KETCHIKAN (KDN) — The Ketchikan Junior Shotgun League team certainly kept its eyes on the prize during the Alaska Youth Education in Shooting Sports state competition last week.
Ketchikan’s Caden Thomas, Aaron Anderson, Thomas Rud, Ethan Anderson and Oscar Brooks joined 56 other sharp shooters from around the state from June 10 to 13 at Birchwood Shooting Park in Chugiak, and the fab five combined for 10 medals.
Caden Thomas, who graduated from Ketchikan High School this spring, finished his final competition with KJSL by hitting a personal best in trap shooting, knocking down 95 of 100, including a perfect 25 of 25 in one of the four rounds. The mark helped give Thomas second place in the discipline.
Trap shooting was one of five main disciplines at the Alaska YESS state championships. Participants also competed in double trap, wobble trap, skeet and sporting clays. Some shooters also participated in international skeet and double skeet during the four-day event.
Thomas Rud also competed in the varsity division. And just like Thomas, Rud nailed a perfect 25 of 25 in one of the four rounds of trap shooting, finishing with a score of 88 out of 100 in the discipline.
Rud brought home third place in double trap, knocking down 84 of 100.
Brooks finished the YESS state competition with a trio of medals in the junior varsity division, notching a first-place win in sporting clays with a score of 78 out of 100.
He also won third in the trap and double trap events.
Aaron Anderson competed in the novice division, winning second place in sporting clays, and secured the third-place spot in each of the other four disciplines.
The YESS state championships was Ethan Anderson’s first competition in the intermediate division. He set several personal bests throughout the week, including a fifth-place finish in trap, as well as a sixth-place finish in both wobble trap and sporting clays.
KJSL broke a total of 1,914 clay targets in competition this year. This year’s state competition included 21 teams.