The Blair Youth Shooting Sports (BYSS) team earned top honors last Saturday at Papillion Gun Club during the fourth week of the Eastern Cornhusker Trapshooting Conference (ECTC) season.
The team of Andrew Browning, Dalton D. Nielsen, Dalton Nielsen, Skyler Puffer and Gage Hearn won the handicap event title by six shots, hitting 213 of the 250 targets they saw. The group was also second in the overall team standings for the Papillion shoot.
Dalton Nielsen, Hearn and Browning shined in individual competition as well, claiming top-two finishes in yardage events. BYSS' Weston Lupardus was first in the high male handicap category, too.
Blair marksmen compete in Junior shoots
The Junior Division Blair marksmen won last Saturday's shoot-off for a ECTC win in Omaha. Team members were Kalvin Kies, Harry Kies, Jake Vanek, Gage Bolton and Elijah Tabor.
In addition, Jaydyn Backman earned top honors in the 16-yard female event, taking out 45 of her 50 targets.
BYSS was also represented March 27 at the Junior shoot in Papillion.
Kalvin Kies led the way, hitting 46 of his 50 targets for a third-place finish in the junior male event. The marksman was also a member of the second-place Blair Blue team in the Junior team standings. Johnny Henton, Vanek, Harry Kies, Colton Nixon and he went 210-for-250 on the day.
Arlington, Calhoun marksmen compete
Arlington Senior Division trapshooters placed highly March 27 when competing at a Eastern Cornhusker Trapshooting Conference event in Bellevue.
Sam Arnett, Cade Arnett and Jake Bartosh were members of the first-place Fremont group in the 16-yard team standings. They teamed up with Abby Johnson and Benjamin Menking to hit 230 of their 250 targets.
Sam Arnett also claimed first in the 16-yard male standings, shooting 49 of his 50 targets before going 22-for-25 in a shootout to determine the gold medal winner.
Both Arnetts and Bartosh were also members of the first-place handicap team champions, while Connor Flesner was second in the 18-19 yard handicap event. John McKennan of Fort Calhoun was second in the 20-21 yard handicap, while Bartosh was first in the 22-23 shoot.
Arlington's Wyatt Widman, meanwhile, finished second in the Junior male division event at Papillion Gun Club on March 27.
On April 3, Sam Arnett and Bartosh were among the Fremont event winners during a ECTC shoot in Omaha. Arnett went 74-for-75 overall in 16-yard individual competition.
Fort Calhoun's Kaitlin Smith joined McKennan on the handicap team champs as well.
Full trapshooting results can be found online at shootectc.org.