About 30 trapshooters from the Los Banos Tigers Youth Trap Team competed in the U.S. Open Youth Clay Shooting Championships last weekend in Las Vegas, with a few of them bringing home hardware.
In the trapshooting competition, the rookie-class team of Ryan Huff (from Los Banos), Nathan Lima (Dos Palos) and Emilio Carvalho (Tranquillity) took first in the four-team field, hitting 513 of 600 targets. Huff led the squad with 178 of 200 targets, earning a third-place individual trophy. Carvalho followed with 174, and Lima hit 161 for ninth place.
The Tigers’ varsity squad of Josh Lopes, Jared Crist, D.J. Mello, Jonathon Pinto and Jason Chew placed fourth, but Chew came close to perfect with 199 hits on 200 targets. Two shooters (Lane Chronis of A&A Shooters and Sam Dyer of De La Salle) were perfect, though, bumping Chew to a tie for third place.
Another third-place squad trophy went to the Tigers’ intermediate-advanced squad of Scott Crist, Kyle Kano, Mason Tarr, Joseph Giuliani and Harrison Chang, who score 929 of 1,000, coming one target shy of tying for second place with another Coon Creek squad. Individually, Kano, Giuliani and Crist all tied for ninth place with 191 hits out of 200 targets.
The junior-varsity squad of Hunter Kahn, Ali Viera, Derek Miller, Thomas Gann and Madison Martella finished sixth, with Kahn’s 191 leading the way.
The intermediate-entry squad of Chris DeFrancesco, Hayden Tarr, Xander Gonsalves, Matthew DeFrancesco and Nicholas Tate placed second in their class, hitting 857 out of 1,000 targets. The first-place squad from Coon Creek score 899.
In the sporting clays competition, the Tigers’ intermediate-advanced squad of Spencer Vance, Chang and Giuliani scored 153 to place third.