JDA Shotgun Raiders claim championship
Three members of the Jefferson Davis Academy Shotgun Raiders won two top awards on March 4.
Anna Beth Morgan, Bethany Stokes and Caroline Robinson were the Ladies Sporting Clay Champions at the 2017 S.C. Independent School Association State Sporting Clays Championships with a combined score of 184. The trio also won second place at the 3rd Annual S.C. Department of Natural Resources Youth Sporting Clay Open in the ladies senior varsity division.
“I’m real proud of them,” said assistant coach Julie Robinson, who is also Caroline’s mother. The head coach is Brad All.
Both events were held at the Palmetto Shooting Complex on the campus of the National Wild Turkey Federation in Edgefield. The three girls along with fellow JDA students Dillon Sandifer, Duston Sandifer, Bryce Gantt, Blake Pritchard and Clay Davis were among more than 600 participants at the March 4 competition. More than 2,000 people came to watch the competition, said Robinson.
While the JDA Shotgun Raiders have placed in other competitions, “this was the big one,” said Robinson.
Stokes, Morgan and Robinson have been selected to compete in the Inaugural Southeastern Youth Clay Combine on Saturday, May 6 in Edgefield. The JDA ladies team along with 19 other teams from South Carolina will compete against other school teams from Georgia and Mississippi who are sponsored by their state wildlife departments.
“South Carolina has been invited to send 20 squads to this inaugural event,” said Robinson.
Morgan and Stokes are both juniors at JDA while Robinson is an eighth grader. While Robinson and Stokes have competed all three years, this is Morgan’s first year shooting.
This is the third season for the JDA Shotgun Raiders. As the sport grows across the state, Robinson said their squads at JDA continue to grow and get better every year. She said a grant this school year from the National Rifle Association helped them get this far.
In addition to competitions through SCDNR, the JDA Shotgun Raiders also compete through the S.C. Youth Shooting Foundation and S.C. 4-H.