Forbush Junior and Senior teams win District Hunter Safety Tournament


Starmount High places third

By Kristian Russell - [email protected]



The Forbush Red Hunter Safety team won first place overall in the district competition.


Kristian Russell | Yadkin Ripple

Forbush has earned more than 10 state and district titles.


Kristian Russell | Yadkin Ripple

The Falcons placed first in shotgun with a score of 970.


Kristian Russell | Yadkin Ripple

Overall, the Falcons senior team scored a 3,786 to take first place.


Kristian Russell | Yadkin Ripple

HARMONY — On Saturday morning into the night hours, more than 70 hunter safety teams from around North Carolina, with 522 participants, travelled to Harmony for the annual district competition. The various teams competed at the Hunting Creek Shooting Preserve in Harmony. The temperatures were chilly, but the teams were on setting the courses on fire with the skills they had perfected.

While many teams made their mark, two teams were able to stand out among the rest. The Forbush Hunter Safety Red team captured another district win with an overall score of 3,786. While the Red team placed first in the senior division, the Forbush Patriots placed first in the junior division with an overall score of 3,620.

Each team competed in four different events — Shotgun, Rifle, Archery, and Hunter Skills. Each event showcased the various skills each team member has. While some members excelled at the Skills competition, others were able to score an almost perfect round in the shotgun competition. With team members who are able to even out across the board, the Falcons Senior and Junior teams ended the day with a trophy.

In Rifle, Forbush Red placed third with a score of 931 in the Senior division and the Patriots placed first with a score of 920. In Archery, the Red team and the Patriots both placed first. Forbush Red scored a 989, while Forbush Patriots scored a 957. Hunter Skills saw the Patriots place second and the Red team place third. In Shotgun, the Red team came out firing as the team placed first with a score of 970. The Patriots placed second with a score of 900.

While Forbush showed its power at the events, the Forbush supporters made it known that they were there to support the team. While many supporters sat back and watched the competition in silence, the Forbush fans supported the team by cheering them on and giving pep talks if necessary. The fan atmosphere mixed with the precise shooting and aiming in the various events, showed that the Falcons are far from being done.

Along with Forbush, Starmount High School also competed in the District tournament. The Rams placed third overall in the Senior division with a score of 3,694. The Starmount Middle Blue team won the Sportsmanship Award. In the Rifle event Starmount placed first with a score of 934. In shotgun, the Senior team placed third with a score of 940, while the Junior team placed first with a score of 920. Elkin Junior Elks placed third in the Junior Division with an overall score of 3,382.

Forbush and Davie will be moving on to the State Tournament for the Senior Division, while Forbush and West Wilkes will be moving on from the Junior Division. Starmount will have to wait until the last District tournament to find out if they have made it to the next round of competition.

The State Tournament is scheduled for April 29 at the Lentz Hunter Education Complex, located at 2030 Gibson Mill Road in Ellerbe.

Full District Results:

Sportsmanship Award

Junior: Starmount Middle Blue

Senior: West Wilkes SR Black

Overall Team – Junior

3rd Place: Elkin JR Elks with a score of 3382

2nd Place: West Wilkes JR Orange with a score of 3478

1st Place: Forbush Patriots with a score of 3620

Overall Team – Senior

3rd Place: Starmount High with a score of 3694

2nd Place: Davie War Eagles with a score of 3766

1st Place: Forbush Red with a score 3786

Junior Rifle Team

3rd Place: West Wilkes JR Orange with a score of 843

2nd Place: Elkin JR Elks with a score of 878

1st Place: Forbush Patriots with a score of 920

Senior Rifle Team

3rd Place: Forbush Red with a score of 931

2nd Place: East Forsyth Eagles with a score of 932

1st Place: Starmount High with a score 934

Junior Archery Team

3rd Place: North Davie Wildcats with a score of 907

2nd Place: Elkin JR Elks with a score of 923

1st Place: Forbush Patriots with a score of 957

Senior Archery Team

3rd Place: Davie War Eagles with a score of 971

2nd Place: East Forsyth Eagles with a score of 985

1st Place: Forbush Red with a score of 989

Junior Hunter Skills Team

3rd Place: South Davie Tigers with a score of 834

2nd Place: Forbush Patriots with a score of 843

1st Place: West Wilkes JR Orange with a score of 868

Senior Hunter Skills Team

3rd Place: Forbush Red with a score of 896

2nd Place: West Forsyth Titan Red with a score of 896 with a tie breaker test

1st Place: Davie High War Eagles with a score of 923

Junior Shotgun Team

3rd Place: West Wilkes JR Orange with score of 880

2nd Place: Forbush Patriots with a score of 900

1st Place: Starmount Middle Blue with a score of 920

Senior Shotgun Team

3rd Place: Starmount High with a score of 940

2nd Place: Davie War Eagles with a score of 950

1st Place: Forbush Red with a score of 970

The Forbush Red Hunter Safety team won first place overall in the district competition.
http://yadkinripple.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/web1_FHS1.jpgThe Forbush Red Hunter Safety team won first place overall in the district competition. Kristian Russell | Yadkin Ripple

Forbush has earned more than 10 state and district titles.
http://yadkinripple.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/web1_FHS4.jpgForbush has earned more than 10 state and district titles. Kristian Russell | Yadkin Ripple

The Falcons placed first in shotgun with a score of 970.
http://yadkinripple.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/web1_FHS2.jpgThe Falcons placed first in shotgun with a score of 970. Kristian Russell | Yadkin Ripple

Overall, the Falcons senior team scored a 3,786 to take first place.
http://yadkinripple.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/web1_FHS3.jpgOverall, the Falcons senior team scored a 3,786 to take first place. Kristian Russell | Yadkin Ripple
Starmount High places third

By Kristian Russell

[email protected]

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