Franklin-Waverly takes second place in a national shooting competition

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Two West Central Illinois high schools finished in the top two in tag team competition at the High School Clay Target League National Championships.

Calhoun High School in Hardin won the first place trophy and Franklin-Waverly High School took second place honors at the event held July 8-10 in Mason, Michigan. Calhoun’s shooters hit 977 out of 1,000 targets, while Franklin-Waverly’s competitors hit 973.

Madelyn Coats, a student at Routt Catholic High School in Carrollton, finished tenth in the women’s individual competition and 120th overall. She competed for Franklin-Waverly High School.


Kyle Coats, competing for Carrollton High School, finished 15th in the men’s all-around and 16th overall.

Auburn’s Hank Rhodes, shooting for Franklin-Waverly, finished 32nd in the men’s individual competition and 33rd overall. Auburn’s Ben Warwick, competing for Franklin-Waverly, finished 35th in the men’s individual competition and 37th overall.

Local competitors qualified for national competition based on their performances at the Illinois State High School Clay Target League State Tournament at Bunker Hill in June.

Some 230 teams from 175 high school teams took part in the national team championships. The qualifying round took place on July 8. Only the top 80 teams qualified to advance to the championship round.

On July 9, 1,800 high school athletes competed in the individual national championship qualifying rounds. Of these, only 400 reached Sunday’s final.

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