SW shooters second at state
Southwest shooters claimed the second-place trophy in both the high school and junior high divisions of the Missouri State Trapshooting Championships at Linn Creek on April 28.
Southwest High School team members Eric Anderson, Eithan Still, Tommy Sickles, Johnathon Wolf and Kordell McNabb finished just two targets behind rival Branson. Wolf led the high school team with a score of 97, with Anderson and McNabb both shooting 96.
Southwest and Branson have owned the high school division of the state meet for the past six years, with each school winning three titles.
"In the 2009 season, we redeemed the state title loss with an eventual national championship, so I'm hoping history repeats itself this year," said Southwest's Mike Vining.
There are no seniors in the Southwest lineup, and the future looks bright for Vining's squad.
Southwest's junior high team of Brent Anderson, Garrett Hobbs, River Fields, Jacob Wolf and Jesse Hayworth shot a combined 423 out of 500 to take second in their division. Hobbs was the team leader, breaking 91 of 100 targets.
"There were around 750 shooters at this year's tournament," said Vining. "The level of competition gets better every year, and I am extremely proud of how our shooters rise up to the challenge year in and year out."
Coach Vining acknowledged assistant coach Rick Wright for his contribution to the team's success.
"His knowledge of the shooting sport is invaluable to us," said Vining. "Thanks also to our trap parents, booster club and all area merchants for making it possible for us to continue the tradition of excellence that we have enjoyed since 2001."