2018-07-12 / Sports

Clay target state champion eyes national title

By Mike Wilson
Sports Reporter • mwilson@mihomepaper.com


UNIONVILLE - Hunter Hines the Michigan’s High School Clay Target Shooting Novice Champion from USA High School aims at a national championship this weekend in Mason. 
Photo By Mike Wilson UNIONVILLE - Hunter Hines the Michigan’s High School Clay Target Shooting Novice Champion from USA High School aims at a national championship this weekend in Mason. Photo By Mike Wilson UNIONVILLE - As a freshman, Hunter Hines set the bar pretty high for the rest of his high school career when he became the Michigan State Clay Target Shooting League Novice Champion.

Now he takes aim at a national championship as part of the Unionville- Sebewaing Area High School team that that includes Haleigh Holdwick, Nick Ewald, Evan Volz and Avery Kuhl. They will travel to Mason this weekend, where the championships are being held.

Hines’ high school shooting career got off to a bad start when he was only able to hit 4 of 50 targets in his first competition. His gun was set up wrong and actually caused a blister to form on his face, but Hines, who shoots with his dad’s Remington 870, persevered and finished his season by hitting 90 out of 100 targets to claim the novice title.

“He started the season really struggling,” said John Singer, the USA Clay Target Team head coach. “Through his own grit and determination, he advanced his skills to the point that he is essentially a varsity level shooter. He is truly the kind of athlete that every coach hopes to work with someday.”

The 15-year-old Hines had only limited shooting experience when he decided to join the USA team this past spring, having done some duck and goose hunting.

He admits that he joined the team to make friends and have fun.

“We are very excited,” a smiling Eric Hines said of his son. “His mother (Carrie Hines) and I are very proud of him.”

The entire family will be there to cheer Hines on when he takes aim in the team championships this Friday.

“We will go down on Thursday and stay at a hotel,” said the elder Hines, “we look forward to hanging out with the other parents and families.”

Hines admits he is a bit nervous heading into the weekend, but he’s been shooting at Gateway Sportsman Club in Unionville every Sunday and Tuesday. He wants to repeat his 90 out of a 100 score and maybe even improve upon it when he steps up for his turn at the national championships.

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