Ducks flock to the podium in Junior State Trap Championship

The accolades just keep pouring in for the Colusa County Ducks, who put on a dominant display at the California Youth Shooting Sports Association’s Junior State Trap Championship, which was held at Coon Creek on June 2-3.

Colusa County sent a total of 13 shooters to the event, and all 13 came home with trophies. Two Ducks – Gus Doherty and Grayson Hardwick – earned the title of State Champion in their respective divisions.

Doherty and Hardwick each hit 197 of 200 targets during the event, good for first place in the Intermediate Advanced (IA) and Intermediate Entry (IE) divisions, respectively.

In addition to the two state champions, the Ducks had three other individual shooters reach the podium in various divisions: Gus Armstrong took second in the Rookie Division by hitting 181 of 200 targets, and Parker Gill took third, hitting 179 of 200 targets. Chase Carrere finished just behind Doherty in the IA Division, scoring a 195 to take second place.

On top of the individual achievements, the Ducks had the top squad in two of three divisions at the Junior State Trap Championship. Their Rookie Squad – composed of Armstrong, Gill, and Dustin Wurm – earned a first place finish by hitting 515 of 600 combined targets.

Doherty, Carrere, Anthony Felix, Tyler Moss, and Garrett Goodman combined to hit 920 of 1,000 total targets, earning themselves bragging rights as the top IA Squad in the state.

The Ducks’ IE Squad, which included Hardwick, Thomas Casillas, Carter Long, Parker Goodman, and Wade Traynham, finished third in their division, hitting 830 of 1,000 total targets.

Colusa County also received the “High 5” award – an accumulation of points from their five highest shooters, regardless of division – for both the season and the tournament.

According to the team’s coach, things couldn’t have gone much better.

“You could not ask for a more picture-perfect performance from a team,” said Colusa County Youth Shooting Sports coach Bruce Hardwick. “We are very proud of our shooters, coaches, and parents their hard work and dedication paid off.”

Now, the Colusa County Ducks are heading to Las Vegas for the U.S. Open National Championship, which is set to take place on July 9-14.

Anyone interested in signing up with the team can contact Hardwick at 530-701-4051.

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Brian Pearson is the Managing Editor & Reporter for the Williams Pioneer Review. Brian joined the Williams Pioneer Review in June 2016 and is committed to bringing hyperlocal news to its readers. A few of his projects include reporting on local government and the newly feature sports page. To contact Brian about this article, or for future articles, please email him at brian@colusacountynews.net