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Clay Targets Ends 2nd Year with Better Numbers

Posted: 12/19/2018

The clay targets team enjoyed its second year in the GISA shooting disciplines of skeet, trap, and sporting clays in heavy competition around the state. The team, founded by senior Nolan Gibbs last year, grew in numbers from eight (The Great Eight) to eleven shooters out of seventeen that actually tried out for the team, and who are also members of the clay targets club. The team members for 2018 include:

  • Nolan Gibbs – Captain
  • Jack Bohling
  • Jackson King
  • Gavin Marshall
  • Sam Williams
  • Hector Padilla
  • Max Bendig
  • Adam Marshall
  • Anthony Prentice
  • Jack Ryan
  • Dominic Sanchez

Clay target competition is not an urban sport due to the difficulty of finding suitable places to practice. The team spent every Tuesday afternoon this fall at the Tom Lowe Shooting Range near Hartsfield Airport which at times is a 45-60-minute drive. The teams HSP competes with from Statesboro, Macon, and Augusta often have ranges in their back yards and can easily practice 3-4 days a week. Naturally, more practice leads to better results. Nevertheless, the team found great comradery with our fellow competitors and enjoyed memorable meets around the state, learning the sport and keeping safety in the forefront of their minds at all times.

We have a young team and the promise of an improved team in the future is witnessed by some excellent results at the state meet held at Forest City Gun Club in Savannah, GA. The top place for our team went to Max Bendig who shot 216 out of 300 targets, followed closely by Adam Marshall and veteran Nolan Gibbs rounding out a fine performance.

A special thanks goes out to the coaches who became certified as NRA Level I instructors to be able to qualify to coach: Dave Bendig, Ed Sanchez, and Billy King. Also, special thanks to team mom Kristen Gibbs and the supportive parents who were tireless in their efforts to cart the boys and the food all over the place.

The legacy of the team passes to Coach Dave Bendig who has agreed to take on the challenge next year as Coach Duncan Gibbs and senior Nolan Gibbs pass the gun, so to speak.