Southwest shoots at state

Wednesday, November 11, 2020
The Southwest High School trap team recently competed at state. Front row, from left: Caleb Ayer, Hunter Patterson, Olivia Ayer, Teresa Thompson, Bailey Stephens and Coach Staci Day. Back Row: Case Jennings, Coach Larry Hicks, Ty Howard, Alex Ramirez, Samuel Jennings, Lilly Wolf and Coach Mike Vining. Contributed photo

Team finishes 4th with 451 of 500 targets

The Missouri State Trap Shooting Championship was set to take place in May 2020, but COVID-19 forced the event to be postponed until October.

In the meantime, Southwest students were not able to practice or compete during the summer months.

Southwest’s Ty Howard took second place in Missouri State Trap Shooting. Contributed photo

Parents and shooters did the best they could to keep students from losing the skills they had gained. So when the Paul Larsen Memorial Missouri State Trap Shoot Championship finally happened on Oct. 10, the shooters were excited and eager to complete. The weather was pretty close to perfect for trap shooting.

One Southwest Team shot a 451 out of 500 targets and finished fourth in state. The team missed third place by six targets. This was the first time this team shot in the high school division. The schools placing in the top three were much larger schools than Southwest High School.

Junior Ty Howard found himself in a three-way tie after shooting a perfect 100-straight. The shoot-off went three rounds, with Howard placing second in state. First and third place went to St. Louis shooters from Arnold.

“I was really proud of our teams,” Coach Mike Vining said. “They did a great job shooting. Then, they rallied around Ty as he completed in the shoot-off. This was a year like no other with its own unique challenges. Now that it’s over, I’m looking forward to next year’s competitions.”

The team will start practicing again in January.

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