The Elkin senior team included Braden Oliver, Carter Chu, Mallory Wall and Maggie Hall. Spencer Carpentier, Lauren Sidden, Sophia Welborn, Luke Burchette, Smith Ray and Bailey Spicer are not pictured.

Courtesy of Misty Ball

On March 29, Elkin Shooting Sports participated in the 2021 North Carolina Wildlife Commission Hunter Education Program District 7 Hunter Safety Tournament. Thirty-eight senior division teams and 15 division teams junior from the surrounding area participated in the tournament. Elkin Shooting Sports fielded a total of four teams in the junior and senior divisions who each competed in four different events including shotgun, rifle, archery and hunter skills. All the teams represented Elkin well. The teams excelled at the tournament, with the Elkin Senior Buckin Wapiti and Elkin Jr. Elks both winning the overall District 7 standings.

Reece Hagwood, Connor Ball, Marshall Wells, Mattie Wells, Jaclyn Simmons, Noah Stuart, Blain Adams and Jaden Rasnick were competing for Elkin’s senior Buckin Wapiti team. The Elkin Senior Buckin Wapiti team placed first in the senior division for rifle with a score of 965 with 46x, first in the senior division for archery with a score of 990 with 26x. The team also placed first in the senior division for hunting skills with a score of 366, and first in the senior division for shotgun with a score of 1000.

Coach AV Cockerham was extremely proud of the shotgun squad made up of Noah Stuart, Reece Hagwood, Blain Adams, Connor Ball and Jaden Rasnick. It was the first time in Elkin Shooting Sports history that an Elkin team had fired a perfect shot with a shotgun in a district competition.

Overall, the senior Wapiti team finished first in the senior division with an aggregate score of 3321 out of a possible 3500. Jaclyn Simmons placed first individually in the senior division for hunter skills with a score of 86. Marshall Wells placed first individually in the senior rifle division with a score of 196 with 11x. Connor Ball placed first individually in the senior division in archery with a score of 199 with 8x. Reece Hagwood placed first individually in the senior division in shotgun with the tiebreaker and finished first in the senior division in individual overall.

Joshua Couch, Wade Thompson, Reagan Whitley, Zachary Stuart, Morgan Orta, Brady Reed and Emery Hall were competing for the Elkin Junior Elks team. The Elkin Junior team placed Elks first in the junior division for shotgun with a score of 870, 2nd in the junior division for archery with a score of 878 with 2 x, second in the junior division for hunter skills with a score of 274, second in the junior rifle division with a score of 853 with 15 x.

Overall, the Junior Elks team finished first in the junior division, scoring 2,875 out of a possible 3,500. Joshua Couch placed first individually in the junior division for hunter skills with a score of 72, first individually in the junior division for shotgun with the tiebreaker, and first overall in the junior division .

Lauren Sidden, Sophia Welborn, Braden Oliver, Carter Chu, Smith Ray, Spencer Carpentier, Bailey Spicer, Maggie Hall, Mallory Wall and Luke Burchette were competing for the Elkin Senior Elks team. The Elkin Senior Elks were third in the senior archery division with a score of 967 with 13x and second in the senior rifle division with a score of 930 with 26x. Coach Jack Richardson was extremely proud to have two senior rifle teams to finish first and second in the senior division. Overall, the Elkin Senior Elks finished 10th in the senior division.

The Elkin Senior Buckin Wapiti Team and the Junior Elks Team will qualify for the State Tournament. Coach Scott Wood is very proud of Elkin Shooting Sports’ performance at the District Tournament and looks forward to the State Tournament.



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