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Truckee trap shooting: Wolverines fourth at state

Community submitted/to swright@sierrasun.comThe eight shooters who represented the first-year Truckee High trap team at the California State Shoot in Kingsburg, Calif., gather for a group photo. In the top row from left to right, they are coach Anthony Zissimos, Dominick Schiessl, Jason Smith, Shay Bridi, Jamin Parker and coaches Stone and Hadsell. The bottom row is Emily Akay, Rachel Zissimos, Jon Friesen and Wyatt Turner.

The Truckee High trap team wrapped up its inaugural season with a fourth-place finish in the junior varsity division at the California State Shoot in Kingsburg, Calif., last month.

Competing among 380 shooters from across the state, Truckeeand#8217;s top five shooters combined for a team score of 856 out of a possible 1,000 targets to record the top-five finish.

and#8220;I felt the team did very well in this first year of competition, and I expect next yearand#8217;s team will only improve with further experience,and#8221; said Truckee head coach Anthony Zissimos, who brought eight shooters to the state championship.

The Wolverines also fared well in the final two league shoots, held in Stockton and Livermore.

The Truckee team finished fourth at the Stockton shoot, with Jon Friesen leading the way by blasting 90 of 100 targets. Rachel Zissimos posted the teamand#8217;s second-best performance, shooting 81 of 100 targets.

Unfortunately for the Wolverines, the final league shoot in Livermore landed on graduation day, which prevented some of their shooters from participating. Conditions in Livermore also were challenging, with high winds affecting the targets. Nevertheless, Jason Smith shot 86 out of 100 targets despite the difficult conditions.

Truckee ended the season in fifth place among the eight high schools in its league and#8212; the Northern California chapter of the national Scholastic Clay Target Program.

Zissimos said he and the returning team members look forward to their second season, and that they will begin recruiting new shooters when school starts in the fall.

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