After sweeping the state championship with a record 27 trophies, the Mother Lode Gun Club Nuggets trapshooting team continued its winning streak at the national level.
Thirteen shooters and their families made the trek to Las Vegas over the weekend, braving 121-degree heat to compete in the 2021 U.S. Open Youth Clay Shooting National Championship hosted by the CYSSA/YSSF at the Clark County Shooting Complex.
The youth shooters competed as a squad, as well as individually. The overall Junior Gun Club score was 931 to take first. The Senior Gun Club score to take third was 935.
Rookie shooter Travis Long placed fifth in the nation with a score of 165/200. Cort Leslie placed second in the nation with a score of 179/200. Leslie also holds the second-place position for the No. 2 rookie shooter in California this year.
Lucas Berger was untouchable with a score of 190/200 birds for the weekend, solidifying his position as the No. 1 rookie shooter in the nation. He also holds the accolade for the No. 1 rookie shooter in the state.
In the intermediate advanced division, Joseph Long took sixth place with a 189/200, James Temple took ninth with a 186/200, and Austin Castaneda took 10th with a 185/200.
In the intermediate entry level, Timothy Grider took eighth place with a 181/200 and Wyatt Berger took 19th place with a 173/200. Parker Treat shot a 160/200 for 21st place.
The intermediate advanced squad — consisting of Wyatt Berger, Joseph Long, Austin Castaneda, James Temple and Parker Treat — took second place overall.
At the junior varsity level, Andrew Cole shot a 185/200 for 18th place, Anthony Hatler shot a 171/200, and Cole Parcon shot a 161/200.
The Nuggets were one of the smaller gun clubs to compete at the national level and were very successful. This team is coached by John Luckie, who began coaching when his son started the Nuggets as his senior project. It is also coached by Jay Dugan.
—This story was submitted by Stacy Berger.