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CHS collects 15 medals at first district competition

The Collierville High School trap team opened the 2014 regular season by taking 15 medals in the Shelby County Scholastic Clay Target Association tournament held at the Memphis Sport Shooting Association.

Using 12-gauge shotguns, the 27 athletes representing CHS competed with 300 athletes from Shelby, Tipton and Fayette counties. The Junior Varsity 1 squad was crowned JV champion after breaking 192 out of a possible 250 clays, three more than their closest competitor, Bolton High School.

The five squad members who contributed to Collierville’s effort were seniors Matthew Truitt and Sam Farris, and freshmen Austin Baronowski, Wyatt Burkey and Coleman Bomar. Truitt also took home the second place individual medal for JV male. Freshman Daniel Sartor competed in the Junior Varsity alternate division and finished in a tie for third place. Collierville entered three squads in the Varsity division.

The Varsity 1 squad were runners-up by shooting an impressive 468/500, but were four breaks shy of beating the champion Arlington Varsity 1 squad. Representing CHS on that squad were seniors Mitchell Moore and Chris Locke, and juniors Savannah Melton, Winston Beesinger and Christian Sidebottom. Melton’s individual score of 97/100 made her the top lady shooter and second highest of all athletes for the tournament.

In addition, she hit the first “straight 50” of her career. Beesinger shot well enough to be in a shoot-off round for 3rd place individual high score where he beat out his competitor by breaking 24 of 25 clays. Junior David Powers won the second place medal for the Varsity alternate division with an 83/100.

Runners-up Varsity division squad members, from left, are junior Christian Sidebottom, senior Mitchell Moore, senior Chris Locke, junior Savannah Melton and junior Winston Beesinger.

Runners-up Varsity division squad members, from left, are junior Christian Sidebottom, senior Mitchell Moore, senior Chris Locke, junior Savannah Melton and junior Winston Beesinger.

 

First place, champion JV division squad members, from left, are senior Sam Farris, freshman Austin Baronowski and senior Matthew Truitt.

First place, champion JV division squad members, from left, are senior Sam Farris, freshman Austin Baronowski and senior Matthew Truitt.

Head coach Barry Moore praised his team’s effort.

“I give credit to the athletes who have a true passion for the sport of shooting and who have been practicing twice a week since October,” he said. “Plus, none of this would have been possible if it were not for our dedicated coaching staff, who have worked tirelessly with each of our 30 athletes. It was a good start to what will be a challenging season ahead.”

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