Junior trapshooting teams from Lake Edinboro Sportsman’s League returned from the Pennsylvania State Sportsmen’s Association Shoot June 8-9 in Elysburg with two first-place wins, two third places and the junior high gun award.
The two-day competition included the Amateur Trapshooting Association’s Academics Integrity Marksmanship State Championship and the Scholastic Clay Target Program State Championship. The LESL junior teams are composed of 29 shooters from Erie and Crawford counties.
In the ATA/AIM competition, two LESL teams claimed first-place wins. In the Sub Junior category, the Odd Squad won with a composite score of 440 out of 500 hits, with Matt Kirby breaking 93 out of 100. Doug Birchard hit 92 targets, Jacob Meszaros 91, Zoe Rupert 87 and Ryan Kirdahy 77.
In the Junior category, the Young Guns scored 486 out of 500. All five members of the squad hit at least 95 of their 100 targets, and Frank Myers IV brought down all 100 to earn high gun. Casey Inks hit 98, Billy Therasse had 97, Mitchel Meszaros shot 96 and Josh Zelina hit 95.
In the SCTP championship, Team Squirrel Bait finished third in the Intermediate level and Top Shots was third in the Intermediate Advanced level.
Billy Therasse and Zane Berger each broke 99 of 100 targets in the SCTP event. Garrett Pude and Mitchel Meszaros each hit 98 targets and Rupert had the first 25 straight score.