Lyon leads local shooters at CIC riflery championships
Eagle River High senior Brenden Lyon led all local marksmen by finishing eighth overall with an aggregate score of 378.6 at the Cook Inlet Conference riflery championships Saturday, Dec. 1 at West High.
The Wolves finished third for the third straight year behind West in second and Dimond in first. Chugiak placed fourth.
Lyon fired a 284 in the qualifying round to earn a spot in the individual final with the other top-10 shooters. Dimond’s Reniel Aljibe fired a 386.8 aggregate score to finish as the conference’s top shooter.
Lyon said he felt a lot of pressure during his final 10 shots of his high school career.
“The final was a lot more nerve-racking,” he said.
Lyon said he was happy to reach his goal of making the top 10.
With the way Lyon’s been performing as of late, Wolves head coach Jeff Parker wasn’t surprised to see him reach the final.
“He’s blossomed into a fine shooter,” Parker said.
A four-year shooter, Lyon said he’ll miss being a member of the ERHS riflery team.
“It’s gonna be weird not having to go to practice,” he said. “It was a lot of fun.”
Cat Papasodora shot a 278 and Jake Nall and Tristian Henderson each fired 275 for Eagle River’s A team.
Jarrett Oney (275), Ben Hancox (272), Emily Timmins (268) and Dylan Denter (257) led the Wolves’ C team to a second-place finish Friday.
Delaney Hawkins led Chugiak’s A team with a 281. Garrett Johnson fired a 278, Dyson Hislop shot a 275 and Cole Criswell fired a 273 for the Mustangs.
With a collective grade-point average of 3.54, Eagle River won the academic award.
“Our shooters are really academically inclined,” said Parker, who tells his team to put school and family ahead of riflery.
Lyon and Timothy McDowell Jr. are the only seniors Eagle River is losing, Parker said, which bodes well for the Wolves next year.
“We will be competitive,” he said.
This year’s team was a great group to coach, Parker said.
“They’re very coherent,” he said. “They’re a bunch of fun kids to be with.”
Chugiak is losing five seniors — Sullivan Gilley, Nick Bozzo, Criswell, Hislop, and Carvell Chaperon.
The Mustangs will also be without longtime head coach William “Top” Dill. Saturday marked Dill’s final match after running the program intermittently for nearly two decades.
Dill said he was thrilled to have taught riflery to so many students over the years.
“It’s a great experience for young kids,” he said. “It develops so many different character traits — self-esteem, self-confidence.
“It’s not all about shooting.”