Ketchikan Junior Shotgun League

The Ketchikan Junior Shotgun League stands together during the Southeast tournament this past weekend in Juneau. Left to right, head coach Eric Eichner, Thomas Rud, Autumn Elsner, Oscar Brooks (behind), Abigail Davies and Ethan Kershaw. Photo courtesy of Eric Eichner

KETCHIKAN (KDN) — The Ketchikan Junior Shotgun League sent five sharpshooters to the Seventh Annual Juneau Gun Clubs Southeast Tournament last weekend.

KJSL’s Thomas Rud, Autumn Elsner, Oscar Brooks, Abigail Davies and Ethan Kershaw traveled to the capital city to compete in American Trap, Wobble Trap, Doubles Trap and Sporting Clays. The Southeast teams in attendance were joined by squads from Anchorage, Tok and Washington state, as nearly 50 athletes competed in the tournament, according to KJSL coach Eric Eichner.

Brooks and Rud participated in the boys’ senior varsity division, and Kershaw was in the boys’ JV division. Elsner and Davies were in the girls’ JV division.

Out of 18 athletes in the boys’ senior division, Rud finished sixth, overall. He placed second in the Wobble Trap, hitting 46 of the 50 targets. Of the 300 clay targets between the four events, Rud broke 240.

Brooks was in the top five in several of the four events, breaking 244 clay targets. He finished one notch ahead of Rud, placing fifth, overall.

Kershaw finished fourth, overall, out of nine competitors in the boys’ JV division. He hit several personal bests, to help him finish in the top five in his first shooting competition, according to Eichner.

Elsner and Davies were the only two athletes in the girls’ JV division, and the two went back and forth between first and second place in each event.

Both were participating in their first shooting competition, and ultimately it was Elsner who finished in first place. She had 139 broken clays, compared to Davies’ 138 broken clays.

The 139-mark gave Elsner the High Above All award for the girls’ JV division; Davies was the High Above All runner-up.

Davies won the American Trap and Sporting Clay events. She claimed first in the Sporting Clay by winning a tie-breaking shoot-off with Elsner.

Elsner won the Wobble Trap and Doubles Trap, inching ahead of Davies in the final standings, by breaking one more clay than her teammate.