Southland Academy Clay Target Team finishes as state runner-up at GISA State Tournament
From Staff Reports
SAVANNAH – The Southland Academy (SAR) Varsity Shooting Team finished as the state runner-up at the Georgia Independent School Association (GISA) State Tournament held on Friday and Saturday, November 20-21 at the Forest City Gun Club in Savannah.
The Raiders, led by Chase Chapman, Jack Stapleton, Tom Hart, Blake Goodin and Henry Johnson, turned in a stellar performance at the tournament, finishing second in the state in the GISA Class AAA division.
There are three disciplines in the competition: Trap, Skeet and Sporting Clays. Goodin finished third overall in the trap competition and Hart turned in a fourth-place finish overall in the sporting clays competition. As a result of their performances, Stapleton, Hart and Chapman received All-State honors for being among the top 10 shooters in the state tournament.
“We really appreciate our seniors; Collins Bass, Ben Cook, Blake Goodin, Jack Stapleton and Haleigh Warren, who have worked hard improving themselves and mentoring their younger peers,” said SAR Head Coach Stephanie Chapman. “Our seniors have led us to elite status as a team and we will miss their leadership next season.”
What makes the Raiders’ finish even more remarkable is that three of the Raiders’ shooters, Hart, Bass, Johnson and Derek Lane, are members of the SAR Football Team. They played in the Raiders’ 30-6 loss to Brookwood in Thomasville on Friday night before traveling to Savannah to compete in the GISA Clay Target State Tournament on Saturday.
Kendall Warren, Haleigh’s sister, and Martha Scott Harry both placed in the top 10 in the Ladies Sporting division. The Warren sisters also finished in the top 10 in the skeet division and both Haleigh Warren and Harry finished in the top 10 in the trap division as well.
In the Junior Varsity State Competition, SAR’s Jaye Stanfield finished in third place overall in the trap competition.
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