Target Shooting is Taking off as a Prep Sport

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MACON- The Windsor Knights are stepping outside the typical sports, like football, basketball and baseball, and competing in an uncommon high school sport:  shooting.

"Once the GISA pitched the idea that they were going to try to do it, we jumped right on and tried to participate," said coach Jeff Marshall.

Windsor has 11 shooters, ranging in age from 6th grade to 12th grade.  At competitions, they compete individually and as a team.  For some of the Knights, it was their first exposure to the sport.

"The first time I shot I got scared because of the kick," said 10th grader Nicholas Marshall.  "After a while shooting it doesn't faze you."

"Several of the shooters, this is their first time shooting," explained Jeff Marshall.  "It's an experience for them when they go through the first time and don't hit any targets, but eventually they start hitting targets."

On August 24, Windsor and Stratford will partner to host the first tournament of the season at the Ocmulgee Gun Club.

"Normally, you shoot two rounds of skeet, which is 50 targets, two rounds of trap which is 50 also and a round of sporting clays which is 100," said Coach Marshall.

While their goal is to hit the clays, they also want to stay safe.  The shooters had no problem recalling the safety rules.

"Never point a gun at someone," said Andrew Weiche, a 7th grader.  "Never look down the barrel when the gun is loaded."

The coaches also make sure their athletes don't load their weapons until they are standing on the platform.

Throughout the year, the Knights will travel to cities like Savannah and Albany for tournaments.








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