Great Season for Local Shotgun Teams
Wyman King Academy and Richland Creek Top Guns are just two of our local shotgun teams that recently participated in the DNR Youth Open at the new Palmetto NWTF facility in Edgefield SC. Taking home top honors in several divisions capped off a very successful season for both teams.
DNR Youth Open
1st place Ladies Varsity School Division and SCISA State Champions - WKA Ladies team: (Nicki Boone, Jessie Eidson and Samantha Langford) Jessie Eidson also won a $1000.00 scholarship.
1st place - Mens Middle School Division - WKA Mens team (Ethan Powell, Davis Cromer and Garrett Smith)
High Overall Shooter in the Middle School Mens division WKA Ethan Powell
2nd Place - Middle School Ladies team WKA Ladies (Elizabeth Easler)
3rd Place High School Club division - Richland Creek Top Guns (Brianna Gibson, Jade Temples and Madison Sharpe)
Both teams have competed in monthly shoots throughout the season, as well as State Competitions this past Spring. With an average of 450 to 500 shooters in most competitions, ranking in the top 3 teams is an outstanding honor. Reaching a position of HOA (High Over All) within a division speaks volumes of the time and commitment dedicated by both the shooter and coach.
Between the two teams, they have had the following stats this year:
Ladies Varsity had four 1st place finishes to include a State Championship and SCISA State Championship with 3 HOA earned: Samantha Langford earning two HOA and Jessie Edison earning one HOA finish.
Ladies JV had five 1st place finishes to include a State Championship with each of the ladies taking home at least one HOA throughout the season: Briana Gibson earned three HOA, Jade Temples earned one HOA and Elizabeth Easler earned one HOA finish.
Ladies Middle School had one 2nd place finish.
Mens JV had one 3rd place finish.
Mens Middle School had one 1st place finish and one 2nd place finish with one HOA finish earned by Ethan Powell.
WKA Knights are coached by Dan Paxton and Richland Creek Top Guns are coached by David Langford. From the stats above, it is plain to see both coaches have sacrificed much to support our local youth. We appreciate the time, effort and patience that it takes to work with the youth. Both coaches teaching them the not only the fundamentals that it takes to be a success in this sport, but the character, sportsmanship and perseverance that will go with them in whatever future endeavors they may pursue. We would also like to thank our local DNR, NWTF and Friends of the NRA for their support. Without the time, effort and grants that they provide, this sport would not be possible for many of our youth. Finally, we would like to thank our parents and our community for supporting the youth.
SHS Baseball Coach
Saluda High School is proud to announce the hiring of Nathan Horton as the Head Baseball Coach.
Horton has served as an assistant baseball coach at Saluda High School for the past three years. During that time he was in charge of catchers and hitting. He has also served as the Head JV Football coach. Coach Horton is originally from Duncan, SC where he attended Byrnes High School.
He attended and played baseball at Presbyterian College, graduating in the fall of 2011. He stayed at PC during the spring season of 2012 as a volunteer assistant coach where he was in charge of catchers.
Horton teaches Social Studies at Saluda High School. He currently lives in Batesburg with his wife, Carolyne, who is the cheerleading and track coach at Saluda.