Posted: Nov 11, 2018
The week started on Friday November 2, 2018 when three members of the Ware County Rifle Team (11th grade Tyler Hanson, 10th grade Laci Jewell, and 8th grade Andi Hanson) traveled to Morgantown West Virginia to compete in the West Virginia University Rifle Team's Invitational Shooting Match. 74 competitors from across the east attended the match to include one shooter from Japan. Among the Olympic and World cup shooters, who dominated the competition, were Laci and Andi who tied for 3rd place as each shot an impressive 591 out of 600 possible in a statnding 60 shot course of fire. Tyler finished with a 577 to end the evening.
Fast forward to Friday November 9th, the team was recognized prior to the opening of the football game with a presentation of the much deserved State Championship rings. Head Coach Maurice England presented the rings to the 2017-2018 rifle team which consisted of Laci Jewell, Ben Smith Jr., Tyler Hanson, Rayne Riggins, Bryce Young, Dalton Vining, Yasmeen Gaspar, Cole Howard, Jacob Holmes, Samuel Haynes, Tori Moseley, Jordan Woodard, Taylor Overby, Louis England (Score Keeper), David Hanson (Asst. Coach), Dewaine Caswell (Asst. Coach), and Maurice England. On the field to congratulate the team were Superintendent Jim LeBrun and Athletic Director David Shields.
The week ended on Saturday with the 8th Gator Invitational Shooting Match held at the Ware County High School Shooting Complex. Team and individual shooters traveled across Georgia, South Caroling and Tennessee gathered at the complex for the event. The course of fire was a 3 position (prone, standing, and kneeling) with 20 shots fired in each position for a total of 600 possible points each and a team total of 2400 points. It was a clean sweep for the Gators in the "Precision" Class where Ware 1 (Laci Jewell, Ben Smith Jr., Tyler Hanson, Bryce Young, and Andi Hanson) claimed 1st place with a team score of 2351. Ware 3 (Tori Moseley, Dalton Vining, Cole Howard, Yasmeen Gaspar, Claire Ponciano) took 2nd place by shooting a team score of 2283 and Ware 4 (Jonathan King, Jacob Hatcher, Jay Dukes, Sam Haynes, Maria Medina) rounded up the day for a 3rd place win with a score of 2259.
The top 8 shooters competed in a "Finals" match to determine the individual and over match winners. To determing the individual winners the Finals score is added to the match score for an overall score. Goinging into the finals were Laci with a very impressive 595, Ben 586, Bryce 585, Andi 585, Tyler 584, Jonathan 579, Tori 575, Dalton 575. At the end of the final round, Ware County Middle School's eight grader Andi Hanson was declared the individual match winner with a combined score of 819.1. Tyler took 2nd place with 816.4 and Laci claimed 3rd place with a score of 803.4.
In the Sporter Class, Volunteer Tennesse 1 claimed 1st place with a score of 2202, Coffee County 4-H took 2nd place by shooting an 1851 and Tift County 4-H gained 3rd place with an 1818. In pistol senior division, Alexis Hodnett of Tift County claimed 1st place along with teammate Chandler Livingston took 2nd. Cory Fraizer took 1st place, Jake Turner 2nd, and Johnna Dukes 3rd in the open class, all of which are from Tift County. Junoir Pistol division, Ike Hobby 1st and Turner County teammate Will Watson claimed 2nd place. To conclude the match were the CloverLeaf Pistol division from Turner County 4-H Sam Hobby secured 1st palce, Justin Saylor 2nd, and Mason Purvis 3rd.
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