For The Union Democrat

The California Youth Shooting Sports Association kicked off its 2018 season Saturday in Newman, CA.

The cold day saw shooters from Tuolumne County join the nearly 150 competitors for the event.

In the Rookie division, Mother Lode Gun Club Nugget Joseph Long took second place after breaking 72 out of 100 targets.

It was the 10 year old’s first ever time competing in trapshooting.

The Intermediate Entry Level division saw Nuggets Dylan Kappl and Peyton Wearin take second and third place, shooting a 90 and an 86, respectively.

One more Nugget saw the podium in the Intermediate Advanced division, with Nick Walker finishing in second with a score of 94.

Teammate Carson Cooper was right behind him in fourth with a 92.

Sonora High’s Trace Strickland took second place for Junior Varsity, finishing with 96 targets hit for the day, including 50 straight without missing.

In the Varsity division, Sonora High’s Taylor Anderson took first place while shooting a perfect 100 out of 100.

The high shooter for Summerville was Brennan Dibble with a 95.