Brady shooter prepping for world competition

Perfecting his shooting skills has been the goal of Brady trap shooter Jess Anderson this summer as he has competed in numerous state and national competitions. Earlier this summer, Anderson competed in the Arkansas State Shoot in Little Rock where he opened the competition by firing a 99 out of 100 in the preliminary handicap. This accomplishment gave him the final 1/2 yard move back to the 27-yard-line making him one of the youngest shooters in the Amateur Trap Association to reach this goal. He also won the Class AA singles, Class AA doubles, the Singles Championship event with a score of 199 out of 200, High All-Around and High Overall Championship at the same shoot. In June, Anderson competed in the Texas Zone III shoot held at Iowa Park Gun Club. He shot very well all weekend with a win in the singles championship with another 199 out of 200. His score tied him with a Texas Border Patrol Officer from Del Rio. The duo had a shoot-off for the title and after four rounds of 25 shots each, Anderson was named the champion with a score of 99 to 98. He also won the doubles championship with a score of 98 out of 100. In July, Anderson competed in the Texas State Trap Shoot in Amarillo. This was the final required competition to qualify for the Texas State Team selections that will be held in December. For his selection to the 2000 team, he was awarded a ring from the Texas State Association during the awards ceremony. At the state shoot, he won the preliminary singles with a perfect 100 out of 100, the preliminary doubles with a 96 out of 100, the Lone Star singles class with a 98 out of 100, the Lone Star doubles class with a 96 out of 100, the Texas State doubles championship with a 98 out of 100 and the Texas State Open singles champion with a 197 out of 200. He finished with a 95 out of 100 from the 27-yard-line in the state handicap event. He won the high all-around with a score of 390 out of 400 in all three championship events. In the last week of July, he and his parents Barry and Carol, attended the Southwestern ATA Zone Championship in El Paso. The shoot was held in conjunction with four other sites hosting competitors from an eight-state region. At the meet, Anderson scored a win in the Singles Class AA with a perfect 100 and was one of four members in the squad who helped post a team score of 497 out of 500. In the doubles class, he won with a 98 out of 100 while in the singles class as reigning sub-junior champion, he fired a 198 out of 200 which was tied by a shooter competing simultaneously at a site in Missouri. During the shoot-off, the competitor who was shooting at the Kansas site dropped two targets while Anderson posted a perfect 100 out of 100 at the El Paso site. This shoot was a telephonic shoot with competitors from the eight states shooting at a total of four sites. The other site locations were Cortez, Colo., Wichita, Kan., Fort Worth and Lanoke, Ark. All results had to be faxed in to the Cortez site before Jess was declared the winner. In the doubles championship, Anderson finished with the sub-junior win of 97 out of 100. Anderson will finish this target year with the World Trap Shooting Competition which will be held Aug. 10-18 in Vandalia, Ohio.

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