Schools target state air riflery finals

Henry County High, Luella High to compete

Two high school air riflery teams from Henry County are headed to the Georgia High School Association’s State Riflery Championship next week.

Henry County High School won outright its ticket to the state championship, on Saturday, April 14, at Fort Benning in Columbus. The team will compete head-to-head against about a dozen other top high school riflery teams in the state.

“I am impressed with our team performance during the playoff matches,” said Capt. Steve Seal, Henry County High’s air riflery coach and naval science instructor. “I am very proud of all five of our team members. Regardless of how the match comes out on the 14th, these are some fine student-athletes.”

Luella High School will join Henry County High in the state finals, advancing with the second-highest losing score among semifinal competitors, according to GHSA Riflery Coordinator Larry Pendergrass. The team scored 1128 in losing to Brunswick High School by seven.

Henry County, led by top shooters Selena Powell and Michaela Wall, defeated last year’s state championship team, Griffin High School of Griffin, 1153-1140, to claim a spot in the upcoming state finals.

Griffin, like Luella, has been invited to take part in the state tournament. The competition is expected to be fierce.

Henry County High also defeated Griffin last month to capture the GHSA Area 5 Championship title. And Luella High won the 2010 GHSA State Riflery Championship.

But as this year’s state championship approaches, the team at Henry County High is looking forward to its chance to hang a state championship banner.