Colfax trap team off to a good start

By: Roxie Rice, Special to the Journal
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Auburn trap team holding fundraiser
The Auburn Gold Miners Trap Team, a group of kids grades 12 and under shooting for California Youth Shooting Sports Association (CYSSA), is hosting a BBQ and Fun Shoot Fundraiser on Sunday, April 14 at the Auburn Trap Club to help alleviate costs of ammunition, traveling to competitions, etc. 
For $25, those interested get 50 clay targets (two rounds of 25) and a barbecue lunch. Ammunition is not included. Shooting begins at 9 a.m. Registration opens at 8 a.m. 
The trap club is located at 11540 Lorenson Road. 
The Gold Miners team is a youth development program that shoots trap for the state of California. They compete with several other teams as they travel all over state and Nevada.
The CYSSA Clay Target Program is a team-based program for boys and girls, giving them the opportunity to participate in a supervised, shooting sports program. 
The program hopes to create teamwork, good sportsmanship, individual responsibility, self-discipline, positive academic progress and personal commitment. 
The team is hosting the fundraiser due to the rising cost of ammunition and traveling to competition.
The pre-registration deadline is April 7. Space is limited to 100 shooters. 
Trophies will be awarded and there will also be a gun raffle. 
For more information, call (916) 997-3014. 

The Colfax High School trap shooting team recently completed its first of six tournaments this season with the California Youth Shooting Sports Association (CYSSA). 

The Falcons placed second in the Division III Series Shoot, finishing just three clays behind winner Summerville (427).
The Colfax team was led by Justin Brott, who hit 94 of 100 clays, and Tanner Turner, who connected on 93 of 100.  
“We are only in our second year as a team,” said Colfax coach Ron Edwards. “We have four junior varsity shooters and eleven varsity shooters, and over one-third (six) of our team members are young ladies. The team is doing really well. They compete both individually and as a team so I think we’ll see great development this year.” 
According to Edwards, sophomore Brooke Santos and freshman Taylor Rice are two shooters to watch this season. Both are first-timers.
Santos never shot a gun prior to joining the team in January. Rice is the only freshman. 
Both Rice and Santos blasted 23 of 25 clays on their final round in Angels Camp at their recent tournament.
The Falcons are scheduled to compete again on April 6 in Lincoln at Coon Creek for their second Series Shoot. 
For more information on trap shooting, visit