It was another successful season for the Columbia County 4-H S.A.F.E. (Shooting, Awareness, Fun and Education) Clay Pigeon Target Sporting Program.
Known as the shotgun club, its teams swept through district competition, going on to the state event May 11 at the Rock Eagle 4-H Center in Eatonton, Ga.
Taking second place in the junior division of the modified trap in the district competition were Benjamin Brewton, Ben Morbit, Clayton Morris, Grey Murray, Trent Rutledge, Garrett Serigney and Hunter Thomas.
At the state competition, Drew Deas shot in place of Thomas and they came away with a sixth-place finish.
In the senior division, the team of Madison Harrington, Luke Johnson, Tyler Kitchens, Bennett Lemmon, Allen Pittard, Will Plagenhoef and Cody Storey took first place in the district competition while Johnson was the district’s individual winner.
“I was happy with district, wasn’t quite as happy with state, but you know what, we had a good time and we’ve got some great kids and we’ll come back next year,” said head coach Keith Howard.
In 2012, Serigney was on the junior team that finished fifth at the state competition. Finishing fifth or better was a goal, but it wasn’t devasting to fall back just one spot.
“I was happy with really everything this year. I did good,” said Serigney. “We planned to get at least fifth, but it is what it is.”
Johnson, who is a year-round competitive shooter with the Scholastic Clay Target Program, was happy with the way the district competition turned out.
“It was kind of an accomplishment to come out there against 500 shooters and come out on top of all of them, it makes you feel really good,” said Johnson, who was also proud of the team’s effort.
Johnson took what happened at the state competition in stride.
“I guess it was just an off day,” he said.