Ross fires 97 to win first Trophy Shoot title
BELGREEN – Nick Ross fired two perfect rounds and hit 97 of 100 targets to win the inaugural Cedar Creek Trophy Shoot Saturday.
In the junior boys competition, Tritt Martin, 16, and Corey Williams, 18, each hit 90 targets to force a playoff. After both had 24 points apiece in the first overtime, Martin won first place by again hitting 24, while Williams had 22 points.
"This was a good experience for Tritt and Corey if they compete at Nationals," said James King, who coaches the range's youth teams along with Don Ross. "If they get in that situation at Nationals, they can just say to themselves, 'I'm shooting at Cedar Hill.'"
Shelby Harban captured first place in the junior ladies division shot a final-round 24 to finish with 91 points, while Kimi Vaughn was second with 72.
Leisa Low was the women's champion (66), while nine-year-old Logan Taylor won the rookie division with 96 points, which tied him with Shane Bennett and Russ Thatcher for the second-best score overall. Bennett won first in the men's division, and Thatcher finished second.
In the sub-junior boys division, Jessie Taylor, 14, hit 91 targets to edge runner-up Sidney Johnson, 13, who posted a third-round 25 to finish with 90 points.
Martin also won the Waterfall Valley junior boys championship last Saturday, while Jessie Taylor won the sub-junior boys division.
The Cedar Hill Smoking Guns will compete at the state shoot June 28 in Irondale and the Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) national championship Aug. 4-5 in Sparta, Ill.