Cartersville rifle team falls to East Coweta in the state semifinal round
After placing 2nd in the Area 10 Championship match two weeks ago and winning their first-ever home post-season match on their new home range versus Paulding County last week, the Canes Rifles' post-season success came to an end with an 1159-1115 loss to East Coweta High School in the state semi-final round.
The Canes finished the prone round just one point behind Coweta with 3 of the Canes shooters scoring perfect scores in the prone - Team Captain, senior, Angelina Christ; sophomore, Caleb Adams, and freshman, Lucy Evans all shot 100s, along with Teddy Serrano and Wyatt Hicks from East Coweta.
East Coweta pulled away from Cartersville during the standing position outscoring the Canes by 36 points and added to their points total in the kneeling position, outshooting the Canes by 9 points.
Canes freshman Lucy Adams fired the match's top score of 291 with 19 inner 10s, followed by East Coweta's Teddy Serrano, who also shot a 291 but with 15 inner 10s. Lucy kept the crowd on the edges of their seats through her very last shot. Needing just one more inner 10 in the kneeling position to score a 292 and individually qualifying for the state championship match on April 1st, she fired a 9.5 on her very last shot, falling just one point short of the 292 score for the second time this season.
Canes' sophomore Caleb Adams shot 278; Angelina Christ fired 276; and sophomore, Luis Rangel, and freshman Harper Cole Eubanks also contributed with scores of 270 and 266 respectively.
Teddy Serrano led East Coweta High School's scoring with a 291, followed by Wyatt Hicks' 290, along with Destiny Nazario and Aubrey Hancock - both shooting 289. Leonardo Garciappola fired a 281. East Coweta competes at the Ga State Championship match on April 1st.
Coach Jeff Dickerson said he is extremely proud of this young team - "the best rifle team we've had." "It's been a great year but a bitter-sweet one as well. We scored our highest team scores ever, and every member of the team scored personal best scores throughout the season. All but one will return to the team next year - Team Captain, Angelina Christ, graduates in May. She is an original founding member of the team when it started in her sophomore year and has served as Team Captain for the last two years. Her awesome talent and exceptional leadership will be missed."