Bradyite competes at national trap shoot

Taking another shot at national competition, local trap shooter Jess Anderson recently competed at “The Grand” in Vandalia, Ohio and brought home seven trophies in the sub-junior category. The two-week shooting competition pits the nation’s top shooters against each other. The shoot, known as the biggest shoot in the world, hosts over 40,000 shooters. The Grand is traditionally the last major competitive shoot of the competitive year which ends Aug. 31. In only his second trip to The Grand, Anderson shot 1,100 targets between two disciplines of single and doubles. Of those competitions, he won high overall in the sub-junior category and shot well enough to cause five shoot-offs of which he won three. While at the Grand, he also was selected to compete in the Amateur Trap Association Hall of Fame team competition in the high school open classification. This team, selected of five individuals from across the nation, shot against other state teams. The team of which Anderson was a member broke 496 out of 500 targets and Anderson was the only shooter on his team to shoot a perfect score. The Grand was the last scoreable major shoot in the 2001 shooting year and with the scores posted, the Brady High School freshman has improved his averages in all three categories. In this year’s shooting year he has improved the singles event, he improved his score to 98.28 percent of 4,600 targets shot over last year’s 93.81 percent. In doubles competiton, he improved to 94.94 percent up from 86.38 in 2000.

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