Nine local youth competed in trap shooting March 22-23 at the Alaska State Junior Olympic Qualifier at Birchwood Shooting Park, Eagle River. Central Peninsula Shooting Stars members Nick Edwards, Capra Edwards-Smith, Bailey and Garrett Horne, James Lott, Tyler Morrison, Bradley Phelps, Levi Poquette, and Adam Trujillo, competed in both Wobble trap and Doubles Trap. The overall medal round winners in both competitions qualify to compete in USAS National Junior Olympic Championships at Colorado Springs, Colo., this July.
In Wobble Trap, the competitors shot five rounds of 25 targets for possible score of 125. Nick Edwards of Soldotna won first in the J2 group and advanced to the medal round, where he won bronze, which qualifies him for the National Junior Olympic Championships.
Sunday in Doubles Trap, the competitors shot three rounds of 50 targets, for possible score of 150. Four individual age group trophies were won by the Peninsula Shooting Stars: J3 Division — James Lott, 2nd place 106/150, Adam Trujillo, 3rd place, 104/150; J2 Division — Nick Edwards, 1st place, 116/150, Levi Poquette, 2nd place, 115/150, and Bailey Horne, 3rd place, 112/150. Edwards, Poquette and Baily Horne placed in the top six overall for the finals. Final round scores were Poquette 13/20, Horne 15/20, and Edwards 17/20.
The Peninsula Shooting Stars competed March 29 in Skeet Trap at Grouse Ridge Shooting Park in Wasilla. The Stars will also compete in the Alaska State Junior Olympic Qualifier in International Skeet April 27 at Grouse Ridge in Wasilla.
The Stars are coached by head coach Jim Trujillo and assistant coaches Dave and Alice Kerkvliet, Russell Morrison, Bobby Cox, Stu Goldstein, and Dave Edwards-Smith. Thanks to those who sponsor the local Alaska Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP). For anyone interested in sponsoring the Peninsula Shooting Stars, please contact Alice Kerkvliet at 398-3693 or Jim Trujillo at 252-0065.
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provided by Kristi Edwards