2018-06-14 / Sports

USA freshman qualifies for clay target nationals

By Mike Wilson
Sports Reporter • mwilson@mihomepaper.com


SEBEWAING - Haleigh Holdwick proudly displays her Model 12 Winchester trap gun that she used to qualify for the state and national championships. 
Photo by Mike Wilson SEBEWAING - Haleigh Holdwick proudly displays her Model 12 Winchester trap gun that she used to qualify for the state and national championships. Photo by Mike Wilson SEBEWAING - Haleigh Holdwick may have just finished her freshman year at Unionville-Sebewaing Area High School (USA), but she will have to put her summer vacation plans on hold.

Holdwick will continue to represent her school’s clay target shooting team at the Michigan state championships this weekend and then at the nationals July 13. Both competitions will be conducted at Mason High School near Lansing.

Holdwick finished the regular season as the No. 5 top female shooter in the state. Holdwick had only shot targets a few times before deciding to join the team for its debut season.

Even so, she liked the idea of competing on the trap range.

“I love the competition,” the freshman said, “I just want to beat everyone.”

Holdwick comes by her talent and her drive naturally. Her entire family enjoys shooting and her grandfather and dad both are target shooting enthusiasts.

Holdwick’s season got off to a shaky start and she was only able to hit around 10 targets in each round. In clay target competition, each shooter shoots two rounds of 25 targets in each round and scores one point for each target hit. A hit is counted any time a shooter hits any part or all of the flying target.

At the advice of her coach, USA Head Coach John Singer, Holdwick switched guns and picked up a model 12 Winchester trap gun. From that point on, she began to hit targets with accuracy and raised her average to 20.5 hit targets per round. Holdwick is especially proud of her ‘25 patch,’ which adorns her shooting vest. A shooter earns a 25 patch when they hit 25 out of 25 targets in a round of competition.

Holdwick will lead her USA team into Mason for the state competition, as she is the top shooter on her team.

On the season, the inaugural USA team finished in seventh place, but, with young shooters like Holdwick, their future looks much brighter.

Holdwick has also laid claim to being the best shooter in her family and regularly defeats her father, Aaron, and her mother, Season, when they shoot as a family at a range.

Holdwick also plans to be part of USA’s volleyball and basketball teams during her sophomore year.

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