The Gatewood shotgun team has won its third consecutive state championship. The Gators defeated 24 other GISA and GHS teams and a total of 300 shooters from all over Georgia at the Dec. 2 and 3 state meet at Forest City Gun Club in Savannah.
The season began in August and included at least two practices a week and eight regular season meets at different locations in Georgia. The 15-member varsity team, spent countless hours and fired an estimated 60,000 rounds of ammunition, while preparing for the showdown in Savannah. The team includes Taylor Hyatt, Ansley Wallace, Will Dutton, Aaron Copelan, Nash Sinclair, Graham Eubanks, Jackson Embry, Reese Waddell, Hank Hall, Baylor Garland, Weston Wallace, Walker Whiddon, Marshall Johnston, Jack Stickley and Kate Embry.
Head Coaches Danny and Clara Copelan noted how young the team actually is.