Laci Jewell sets individual record as Ware County captures its third straight riflery title on Saturday in Columbus

The 2019 GHSA Riflery State Championships took place at the Pool International Shooting Complex at Fort Benning in Columbus on Saturday where Ware County won its third-consecutive team riflery title with a team score of 1162-68, edging East Coweta by one point. The victory marked the fourth title for Ware – 1997, 2017, 2018 and this year. 

Leading the Gators was its star shooter Laci Jewell who set a new individual state record with a near perfect 298 of a possible 300 points. Jewell shot a perfect 100 in the prone position while adding a 99 in standing and a 99 in kneeling in her record-setting run. 

Ben Smith helped Ware with a 291, Tyler Hanson shot a 288, Howard Cole had a 285-point performance and Bryce Young finished with a 284. East Coweta finished second to the Gators with an 1161-62 score led by Kristen Kanaskie’s 293 and Evelyn Reid’s 292. The Indians were in the hunt for their second riflery title after winning in 2000 and 2016. East Coweta’s effort in 2016 stood as a state record before Ware County claimed the record with last year’s 1169-point performance. 

Upson-Lee finished third with an team total of 1147 led by Ana Maldanado’s 291 points. Grave Geldbach scored 290 points, Savannah Muse added 286 points, Eli Poddard finished with 280 points and Jackson Roddenbery had 274 points.

See the top-10 team results below. 

GHSA State Rifle Championships Final Results

  1. Ware County -- 1162
    Laci Jewell - 298 (State Record)
    Ben Smith – 291
    Tyler Hanson – 288
    Howard Cole – 285
    Bryce Young -- 284
  2. East Coweta – 1161
    Evelyn Reid – 292
    Kristen Kanaskie – 293
    Kinsley Hannon – 288
    Taylor Thom – 288
    Bo Saavedra -- 286
  3. Upson-Lee – 1147
    Ana Maldonado – 291
    Grave Geldbach – 290
    Savannah Muse – 286
    Eli Poddard – 280
    Jackson Roddenbery -- 274
  4. Woodward Academy – 1146
    Sydney Hallas – 291
    Jacob Workman – 288
    Manaphy Wang – 290
    Alex Threlkeld – 277
    Jamison Connors -- 255
  5. Carrollton 
    Morgan Frank – 287
    Taylor Berry – 286
    Collin Grubbs – 285
    Ben Bradley – 285
    Thomas Harris – 281
  6. North Gwinnett – 1143
    Matthew Herrington – 298
    Caitlyn Miller – 288
    Corina Fluker – 283
    Andreea Contis – 283
    Shasta Robinson -- 280
  7. Georgia Military
    Colin Haskins – 289
    Stella Glover – 287
    Luke Rutherford – 282
    Caterina Knapp – 279
    Johnathan Phillips -- 270
  8. Social Circle – 1132
    Megan Townsend – 291
    Ashley Clegg – 288
    Ethan Baliles – 277
    Jackson Davis – 276
    Cole Thacker -- 276
  9. Northside-Columbus 
    Kaya Smith – 283
    Brandon Nicolay – 284
    Elijah Hawkins – 286
    Matthew Smith – 279
    Mendez Samuel -- 274
  10. Cherokee – 1132
    David Snyder – 291
    Connor Walsh – 289
    Ayden Steen – 278
    Lexie Harn – 273
    Nathan Kelley -- 272

*Top four scores in team final score

Individual Results 

  1. Laci Jewell, Ware County, 401
    2. Anusha Pakkam, Roswell, 393.6
    3. Moran Adams, Buford, 393.3

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