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Wednesday, August 14, 2019
The Southwest Trap Team attended the AIM Nationals Shooting in Sparta, Ill., at the end of July. From left, are: Case Jennings, Caleb Ayer, Ryder Martin, Colten Phillips, Bailey Stephens, Lilly Wolf, Coach Larry Hicks, Ty Howard, Joseph Stockton, Olivia Ayer, Alex Ramirez, Coach Mike Vining, and Samuel Jennings. Contributed photo

Trojans hit their marks at national meet

The Southwest Trap Team traveled to Sparta, Ill., for the AIM Nationals Shooting competition on July 28 and 29.

“This event has people from all over the world attending,” said Mike Vining, Southwest coach. “It was fun to see and talk to people from places like Brazil and Canada.”

In 2018, at this same competition, the Southwest Red team of Ty Howard, Olivia Ayer, Samuel Jennings, Caleb Ayer, and Joseph Stockton earned first place honors in Sub-Junior Class C. Those shooters have shot well enough in 2019 they were moved up to Class AA.

“Going into the competition on Monday, the coaches and shooters were very nervous competing in the new class knowing coming away with first place in AA would be tough,” Vining said.

Monday started with a two-hour lightning delay. After finally getting to compete, many shooters on all squads came away the first day with personal bests. Tuesday, the shooters were excited to get started and show what they could do according to their coach.

“The shooters worked hard and focused on each target,” Vining said. “Again, shooters came away with personal bests. After all the scores were tallied, the Red squad placed fifth in Sub-Junior Class AA.”

Southwest’s Black squad of Colten Phillips, Bailey Stephens, Lilly Wolf, Alex Ramirez and Ryder Martin placed fourth in Sub-Junior Class D.

“That is a great accomplishment with three out of five shooters attending this event for the first time,” Vining said. “Case Jennings shot on a squad with shooters from other schools and did a skillful job. All the shooters have improved during the season.”

The Southwest Trap team is always looking for sponsors. If anyone would like to be a sponsor, he or she may contact Vining at the school.

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