HARMONY — Saturday was the 41st year of the North Carolina Wildlife Resource Commission’s District 7 Youth Hunter Skills Tournament. There were 533 participants with 72 teams (13 middle schools and 20 high schools) at the D7 tournament.
The Elkin Junior Elks team, consisting of Clay Sebastian, Noah Stuart, Reece Hagwood, Blain Adams, Caleb Hemric, Marshall Wells and Mattie Wells, dominated the middle school division and took home first place in rifle, shotgun, hunter skills and archery. This made them the overall champions of the event that will be rewarded with an automatic bid to the state tournament in Ellerbe.
Clay Sebastian was the Hunter Skills Champion followed by his teammates Noah Stuart and Reece Hagwood in second and third. Marshall Wells won the rifle, and Noah Stuart was the third place competitor in shotgun. Caleb Hemric “White” was the runner-up in archery.
Reece Hagwood only missed winning the entire individual competition by one point. This was an outstanding performance by this team that would have placed them third if they competed in the high school division.
The Senior Elks Team, consisting of Mary Claire Hooper, Jadon Rasnick, Jaclyn Simmons, Garrett Hemric, James Gentry, Makayla Carter, Carson Pardue and Kenley Wells, finished fifth overall and took home second in rifle and third in archery.
They had an individual champion in shotgun by Carson Pardue, and Mary Claire Hooper finished second in rifle. Kenley Wells finished third in the archery competition. They await an invitation for an at-large bid to the state tournament.