Southwest trap hitting the bullseye at state championship

Wednesday, July 17, 2019
The Southwest trap team took first at the Missouri State AIM Championship, From left, are, Joseph Stockton, Mike Vining, Ty Howard, Olivia Ayer, Caleb Ayer, Samuel Jennings, Larry Hicks. Contributed photo

Southwest trap team tops again

One of the most overlooked and dominant sporting teams in Barry County is the Southwest High School trap squad.

In June, the talented marksmen once again proved that their aim and dedication to perfection are still deadly with a first-place showing at the Missouri State AIM Championship.

The Southwest Red Squad, consisting of Caleb Ayer, Olivia Ayer, Ty Howard, Samuel Jennings and Joseph Stockton, placed first out of close to 20 other teams in the sub-junior division. The Southwest sub-junior team has placed in the top three the last three years.

After a day of team building with Andys Frozen Custard and bowling, the Southwest coaches, Mike Vining and Larry Hicks, talked to the athletes and gave them some last-minute pointers to think about for the next days shoot.

The Trojans worked hard and focused on their goals, according to the coaches. Many team members shot their personal best at the event. Olivia Ayer hit her first 25 straight, and Samuel Jennings shot his first 50 straight.

The team is looking forward to traveling to Sparta, Ill., for the national shoot July 29-30. Last year, this same sub-junior team won first place in the Class C division, a title it aims to defend.

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