Anderson shoots 200 straight at state shoot

Continuing his competitive shooting season, Brady trap shooter Jess Anderson, a sophomore at Brady High School, shot in the Texas Trapshooters Association Zone 5 Championship at the National Shooting Complex in San Antonio. In the week-long meet, Anderson was the only person to shoot a perfect 200 out of 200 in the singles competition out of all classes entered in the meet. The perfect score gave him the overall singles trophy. He shot in the doubles contest on Sunday and scored 99 out of 100 to take the championship spot. Then in the handicap event from the 27-yard line, he scored 93 out of 100 to give him the win in the sub-junior class. His scores during the week gave him the high all-around award for all shooters with a combined score of 392 targets broken out of 400 thrown. ‘This is one of the five mandatory shoots to determine eligibility for the 2003 Texas State Team,’ said Carol Anderson, Jess’s mother. The Amateur Trap Association’s Southwestern Grand was also held at the San Antonio shooting complex during the week of April 7-13. With seven days of competition, Anderson shot each day as one of more than 2,500 shooters in attendance. Shooting in the sub-junior class, Anderson, currently ranked second in the nation in his age group, was pushed by two other fellow top ranked shooters. Including Anderson, the top three sub-junior shooters in the nation were at the event. ‘Everyone shot very well in the competition,’ said Mrs. Anderson. ‘All top three shooters, all 16 years old or younger, posted excellent scores each day. This was one of our stiffest competitions so far this target year. According to the scores from each day, the sub-junior age group turned in scores that matched the high scores in the men’s division.’ All three boys went almost perfect scores in the first five days’ singles events with Anderson getting the singles runner-up trophy for a 198 out of 200. He was beat by one clay target by another All-American team member from Missouri. He finished the 700 singles targets from the 16-yard line for the entire week with a combined score of 694 out of 700. In the doubles events, he won five of the six events including the doubles class championship in which his lowest score was 96 out of 100. His last trophy was won in the preliminary handicap round with a score of 95 out of 100. In his week of shooting, Anderson brought home seven trophies. His next competitive meet will be at the Missouri State Shoot in May.

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