By TAYLOR LUCKIE
For The Union Democrat
STOCKTON—The 2011 California Youth Shooting Sports Association held its inaugural state championship shoot over weekend at the Stockton Gun and Bocce Club.
The Summerville Sporting Club, Sonora High Trap Club, Mother Lode Gun Club Nuggets, the Angels Gun Club and the Calaveras High Trap Club were joined by nine other high school teams to compete in the 2-day event.
The scholastic participants included Del Oro, Woodcreek, Truckee, Granite Bay, De La Salle, Lincoln, Oakmont, Quincy and Roseville high schools.
The amount of schools that are participating is a testament as to how fast trapshooting is growing.
Many of the shooters from the Mother Lode teams had good scores.
“It felt really good, especially since I have been struggling a little bit lately,” said Summerville senior and junior varsity shooter Kailen Hill who finished with a 144 score out of 200. “It was great to see all of us come out here and do really well today.”
Fellow Summerville athletes and brothers Matt and Robby Roberts finished with scores of 174 and 173, respectively.
In his first year of trapshooting, Mother Lode Gun Club Nugget Jacob Walker also used the state championship as an opportunity to shoot his best.
“I’m glad with how well I shot. It was better than I used to shoot,” said Walker.
Walker has improved immensely in the four months he has been shooting trap competitively, and appears to be a future star for the Sonora High Trap Club. He shot a 178 while Nugget shoters Dylan Bottemiller shot a 175 and Colton Smith a 173.
The high point of the day for the Nuggets was the second place trophy the rookie team won, shooting a score of 739 out of 1000.
Squad leader Ian Crauthers also took first in the rookie division with a 169.
As for Sonora, their club saw perennial top-three finisher Zane Hedgpeth have another great weekend at the trap range.
“I did really well, but the next level is just out of my reach” said the junior varsity shooter.
Hedgpeth finished the weekend with a score of 192. Also for Sonora, Scott Green shot a 185 and Cody Weeks finished with a 178.
The top three scorers for the Calaveras trap club were Austin Greenough with a 186, Carl Huston with a 183 and Ben Aguilar with a 180.
For the Angels Gun Club, Camden Irish shot a 191, Kris Pohlman a 181, and Wyatt Walraven a 180.