Southwest trapshooters hitting their targets

Wednesday, May 9, 2018
The Southwest junior high trap team took third in the state contest recently. From left, are: Colton Phillips, Olivia Ayer, Caleb Ayer, Joseph Stockton, Ty Howard and Samuel Jennings. Contributed photo

Team takes 7th at state championship

The Southwest Trapshooting Team competed at the Missouri State High School Trapshooting Championships in Linn Creek Missouri recently.

The high school squad finished seventh at state this year, which was lower than the team had hoped for.

“It wasn’t our best outing, as I’m sure they already know,” said Mike Vining, Southwest coach. “It has been a weird year so far in that it seems every practice we have had, the weather has not been conducive to good practice conditions. The days when it wasn’t cold and windy, its been warm and windy. It seems every week we have 20-30 mph winds to contend with, which does not make good practice conditions.”

Southwest’s High School team members consisted of Charlie Henderson and Emily Snyder, seniors; Heather Windes, junior; Leland Colf and Hunter Stanley, sophomores; and Dylan Morgan, freshman.

The future does look bright for the Trojans, as their junior high squad took third in its division.

“They increased their broken target count by 26 targets over where they were at this time last year,” Vining said. “It’s always good to see the future of our program succeeding.”

Southwest’s junior high team this season includes: Ty Howard, Samuel Jennings, Olivia Ayer, Joseph Stockton, Caleb Ayer and Colten Phillips.

Southwest now turns its attention to future competitions.

“We will continue to work after school lets out to prepare for the state AIM Shoot and nationals in June and July,” Vining said. “I am confident the high school shooters will get things figured out and be ready to make a run at nationals while our junior high team will continue to improve on our third place finish.”

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