Wicksburg High skeet team shooting for a national title; raising money to travel to competition

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WICKSBURG, Ala. (WDHN) — The Wicksburg High School skeet team is preparing to compete in the 4H Shotgun Nationals for the first time in school history.

“I’m very excited because this is a once in a lifetime opportunity,” graduated senior Trevor Woodham said. “I’ve been preparing for this ever since I started skeet shooting.”

Later this month the Panthers will compete against 37 other schools in skeet, trap and clay bird shooting.

The four best shooters from Wicksburg qualified for the competition and will represent the entire state of Alabama.

“Giving younger people something to look up to,” junior Hagen Seymour said. “Telling all the people that have worked with us to make us better shooters that their time’s been worth it.”

The team is confident it can place in the top three; players say they know their keys to success.

“We’ve got to stay disciplined, stay focused and practice a lot,” senior Dawson Williams said.

Sophomore Mack Hollis told WDHN the mental aspect of the sport is the biggest challenge.

“It’s not just missing a bird,” Hollis said. “It’s missing a bird that you think you should’ve hit. When you miss an easy shot or something like that it gets in your head and your start thinking about it too much hoping you don’t miss then you just start missing more.”

Focus aside, Coach Joanna Woodham believes the team’s chemistry is what’s going to put them at the top.

“The chemistry among these four boys, them shooting together, they know when to concentrate they know when they can play around horse around because they are good friends,” Woodham said. “But to have that chemistry helping each other out if one of them misses another one of them says, ‘Hey you were behind that one,’ or ‘Hey you were in front of that one.’ They have the ability, the skill level, to help each other out while they’re out there shooting and that really really helps the team.”

Seniors Williams and Woodham will compete on their shooting teams in college. The Panthers head to Grand Island, Nebraska for the competition June 20-26.

In addition, the team is raising money for their trip and they’re still about $4,000 short. If you’d like to donate, email woodham.joanna@hcboe.us.

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