The Eagle River High School Wolves rifle shooters won their Nov. 18 match against the Bartlett High School Golden Bears 7-0.
It was a bittersweet victory for the Wolves as it also marked the last regular season match for the team’s seniors: Haley McGrew, Haylee Nicholson and Brandon Rose, whom as seniors didn’t imagine their final match happening until it was staring right at them in their rifle sights.
“As a senior, this was my last high school match. I’m really proud of my team and how we managed to pull together and take the whole match,” Nicholson said. “This was a great last match for us seniors.”
The Wolves seniors take cherished memories with them as they leave the firing line for the last time. From McGrew’s clumsy antics, Nicholson’s leadership and Rose’s witty comebacks, other team members will miss the seniors but also use their input to the team for future team growth.
The Eagle River A Team shooters were Ashtin Bennett with a 287, Maddie Bidinger with a 281, Daniel Foshee with a 285 and Ian Soellers with a 280. Together the ERHS A Team scored 1,133 against Bartlett’s score of 1,104. It earned ERHS two points.
The Eagle River B Team shooters were Zack Keith with a 269, Haley McGrew with a 276, Haylee Nicholson with a 277 and Grace Rochon with a 273. Together the ERHS B Team scored 1,095 against Bartlett’s score of 1,017. It earned ERHS two points.
The Eagle River C Team shooters were Will Brandl with a 265, Colby Fletcher with a 261 Brandon Rose with a 263 and Spencer Singleton with a 261. Together the ERHS C Team scored 1,050 against Bartlett’s score of 936. It earned ERHS two points.
Eagle River’s total score of 3,278 against Bartlett’s total score of 3,057 earned ERHS one more point.
Individuals also had top performances as well. Freshman Jonah Wegener improved his personal best by shooting a 270 out of 300. It was the third time Wegener shot his personal best during the season. Freshman Riley Walker shot his first 100 in prone in the match. Junior Ashtin Bennett also shot a 100 in prone and took first individual in the match.
“The past season has been so amazing, and ending it on a such a great note was fantastic. Everyone was in high spirits, even Bartlett, and it just felt nice,” Bennett said. “No pressure, no stress, it’s the last match of the season so we might as well make the most of it! I’m so proud of my team and how far we’ve come.”
Editor’s Note: Haley McGrew is a student at Eagle River High School and a member of the rifle shooting team. She is an editorial intern with The ECHO News.