Ridgeland Panthers

The Ridgeland rifle team lifted the curtain on the 2021 season with their first-ever home match and dominated with a victory over Gordon Central, 1,072-717.

Jasmayn Walcott led the way with a score of 274 (out of 300), including a 99 (out of 100) in the prone shooting position. Mckenzie Hunter had a team-high 86 in the standing position, while Walcott, Athen Blair and Kayla Brewer all shot 91 in the kneeling position.

Ridgeland will welcome in county rival LaFayette for two matches next Thursday, starting at 4:30 p.m.

The RHS rifle team has also announced that they will be holding a veterans' competition on Friday, Jan. 15 at 6 p.m. at the new MSGT Carl Gentry range at the school.

It will be open to veterans only with a $20 entry fee and limited to just 20 entries. Competitors will get 20 shots, all in the standing position. Shooters will be given 10 minutes to sight and 25 minutes to complete all 20 shots.

Air rifles and pellets will be provided and RHS rifle team members will be on hand to assist.

The winner will receiver a Winchester Wildcat .22-caliber semi-automatic rifle, which must be picked up at Sportsman's Warehouse (Lee Highway) in Chattanooga. Background and transfer fees, if any, are not included with the prize.

Second through sixth place will all receive Browning folding knives.

For more information, contact Gentry at (423) 991-4268.

Scott Herpst is sports editor for the Walker County Messenger in LaFayette, Ga., and Catoosa County News in Ringgold, Ga.

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