Kingman kids take on best shooters in Las Vegas event
Wyatt Magers, Drew Hendricks and Jack Cavender at U.S. Youth Open.
Several nearly flawless in trap
7/22/2014 5:59:00 AM
A number of Kingman area youth recently participated in the U.S. Open Youth Clay Shooting Championships sponsored by the Youth Shooting Sports Association.
The event was held in Las Vegas at the Clark County Shooting Park over a five day period, July 8-12.
Participants included members from both the Mohave Top Guns and the Mohave Bighorns shooting groups.
Three young shooters from the Mohave Top Guns group - Jack Cavender, Drew Hendricks and Wyatt Magers - participated in all of the events.
In the 200-target skeet event, Magers broke 122, while Cavender scored 154. Hendricks took top honors in the group, hitting 174 of 200.
While the group finished in eighth place for the varsity squad, individually Hendricks took 17th place in varsity, while Magers finished in seventh place in the intermediate entry division. Cavender placed seventh in the Intermediate Advanced division.
In the 100-target sporting clays event, Cavender took top honors in intermediate advanced group with a 74.
Magers was sixth in the intermediate entry division, while Hendricks finished ninth in the varsity division.
As a varsity team, the three shooters took second place with a combined score of 202 of 300.
In the trap shooting event, which was held over two days, a total of six shooters from Kingman each took aim at 200 targets.
Magers got 182 of 200 to finish in 11th place in the intermediate entry division.
Cavender finished in seventh place in the intermediate advanced division with a score of 192 of 200.
Hendricks shot 185 of 200 to finish in 75th place in the varsity division.
Joshua Schanaman shot scores of 96 of 100 and 100 of 100 for a score of 196 of 200 and finished in 24th place, attesting to the high level of competition in that division.
Kirsten Shaw posted scores of 97 out of 100 and 97 of 100 to finish in 30th place.
Brandon Matschke had scores of 96 of 100 and 98 of 100 and finished in 31st place.
Most of the teams and shooters were from California, according to Dawn Hicks Cavender, who was there for the event with her son Jack.
Cavender noted that several Kingman area kids showed a lot of improvement from last year at this event, and that with the start of the new shooting season in September for the Mohave Top Guns and Mohave Bighorns, the high level of the competition at this shoot was good for the kids.