The Clay Target team had an excellent 2016 campaign, finishing 2nd in the 2016 Clay Target State Championship.
Woodward was led by sophomore Turner Kurzweg (3rd), senior Carter Haydon (7th), and sophomore Finn Gosch (9th) in the High Overall competition to make up Woodward’s overall score at the State Championship. In addition to those three, junior August Stowers finished 10th in the HOA competition.
Individually, Kurzweg finished 3rd in Trap and 4th in Sporting Clays, Gosch and Haydon finished 3rd and 4th respectively in Skeet, and Stowers finished 4th in the Trap competition.
On the ladies side, senior Hannah Chastain finished 3rd and junior Cate Droogmans finished 5th in the ladies' High Overall competition.
Individually, there were many standouts among the Woodward ladies. Droogmans finished with a 5th place in Trap, senior Meredith von Kleydorff finished 2nd in Trap and 4th in Skeet, Chastain was 3rd in both Sporting Clays and Trap, and sophomore Izzy Baldwin took 3rd in Skeet and 4th in Sporting Clays.
With so many sophomores and juniors among the standouts on this year’s Clay Target team, the future for the team certainly appears to be bright.
2016 - 2017 Woodward Academy Clay Target Team
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Luke Underwood, Head Coach
In just three short years since the program began, Coach Underwood has led the clay target team to win the 2014 GISA clay target state championship, and state runner-up in 2015. In addition to clay target, he has served as assistant coach for wrestling and football at Woodward Academy. Coach Underwood played Division 2 football as a defensive tackle at Fairmont State College in Fairmont, W.V., and was a Division 2 wrestler at West Liberty State College in West Liberty, W.V.
Tony Morris – Assistant Coach
David Widener – Assistant Coach
Joel Wade – Assistant Coach