STATE CHAMPS! Shooting Team Claims 2016 State Championship

SAVANNAH, Ga. – The FPD clay target shooting team fired its way to the school’s second state championship of the 2016-17 academic year, winning the GISA General Division State Title at the Forest City Gun Club on Saturday, Dec. 3.

FPD finished with 812 points, taking first place by 28 targets.

The Vikings also placed four shooters in the top-10 general division.

FPD’s best three shooters were Tate Skipper (Fr.), Chet Thompson (Soph.) and Bryce Floyd (Soph.).

Skipper placed first in skeet, sporting clays and racked up a second place spot in trap. The performance was good highest overall finish.

Floyd took second in sporting clays while Thompson was fifth in trap and fifth in sporting clays.

“I’m just really proud of our team for all they have accomplished this season,” FPD head coach John-Mark Smith said. “It’s great to see them all come together to accomplish one goal as a team even though there are many individual accomplishments as well. They all cheer each other on in competition.”

Dallas Ward (8th grade) also picked up first place finishes in the female events, taking the top spot in trap and skeet.

Skiper, Thompson, Floyd and Bryce Daniel (Fr.) received All-State recognition for their efforts in leading FPD to the title.

“We are a young team and to see each team members cheering for one another is really neat,” Smith said. “I’m proud of everyone on our team for contributing to this year’s championship.”

“We are also thankful for all the support everyone showed us over the weekend,” Smith said. “I know our team appreciated it.”

Along with the first place finish at state, the Vikings took first place at two of its regular season events, both at the Ocmulgee River Gun Club in Macon.

For complete results from Saturday’s State Championship, CLICK HERE.

FPD’s other state championship for the 2016-17 academic year came via the varsity softball team in late October.

Check for further coverage of the FPD Shooting Team in the coming weeks and into the off-season.

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Photos from Saturday, Dec. 3