Local shooters compete at U.S. Junior Olympic Pistol Championship


The Newberry Junior Pistol Club had three shooters competing at the Junior Olympic Pistol Championship held April 24 through April 29 in Colorado. Head coach Ben Blanton, left, is shown with Taylor Martin, Carrie Haltiwanger, Brianna Kinard and coach Shawn Martin.

The Newberry County Junior Pistol team received a $1,000 check from Mid-State Dove and Quail to help make the trip possible.

NEWBERRY — More than 130 youth from all over the United States gathered in Colorado Springs, Colo., for the 2015 U.S. Junior Olympic Pistol Championship held April 24 through April 29.

The Newberry Junior Pistol Club had three shooters competing. They had a great showing in both air and 22 sport pistol. Carrie Haltiwanger and Taylor Martin started with the 22 sport pistol competition and shot their personal best scores. This was quite an accomplishment for Haltiwanger since she had repeated malfunctions with her pistol. Haltiwanger finished 11th and Martin took 12th in the J2 category.

They were joined by Brianna Kinard to compete in air pistol. The girls delivered impressive performances with Kinard finishing 34th overall and 13th in the J1 category. Haltiwanger finished 18th and Martin finished 23rd in the J2 category.

The girls were accompanied by their coaches, Ben Blanton and Shawn Martin.

Any youth that is interested in participating with the Newberry Junior Pistol Club can contact any member or contact through Facebook.

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