As part of the continuing growth of their organization, the Colusa County Ducks Youth Shooting Sports team competed in a three month long skeet season that culminated in the California Youth Shooting Sports Association state meet, held on May 16, at the Waterloo Gun and Bocce Club in Stockton.
Skeet, one of the three major types of clay pigeon shooting, is somewhat more difficult than trap in that targets are thrown closer to the shooters and in a wider variety of scenarios, but as they have since their inception, the Ducks made a strong showing by sending seven to the podium.
In the Young Adult division composed of participants 18-23 years old, Dillan Wurm took first place striking 145 out of 150 targets with Devin Wurm coming in second after hitting 134 of 150.
At the previous competitions, Dillan garnered a second place on April 25, while Devin recorded two firsts and two seconds over the course of the season.
Anthony Felix took the top spot at the state meet at the varsity level, which includes entrants in ninth through 12th grades, missing just twice to finish with a score of 148 out of 150, despite not reaching the podium during the regular season.
Among the Intermediate Advanced competitors who are middle school-aged and in their second or third year of participation, Dustin Wurm claimed second place overall hitting 96 percent of the targets after capturing two firsts and two seconds in the preliminary events leading up to the finals.
Landon Barrett was the third place winner in Intermediate Entry, a division also composed of middle schoolers, but those who are in their first year of competition. Barrett had placed third, first and second, respectively, at the prior meets.
Rounding out the Ducks medalists was Robert Shadley, who had an exceptional season sweeping the Rookie contests, which is open to those fifth grade and below, and Lucas Bowen who finished second.
Additionally as a team, Colusa won the Junior Club Series High 3, to cap a successful season, which head coach Bruce Hardwick summed up by saying, “It was a great end to the season to walk away with three first places at a state event. I can’t say enough about the time the kids, parents, and coaches put into this season.”
The Ducks have consistently been one of the county’s most successful teams, competing in all three disciplines of clay pigeon shooting, including trap and sporting clays, as well as skeet. ▪