Eagle River High School Wolves shooters lost their Nov. 11 match against the West High School Bald Eagles 0-7
As a whole, the ERHS rifle team had a bad night, but some individual shooters did not.
ERHS junior, Ashtin Bennett shot a 100 in prone, a position where shooters are laying the ground supported. ERHS freshman, Grace Rochon was the top ERHS shooter on Nov. 11 with a score of 284 out of 300. It is a notable accomplishment for a freshman who is also a first-year shooter.
“I feel really happy to know my team is proud of me,” said Rochon. “Every shot I took I kept saying, ‘I have the confidence to make this bull and if I don’t then I just need to pause, chill, and go back into my pre-shot routine.’ “
The Eagle River A Team shooters were Ashtin Bennett with a 282, Haylee Nicholson with a 280, Rochon with a 284 and Ian Soellers with a 282. Together the ERHS Team A scored 1,128 against West’s Team A score of 1,129, earning West two points.
The Eagle River B Team shooters were Maddie Bidinger with a 277, Daniel Foshee with a 280, Haley McGrew with a 270 and Spencer Singleton with a 269. Together the ERHS Team B scored 1,096 against West’s score of 1,104, earning West two points.
The Eagle River C Team shooters were Lauren Flanagan with a 260, Zachary Keith with a 256, Brandon Rose with a 267 and Jacob Schwartz with a 253. Together the ERHS Team C scored 1,036 against West’s score of 1,080, earning West two points.
For the entire match, ERHS scored 3,260 against West’s score of 3,313, which earned West one more point.
ERHS shooters competed the next day at the Jordyn Durr Memorial Match where 600 points were the maximum possible per shooter. A team consisting of Foshee with 563, Nicholson with 578, Rochon with 555 and Soellers with 561 took second place in the memorial match.
Nicholson took second overall in the match, which qualified her to compete in the final – a do or die elimination style one-shot round. The match’s top eight shooters participated. Nicholson took third in the final round with only 0.6 of a bull separating her from the top two finishers.
Yet, Nicholson focused more on the accomplishments of her teammates.
“I’m so proud of Ian, Daniel, and Grace. We all pulled together and out one of our toughest competitors, Dimond in third,” Nicholson said. “We all took second and Eagle River proud. I also came in third in the final, competing against all club shooters, I was the only non-club shooter, so I was already at a disadvantage in the final but I held my ground, and for that, I couldn’t be more happy for myself and my team.”
Nicholson is the ERHS team captain. As a senior, she is a third-year shooter and held the co-captain position as a junior. Aside from improving her own skills, Nicholson is highly involved in helping her teammates improve and helping younger shooters hone their skills. As a senior, she believes it is her role to help push teammates to fight through bad days at the range looking forward to more accurate days of shooting.
Editor’s Note: Haley McGrew is a student at Eagle River High School and an editorial intern with The ECHO News.