On Saturday May, 3 at 4:45 a.m., five young men, their parents, and coach met at BGHS to begin a three-hour trip to attend the Paul Larsen Memorial Missouri High school Trapshooting Championship.
There were 972 shooters on 195 teams attending the event.
Bowling Green’s FFA Trapshooting team, shoots both in the late summer through fall and in the spring. The conditions the team shoots in vary from 100° sunny, dry days to 40° rainy, windy days, and everything in the middle.
The Bowling Green FFA Trapshooting squad was made up of captain Mason Graham and members Dakota McEntee, Dustin Harness, Austin Noble, and Garrett Swarnes. They were coached by FFA adviser Matt Graves.
These five young men each shot at 100 clay birds. As a squad they shot 472/500, a squad average of 94.4 birds out of a 100.
The squad leader in points was Mason Graham shooting 100/100. This qualified Graham for the Grand Champion shoot off. Graham shot incredibly well placing fifth overall out of 972 shooters, He placed first among shooters in the FFA Division and was the champion shooter in the high school senior division, for which he received a belt buckle.
As a team, the Bowling Green FFA placed second in the FFA division. The team was awarded a team plaque, and each team member will receive a pin and belt buckle.
“I am very proud of these young men! It would be hard to ask for a better day shooting. I have never seen the squad so focused, with every member bringing his A-game of busting birds,” said Mr. Graves.
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