Local trap shooter takes top spot at ATA meet

Local Brady Middle School competitive trap shooter Jess Anderson recently returned from the 25th Annual Spring Grand American trap shoot in Phoenix, Ariz. held Feb. 13-18. While competing in the Amateur Trap Association (ATA) shoot, in the preliminary events, he won the Singles Sub-Junior trophy by shooting 98 out of 100 targets. He also took second place in two other preliminary events. In the Double Championship, he placed third and also placed third in the 200-bird singles by breaking 193 out of 200 targets. In the final event on Sunday, the Handicap Championship, Anderson took first place with 93 out of 100 targets from the 25.5 yard line. The successful week of shooting also gave Anderson the High Overall Sub-Junior trophy with a score of 1,002 out of 1,100 targets thrown during the week. The top adult male shooter in the same competition shot 1,056 out of 1,100. The competition was the first major satellite shoot of the target year and Anderson was awarded 175 All-American points for his efforts. His next major competition will be the Southwestern Satellite Grand held at the National Shooting Complex in San Antonio April 16-22. This past Sunday, Feb. 25, Anderson competed in a three event registered ATA shoot held at the Permian Basin Shooting Club in Midland. At this particular shoot, he shot a near-perfect singles score of 99 of 100 to win that class while shooting 92 of 100 in the Handicap class to give him second place. He also won the Doubles class by shooting 97 of 100 targets. This particular shoot included all age groups.

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