Rector juniors start shooting program with a bang

Thursday, June 21, 2012
Rector Junior Trap Shooting members who advanced to the third round of state competition include, from left: Coach Joseph Scott, Garrett Groves, Case Watson, Lawson Ford, Chase Scott, Hunter Ellis and coach Michael Hollis. (Photo provided)

It was a strong start for the Rector Junior Trap Shooting program in its very first season of competition. A large group of students in the sixth through eighth grades took part in the inaugural season, with much collective and individual success.

Rector had shooters take fourth place in regional competition with more than 100 teams taking part, picking up momentum going into the state shooting competition. The Rector team comprised of Garrett Groves, Case Watson, Lawson Ford, Chase Scott and Hunter Ellis advanced to the third round at the state level with an impressive showing. Rector defeated Jasper in first round state competition, 97-85. The boys advance with a 110-97 second round win over Southside B Branch. The boys gave a solid effort in the third round, falling to Shiloh, 105-94.

"They really impressed us for it being their first year," coach Joseph Scott said. "The trap shooting program is a really good thing because it teaches the gun safety and proper handling."

Scott and Michael Hollis not only volunteer their time as coaches for the program, but also have attended the mandatory training offered by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission amidst their busy regular schedules.

"It's something we both wanted to do because we knew how much it meant to the kids," Scott said.

Scott acknowledged the efforts of every participant in the Rector program. The group is comprised of five member squads. The remaining talented young shooters in the program are Garrett Buck, Alex Smith, Hunter McNeeley, Huston Highfill, Ty Haney, Cutter Guite, Easton Tracy, Sam Simmons, Kirk Beshears, Hunter Householder, Isaac Richardson, "Bam" Westbrook and Tabor Trail.

The program also had a swuad which second in a tournament at Batesville during the season. Individual achievements were accomplished, as well. Garrett groves finished first individually in tourney action. Hunter Ellis captured a first place finish in double and a third place in in single-firing events.

"It was a great season," Scott said. "We're proud of the boys for how well they've done."

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