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Kathleen Lynch
06/06/2014 2:32 PM

The Martinez Gun Club was primed for the California Youth Shooting Sports Association trap shoot last Saturday, as 257 youth shooters descended upon the club’s eight trap fields. With perfect weather conditions and most of the top youth gun-club teams competing, the shoot scores were high and shoot-offs were inevitable.

In the Varsity category, there was one perfect 100, coming from Joshua Lopes, of Los Banos, but right behind him was a string of six 99’s, including Amador County’s A&A Shooters’ Bobby Boitano. Boitano, in his seventh and last year as an A&A Shooter, broke a perfect 50 in the morning, followed up by a 24 and 25 in the afternoon. His squadmates, Tyler Buckmaster, Teresa Teixeira and Lane Chronis, also broke perfect scores on the first trap of the day.

In the shoot-off, Boitano took some deep breaths and broke a 25, then a 24 in the second round, to eliminate all five of the other shooters and take the Varsity second place. Keane Flynn, of Livermore, placed third. Of other A&A Shooters, Brett Case finished with a 97; Nick Anderson, 96; Tyler Buckmaster, 96; Clayton Holmes, 96; Meagan Ahlers, 95; Lane Chronis, 94; Matthew Ahlers, 93; Justin Boitano, 93; Teresa Teixeira, 92; Ryley Nordahl, 91; and Ethan Carpenter 90. Ahlers was in a target-smashing mood, as she made going straight look easy, crushing all of her last 50 targets for her first perfect 50.

In the JV category, A&A’s Dylan Smith, breaking a 96 score, was one target out of a medal, finishing fifth out of 84 shooters. Nathan Moore broke a 94; Ian Dunne, 91; Jacob Barry, 85; and Levi Chronis and Jarren Esparza, 84’s. JV winners were Eric Olague, of Los Banos, in first, with a 98, Drew Ollis, of Delta Valley, shot a 98 for second, and Kevin Kohnke, of Livermore, took third, with a 97.

In the Intermediate Advanced category, a blue ribbon with a gold medal was draped around the neck of A&A’s Shad Nordahl, who once again medaled for his team by letting only four targets escape, for a 96. The difference between his standing alone on top and having to shoot off was one target, as there were four shooters with scores of 95.

After the dust had settled, two Los Banos shooters captured second and third places. Following Nordahl were his teammates Kodee Smith, 92; Carson Hammond, 91; Humera Ali, 90; Jesse Personeni, 90; Ken Mackey, 88; Cody Conrad, 87; Abby Lehman, 87; Adam Marxmiller, 87; Kobe Wright, 87; Evan Winton, 85; Trevor Kirkman, 82; and Adam Gutierrez, 81.

Smiles were on a few A&A Shooter female faces as they stepped off the line. Not only did Ahlers shoot a perfect 50, but Abby Lehman and Humera Ali also broke their first 25-straights.

Cole Hertlein, A&A’s only entry level shooter at the competition, came in eighth out of 38 competitors, with a score of 82.

The CYSSA State Championships in skeet, sporting clays and trap will be held June 13 to 15, at Stockton Trap and Skeet, where more than 700 youth are expected to compete for individual, squad and team awards.

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