The three varsity winners of the Carson Trap Shoot, first place Cody Mallman, of the Del Oro Sportsmens Club, left, second place Aiden Doll, from Wood Creek High School, and third place Lassen Claybreaker Tyler Johnson Saturday, April 6. Photo submitted

Claybreakers take top spot in Carson

The Lassen Claybreakers hit the road to Carson City, Nevada. Unpredictable, windy conditions met the Grizzlies at Carson.

It was a 100-target event with the possible team score of 500.

For the varsity it was team captain Tyler Johnson smoking 96 targets and landing him a five-way tie for third place and a five man shoot off.

In the first 25, a shooter from Woodcreek went down, then another and another and when the smoke cleared it was Johnson who came out the victor after 100 extra rounds.

Next for varsity was Zach Pettus crushing 95 targets, then Caleb Montgomery, Wyatt Gould, and Keegan Divine all shot 94, followed by Bailey Spalding and Jewel Kerby with 91.

Jake McCart shot an 88, followed by little sister Rylee McCart with an 87, and Kendahl Loflin with another 87.

Dillon Ross finished with an 85, Nate Biggs with an 82, Morgan Rausch shot an 81, followed by Parker Somerville to round out the varsity and a team score of 473 out of 500 which tied the Grizzlies for first place with Sutter.

With nine points ahead of third place, Wheatland’s 464, Coach Phil Giusti commented, “although we tied this one with Sutter, were ahead of them in points, and I don’t see my varsity team giving in without a huge fight to keep on top.”

For the JVs the top shooter was Dylan Stark crushing 95 targets followed by Aidan Adams 93 total targets. Team captain Will Pickens shot a 91, followed by Alexis Pickens with an 89, Daniel Jones and Logan Growdon each shot 88.

Michael Cizin finished with 85 targets, Titus Toscano and Chase Roby shot 82, then Rylon Pickens, Dharma Jones and Kat Baldwin filled out the JV roster giving the JV a team score of 456 out of 500, their best so far this year.

The JV’s team score beat second place Sutter’s 434 by 22 targets and third place Barean Christians 408 by a whopping 48 points.

Coach Giusti commented, “I am so proud of each and every one of my students. This year they just keep getting better. Some of the other coaches think I have a magic wand or something to make the team shoot this good.

“I have to say my magic wand is work-work-work, practice-practice-practice then more practice, and it shows with the dedication and the time that these students put in.”

Giusti continued, “Tyler Johnson put on a good demonstration in that 100 target shoot off where he fought and fought round after round and never thought about how tired or nervous he was.

“I knew he was going to win it from the first shot fired. I just didn’t think it was going to take that long, Johnson came over to me after the shoot off and showed me his hands that were violently shaking,

“I said, what’s up Ty, to which he replied, ‘I don’t think I have ever been this nervous in my life.’ I replied, well you could have fooled me, because he looked as calm as calm could be.

“For the JV’s Dylan Stark really shined after missing the last shoot because of the flu and smoked 95 for us.

He continued, “Our scores might have seemed down a little for this shoot and it was because of the unpredictable wind we had to shoot in.

“The targets were all over the place all day long. In the teams short three and a half seasons we have put 24 shooters on the podium and brought home 10 top three awards for the series shoots and finals.”

The Lassen Grizzly Claybreakers next target is the Coon Creek range on Saturday, April 27.