Frazer Archer Pockets Gold At State Games

Wins Gold
Korbin Cole, 19, of Frazer hit bull’s-eyes on 26 of 28 animal targets in an archery competition at Big Sky State Games in Billings in July. (Submitted photo)

A young archer from Frazer pocketed a gold medallion for his archery skills in the male bow hunter freestyle adult 18-up division at the Big Sky State Games in Billings in July.
Korbin Cole, 19, a 2017 Frazer High School graduate, is a newcomer to the sport. He has only been shooting arrows for about a year. He bested more than 30 older, skilled shooters. Several were sponsored.

The Fort Peck Community College student in Wolf Point was looking for an extra-curricular activity about a year ago as a freshman. That’s when he learned that FPCC has an archery program.
“I thought that sounded interesting, so I gave it a try, and here I am,” Cole said.
Under the tutelage of FPCC archery coach Elijah Hopkins, Cole crafted his skills during just one school year.
At the Big Sky State Games, Cole competed on a rural outdoor course near Logan International Airport. There was a considerable amount of walking required between the 28 animal targets set between 11 and 80 yards at various elevations.
Cole, the only local competitor, won his gold medallion by hitting bull’s-eyes on 26 of the 28 targets at the two-day competition.
“I missed two. That’s because they were 80-yard targets,” Cole said.
Previously, he played basketball three years at the Big Sky State Games. He also played on a softball team that competed this year.
Now, Cole wants to try bow hunting.
Big Sky State Games is an Olympic-style annual athletic event held at various venues in Billings every summer. It is an affiliate of State Games of America and serves as a qualifying event for the national competition.
Cole is eligible to compete at the 2019 State Games of America in Lynchburg, Va.
He is the son of Mike Cole and Melanie Blount Cole.