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'Bird Busters' young trapshooter team takes first in state

The Prescott Bird Busters trapshooters recently competed in the state championships at the Tucson Trap and Skeet Club and earned the state title and first place and the 2013 Trap Commissioners Cup. Front row, from left, are: Lewis Aul, Prescott Mile High Middle School; Jakob Woods, Acorn Montessori School; and Colton Underwood, home-schooled. Back row are: Coach Jake Underwood; Austin Reynolds, Bradshaw Mountain Middle School; Luke Poteat, Bradshaw Mountain Middle School; and Coach Greg Utech.<br>
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The Prescott Bird Busters trapshooters recently competed in the state championships at the Tucson Trap and Skeet Club and earned the state title and first place and the 2013 Trap Commissioners Cup. Front row, from left, are: Lewis Aul, Prescott Mile High Middle School; Jakob Woods, Acorn Montessori School; and Colton Underwood, home-schooled. Back row are: Coach Jake Underwood; Austin Reynolds, Bradshaw Mountain Middle School; Luke Poteat, Bradshaw Mountain Middle School; and Coach Greg Utech.<br> Courtesy Photo

A team of middle school trapshooters is the new state champions, said Brian Witty, head coach the 49-member Prescott Bird Busters.

The Bird Busters competed against more than 300 other shooters at the state championships on April 6-7 at the Tucson Trap and Skeet Club.

Witty said the club is part of the Scholastic Clay Target Program, a nationally recognized program designed for students from fourth grade through college at the Division I level. The competition includes three separate sports - sporting clays, trap, and skeet - in events held at local, state and national levels.

The five-member team of sixth- through eighth-graders competed against eight other teams at the intermediate level to earn a combined score of 854 out of a possible 1,000 targets to win the state championship in trap shooting. Their scores are:

• Lewis Aul - 185 (Second overall in category with both a 25 and 50 straight.)

• Luke Poteat - 171

• Austin Reynolds - 172

• Colton Underwood - 165

• Jakob Woods - 161

The next closest scores were Tucson Shooting Stars - 799, and Rio Salado Target Terminators - 797.

Witty said nine members participated in the state championships and more members will have one more opportunity on April 27 to qualify for nationals.

The team is looking for community support and donations to travel to Sparta, Ill., for the national competition on July 15. To help out, please call Brian Witty at 928-420-2991.

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