The Princeton Middle School Hunter Safety team has built a reputation of being a strong youth program as the Bulldogs have qualified for the state competition event the last several years, but Princeton outdid itself this year with its best-ever showing, finishing in seventh out of 26 teams
The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission hosted the 41st annual Youth Hunter Education Skills Tournament state championship on April 28 at the John F. Lentz Hunter Education Complex in Ellerbe.
Competing in the Junior Division, Princeton placed second in the hunter skills portion, third in the trap/shotgun event and individually, Caleb Gardner won the state championship in archery, totaling 199 of a possible 200 points thanks to five bulls-eyes.
“They did a great job,” Princeton coach Adam Peedin said. “They’ve been good and they’ve been good for a long time; the middle school team has gone to the state competition several years in a row.
“This year we finally made a showing.”
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