Eagle teams just miss top finishes at State

EDGEFIELD – Thirty-five shooters from Richard Winn’s shooting team competed this past weekend (March 13-14) in the two-day SC Dept. of Natural Resources Governor’s Cup and SCISA State Championship. The clay target shooting event, with over 600 shooters participating, took place at the Palmetto Shooting Complex in Edgefield, SC.

“We had a great showing in Edgefield this past weekend,” said Head Coach Scott Clyburn.

Saturday’s shooting featured the junior and senior varsity squads. RWA’s JV girls’ team composed of Mikaela Miller, Ella Grace Harrison, and Abby Lewis earned the first place JV girls’ title. In the JV boys’ division, the Eagle team of Matt Tate, Berry Bonds, and Connor Little took second place.

Additionally, RWA’s varsity shooters competed well on Saturday with the team of Ansley Parker, Meredith Pope, and Samantha Wilkes placing 6th overall and finishing 3rd in the SCISA State Championship. Brandon Miller, Carson Stuck, and Sam Clyburn’s Sr. Varsity Boys’ team placed 6th overall and finished 4th in the SCISA State Championship. Seniors Ansley Parker and Brandon Miller were awarded $1000 scholarships from the SC Department of Natural Resources.

With two more events on the schedule in an uncertain time, Clyburn feels positive about the team’s growth.

“We started with 18 shooters three years ago and now have 40,” Clyburn said. “As a coach, you want to win. It’s our job to win, but I feel like it’s my job to mentor and teach these young people like skills first. The shooting team is a way to do that.”