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Friday, November 6, 2015

Having a Blast in Alaska

Adam Trujillo hat toss
They lined up by the dozens, raised their shotguns and waited for the fateful moment. A baseball cap flew into the air and the guns boomed. The hat, now riddled with tiny holes, floated back to the earth below as the shooters flashed smiles of satisfaction.

“This is considered quite an honor, and most athletes will hang up their ‘trophy hat,’ which is now blasted to smithereens!’ said Lindy Moss of the Alaska Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP).

The cap belonged to Adam Trujillo of Soldotna who took top honors in the men’s and women’s trap division at the Alaska SCTP-Youth Education in Shooting Sports (YESS) 2015 State Tournament. Trujillo shot his first ever 100-straight in trap. He had never shot 25-straight before—an accomplishment alone that qualified him, and several others, for the honorary hat toss. 

Adam Trujillo
The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation contributed $3,500 in grant funding which allowed every athlete and team to receive ammunition at a substantial cost reduction.

“The ability to provide ammo at a discount for all athletes ensures that everyone is able to take advantage of more targets, more practices, more events, more training and experience. This was especially important for our long distance teams who not only saved several hundred dollars on ammo for their athletes, but also saved the hassle of having to spend time shopping for ammo supplies instead of participating in training, practice and fun events at state,” added Moss.

The 11th annual Alaska SCTP-YESS State Championship was the largest yet with 97 athletes representing 15 teams. The theme was “Going for the Gold in the Greatland.” And that’s exactly what participants did. More families also attended the event than ever before. The gathering also included drawings for guns, knives, shooting accessories and other door prizes.

Go here to read more about the tournament.

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