Southwest attends 2021 ATA Shoot

Wednesday, June 9, 2021
From left, Southwest’s Caleb Ayer, Alex Ramirez, Samuel Jennings, Olivia Ayer and Ty Howard competed in the ATA and AIM zone state shoot at the Missouri Trap Shooters Association in Linn Creek. Contributed photo

Ayer walks away with sub-junior championship

On May 22, the Southwest School sent three squads to compete at the ATA and AIM zone state shoot at the Missouri Trap Shooters Association in Linn Creek.

The Missouri Trap Shooters Association offers 60 traps and is the second-largest trapshooting facility in the world. 

Southwest’s Caleb Ayer won the sub-junior championship at the ATA and AIM zone state shoot at the Missouri Trap Shooters Association in Linn Creek. Contributed photo

The rain did not seem to affect the junior squad consisting of juniors Olivia Ayer, Ty Howard and Samuel Jennings, as well as freshmen Caleb Ayer and Alex Ramirez, as they shot their first 100 rounds.

Caleb Ayer, 14, out-shot all the Missouri sub-junior competitors, walking away with the championship. Howard was runner-up for the class B junior shooters, and Jennings was runner-up for the class D junior shooters. Teresa Tobey Thompson also shot a personal best.

Caleb Ayer shot his first 100 straight during a rainy morning. After about a two-hour break, the sun came out and a breeze made conditions completely different for the squad’s second 100.

The squad had little trouble adjusting to the different conditions. The competition was tough, and the junior squad ended the day in 4th place.

Caleb Ayer walked off the line dropping only four birds all day. He had a final score of 196/200.

The Southwest squads will compete again on June 26 at the Missouri State AIM Shoot in Linn Creek.

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