Clubs compete in shooting tournament

Mar 25, 2013
Photo by: Donated photo Pisgah Sportsman’s Club Bottom Row:  Coach Randy Ledford, Kaitlin Frazier, Logan Carlson, Jesse Henson, Coach Mike Frazier, Andrew Franklin, Joshua JimisonTop Row:  Cheston Palmer, Morgan Bailey, Levi Hendricks, Trent Ledford, Garrett Crowder, Joseph Rathbone, Jacob Boyd, Colby Franklin, Bryce Burgess Not Pictured:  Ben Sampson

On Saturday, March 16th, the Sportsman Clubs from Pisgah High School and Canton Middle School traveled to the Polk County Gun Club to compete in the western district Hunter Education Shooting Tournament. The tournament is sponsored by the North Carolina Wildlife Commission. The competition consists of a display of skills in the areas of Rifle Shooting, Archery, Shotgun (Trap) Shooting, and Hunter Skills/Orienteering.

The Pisgah High School Team finished in 4th Place overall out of 14 teams that were competing. The Rifle Team finished 3rd overall and Joshua Jimison proved to be the “Top Shot” by placing 1st Overall in the Individual Rifle Competition. The team also qualified to be entered into a pool of “wild card” teams that may be selected to go on to the State Championships.

The Canton Middle School team team placed 1st overall in the District Championship. The team also took top honors in the Archery, Rifle, and Hunter Skills/Orienteering competitions. Dalton King proved his skills by placing 1st place in the Individual Archery competition. Chance Best showed his tracking and identification expertise by placing 1st in the Hunter Skills/Orienteering Individual event. Brady Conner finished close on Chance’s heels by finishing 2nd in the competition. By finishing in 1st Place overall, the Canton Sportsman Club will be going to the State Championships in Ellerbe, NC on April 27th.

The team would like to thank Tim Farmer for his countless hours of working with the archery and shooting team members, Kevin Norris, who worked with the Middle School team, and Randy Ledford, who coached both shotgun teams. The Pisgah High School Team would also like to thank Mike Frazier for helped to oversee the entire Pisgah program this year.

The Friends of the NRA provided a grant to help fund the teams for the entire year. If you are interested in helping with Youth Shooting Sports in Haywood County, the Blue Ridge Friends of the NRA will hold their Annual Banquet on Saturday, April 13th at the Stomping Grounds in Maggie Valley. Tickets to the event can be purchased on-line at or by contacting the Field Representative, Doug Merrill at 828-628-0410 or e-mail him at