Riflery: Defending champs overcome Parkview

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Parkview gave 2012 riflery state champion Lumpkin County a stern test at the Area 6 championship last week. The Panthers’ 1131 points put them in second place behind Lumpkin County, which compiled a team score of 1152. North Forsyth, Gainesville, Riverside Military Academy and Buford rounded out the six squads who had previously qualified for the area shoot-off.

Lumpkin County boasts the area’s top three state qualifiers in Heather Johnson, Morgan Tritt and Dakota Spivey. Buford’s Kim Gilmer has also booked her spot in the state meet.

Woodward Academy, which captured three consecutive riflery state championships from 2002 to 2004, shot its way to a fifth-place performance at the Area 5 championship earlier this month. East Coweta, which is looking like a serious contender to capture its first state title since 2000, took home top honors in Area 5 ahead Luella, Stockbridge and Union Grove.