The A&A Shooters youth clay target team started its 2021 season last month with 56 youth participating. Their first competition of the season was held last weekend at Sac Valley Shotgun Center near Ione where they competed against teams from the California Youth Shooting Sports Association (CYSSA), Colusa Gun Club, El Dorado Youth Trap Shooters, Sac Valley Slayers, Wilton Christian and Galt High School.
The competition had been COVID-modified with each team being assigned a start time to minimize the number of people at any one time at the facility. The squads of five shooters were to shoot 50 targets on an assigned field, then move one field over to shoot another 50 targets, then depart. There was no mingling of teams, no shoot-offs and no awards ceremonies. Scores for all who attended the event were later posted on the CYSSA Facebook page and website, which is where we learned that four of the A&A Shooters received medals for their performances that day.
Leading the A&A Shooters in scoring at the Sac Valley competition was a second-year shooter Bryson Bennion, a seventh-grader. Bennion started the morning by breaking 23 of his 25 targets and finished with an 84 out of 100 to place first in the Intermediate Advanced category.
Bennion’s teammates Wyatt and Jed Earl were only one target behind, both breaking scores of 83 for second and third place. Ajay Jarrett, another Intermediate shooter for A&A, came in fourth with an 82. The sweep for the Intermediate Advanced shooters was a great start to the season. This competition was the first of six that A&A will attend during the season.
New to the sport of trap shooting, but not to a shotgun, was Colton Earl, a freshman at Amador High School. With only a few practices under his belt, Earl crushed 75 of his 100 targets to place third in the Junior Varsity category.
The next competition for A&A will be on March 27 at Yolo Sportsmen’s Club. COVID protocols will again apply for this shoot.