For The Union Democrat

The California Youth Shooting Sports Association held the first of two consecutive events at the Sacramento Valley Shooting Center on Saturday. Windy conditions and high temperatures hindered the shooters throughout the day.

In the rookie division, Mother Lode Gun Club Nugget Joseph Long took first place while hitting 68 targets out of 100. It was Long’s fourth straight placement in the top five. Teammates Jace Jones and Brock Matlock were right behind him in second and third place, shooting 63 and 56, respectively.

Two more Nuggets took first and second in the intermediate entry level division. Joshua Reese shot and 84, while Dylan Kappl hit 83. Another Nugget, Jayden Howard, was fourth with a 77.

In the intermediate advanced division, Nugget Carson Cooper took first place by two targets, beating Amador’s Michael Martinez 96-94. Teammate Clayton Ryan was third with an 88, and Corey Ketchum took fifth with 85.

While no area shooters placed in the junior varsity division, Sonora’s Trace Strickland was fourth with an 89, and Summerville’s Traver Grandbois finished in fifth with a score of 88.

Sonora High’s Craig Amos tied for first place at 97, but would have to settle for second after losing in his shoot-off by one target.

For Summerville, Kyle Harrelson was high shooter with an 86, including 50 in the second half of the day.