The Eagle River High School Wolves Rifle Team was defeated by the Dimond Lynx 2-5 on Fri., Oct. 7.
The match took place at Eagle River High School. Tensions ran high as the Wolves awaited the arrival of Dimond High School. Once the match got going, the students got in their element, with high scores reaching to 282 out of 300.
Shooters from both ERHS and DHS battled it out for the top score of the match.
Haylee Nicholson from ERHS and Kevin Sargent from DHS both shot a score of 282 out of 300. This tie set up the “last shot” from both from the kneeling position as a tie-breaker. It was Nicholson’s final shot that gave her the overall high score of the match against Dimond.
ERHS Senior Brandon Rose shot his personal best – a 281 – at the Oct. 7 match.
“Though we lost I won’t let it get me down because I shot my personal best and stayed on the coach’s good side,” Rose said with a laugh.
The Eagle River A Team shooters were Nicholson with a 282, Rose with a 281, Ashtin Bennett with a 281 and Maddie Bidinger with a 279. Together the four scored 1,123 against Dimond’s score of 1,122, earning Eagle River two points.
The Eagle River B Team shooters were Haley McGrew with a 274, Grace Rochon with a 272, Daniel Foshee with a 271 and Ian Soellers with a 269. Together ERHS Team B scored a 1,086 against Dimond’s score of 1,094, earning Dimond two points.
The Eagle River C Team shooters were Zachary Keith with a 267, Colby Fletcher with a 261, Jacob Schwartz with a 258 and Spencer Singleton with a 255. Together ERHS Team C scored a 1,041 against Dimond’s score of 1,059, earning Dimond two points.
Despite Eagle River A Team’s win, Dimond’s B and C Teams led Dimond to the overall win of the night with Eagle River’s score of 3,250 to Dimond’s 3,275. This earned Dimond the final point given in the rifle match bringing the DHS score to five points earned in conference shooting. earning them the final point of the match. Bringing the score to 2 to 5 giving the win to Dimond.
It was a tough loss, especially at the home range in the school’s cafeteria, but ERHS Head Coach Samantha Tayor said she is proud of her Wolves shooting abilities.
“My goal for these kids is that they have the tools to shoot their personal best at Regions. Every week they are working hard to reach that end goal and it shows,” Taylor said. “This loss will not shake them. It’s just a bump, no worries.”
From the smiles on team member’s face after the match, it would appear the loss isn’t causing any worry. They kept the tradition of having dinner together as a team after the match.
They call it, “Friday Taco Time or FTT.”
It started with a bit of folly as shooters a couple years ago said they were craving tacos after the match.
Now, FTT – its food, playful banter back and forth and “selfies” – is as much a part of the team as daily practice.
“FTT is a Rifle Team tradition we would like to continue and grow,” team members said.