Shooters: "We're going to the State!"
Robbinsville Middle School sharpshooters are aiming for their first state championship.
The Shooting Sports team received an invitation to compete in the Youth Hunter Education Skills Tournament State Championship after Robbinsville Middle School placed third in the District 9 tournament in Polk County.
Eight Robbinsville Middle School students will compete in multiple events, including shotgun, archery, rifle, orienteering and a written hunting skills exam at the April 29 finals in Ellerbe, North Carolina.
Qualifiers for State are: Samuel Cable, Cole Carver, BJ Collins, Kyle Jenkins, Drey Keener, Sabrina Orr, Myson Phillips, and Gabriel Roberts.
Last year, the local middle schoolers were runner-up at State.
Can they do even better this year? That may be difficult since Andy Lynn’s team hasn’t had much practice time since Papa’s Pizza asked the boys and girls to practice somewhere else.
“I think they have been underdogs all year because of the range situation. We only got to practice five times all year and that was at Murphy’s range,” Lynn said.
Robbinsville’s shooters have been unable to practice at their new Bear Creek range, which is still under construction.
Robbinsville will be well represented by Samuel Cable, Cole Carver, BJ Collins, Kyle Jenkins, Drey Keener, Sabrina Orr, Myson Phillips, and Gabriel Roberts.
All are eligible for trophies in individual events.
Phillips placed first in individual shotgun at the District 9 tourney.
In overall, Collins was second, Keener placed eighth, and Carver took tenth.
Overall scores are comprised of scores in archery, orienteering, rifle, shotgun, test scores.
Robbinsville High School missed qualifying for state by just eight points.
“We have a great group of kids,” Lynn said. “I think they all have exceeded my expectations this year – high school and middle school.”