By TAYLOR LUCKIE
For The Union Democrat
The Mother Lode Gun Club Nuggets, Sonora High Trap Club and Summerville Sporting Club competed Saturday at the Livermore Rod & Gun Club and battled wind gusts up to 20 mph that could cause the best shooters to struggle.
In the Intermediate Advanced division, Nugget Dylan Hicks found himself in his third straight shoot-off in as many events. Hicks tied with Cal Harris, of Livermore, and Dmitri Radoycis, of Coon Creek, for second place, all shooting 95 out of 100. Both Hicks and Radoycis shot 25s in the first round, and Hicks pulled out the win shooting another 25 to secure sole possession of second.
Hicks’ last two rounds of regular shooting, combined with his 50 straight in the shoot-off, ended his day with 100-straight targets broken.
Fellow Mother Lode shooter Taylor Anderson was almost in the shoot-off as well. She shot a personal best 94 to just miss the cut.
In the Junior Varsity division, Summerville and Sonora both had shooters finish in the top 15. Will Allenbough, of Summerville, and Eric Warner, of Sonora, both shot 90s on the day.
Sonora’s perennial contender Zane Hedgpeth scored his first top finish of the year when he won a two-round shoot-off against Josh Anderson, of Stockton, and David Sanborn, of Sutter High, after all three tied for first with scores of 99. Anderson and Hedgpeth shot 24’s in the first round, while Sanborn was eliminated with a 23. Hedgpeth was perfect in the second frame to Anderson’s 24, securing first place for the Sonora shooter.
In the Rookie division, David Cazares, of Mother Lode Gun Club, finished with a personal best score of 65 out of 100, placing him in the top five of the division. Teammate Darius O’Neal was not far behind with a 61.
No one from the area placed in the Intermediate Entry Level division, but a number of Nugget shooters finished the day with new personal bests. Nathaniel Nye scored an 83, while Michael Temple and Jayden Wynn both shot 79’s to set new benchmarks.
Tyler Corum, Colton Castro and Jadon Minty also improved their best scores, shooting 75, 74 and 73, respectively.
Mother Lode, Sonora and Summerville High will host incoming teams on May 4 when the California Youth Shooting Sports Association comes to the Mother Lode Gun Club.