow Hunters State Tournament in June, further highlighting his versatility and passion for archery.

With each competition, Dantin McBee continues to impress the archery community with his combination of determination, focus, and remarkable talent.


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