Archery team headed to Louisville escapes Okla. bus fire
Joshua Santos, Zachary Silky and Taylor Van Hoozer say they just wanted to persevere and represent. They're the only members of a 13-person team from Lawton, Oklahoma to make it all the way to Louisville for this weekend's championship.
As they fire away, they're trying to put out of their minds the disaster that hit their team one day earlier. The Flower Mound Bobcats, their coaches and their family members were driving down an Oklahoma interstate early Thursday morning, when their bus instantly turned into a ball of fire.
Amazingly, all 33 people on the bus got out safely.
But, Taylor, Zachary and Joshua all just happy to be here. The rest of the team returned to Oklahoma.
Help for the trio has come from everywhere. The competition's organizers let them use their equipment. A team from Williamstown, Kentucky has literally and figuratively embraced them, even taking up a collection.
And, Taylor Zachary and Joshua know that no matter how they do this weekend, with what they've overcome, they will absolutely return to Oklahoma winners.
Jason Van Hoozer says it's amazing how quickly everyone on the bus woke up in a matter of seconds to escape the burning bus.
The archery tournament runs through Saturday at the Kentucky Exposition Center.