SW shooters claim seventh state title
The Southwest Trapshooting Team won its seventh state title over the weekend, edging Branson by a single target, 480/500 to 479/500. According to Southwest's Mike Vining, over 170 teams competed in the championship event held at the Linn Creek shooting complex in central Missouri.
Eric Anderson led the Trojan shooters at the state meet, finishing in a six-way tie for high score. Anderson connected on 99 of 100 targets. Alan McNabb, the only senior on the squad, shot a 96, and Charly Phillips, Johnathon Wolf and Kordell McNabb all posted scores of 95 for the winning team. Seth Delossantos and Eithan Still also competed for the Southwest squad.
The Southwest junior high team placed second in the meet. Southwest's junior high squad was represented by Brent Anderson, Savana Leonhardt, Jacob Wolf, Garrett Hobbs, Jesse Hayworth, Sydney Delossantos, Emily Snyder and Tommy Sickles.
"It takes a total team effort to do what we've done and that includes not only all of our team members, but the parents as well," said Vining. "All the credit goes to the kids. They work very hard at this sport, which is very tough to do, because it's not what you'd call a high profile sport. They don't have the big crowds to cheer them on, and it takes a ton of determination to have the focus and mind set to compete at high levels.
"Alan McNabb has been shooting for us since junior high and has been one of our greats to come through our program," noted Vining. "It was great to see him end his career as a state champion."