May 15, 2013 Edition

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LawCo. natives coaching
at 2013 Warrior Games

Lawrence County natives John Schwent (left) and Lance Weir show the Chairman's Cup won by the Marine Corps at the 2011 Warrior Games. Both are serving as coachs for the Marines in the 2013 games, which are underway in Colorado.
Gretchen Hunt

Lawrence County is well represented at the 2013 Warrior Games, which began on Saturday and will continue through Thursday in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Lance Weir, a 1990 graduate of Walnut Ridge High School, and John Schwent, a 1985 graduate of Sloan-Hendrix High School in Imboden, are coaching the Marine Corps shooting team.

Weir said there are only 300 athletes chosen to compete in these games.

"These 300 were chosen from thousands and I can assure you after competing in the last two and coaching this one there is no other county in the country that has two representatives, much less two coaches," he said. "It makes me so proud of my home!"

Weir and Schwent have reason to be proud of their team, as well.

During the shooting competition on Monday, the Marines garnered 13 medals, while Army earned eight, Navy claimed two and Air Force captured one.

The boost tied the Marines with Army in the overall medal standings at 17 each.

"This is the fourth year for the Warrior Games, and each year it has grown in popularity," Weir said. "The Marine Corps has won the Chairman's Cup all three years of its existence and are vying for the fourth now."

This is Weir's first time as a coach at the games and sharing information about the purpose of the games is very important to him.

"I want to spread the word of the Warrior Games and also the Marine Corps' loyalty and diligence to its wounded, ill and injured," he said.

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