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Golden Eagles locked, loaded and decorated

Del Oro trap shooting team takes first in U.S. Open
By: Sara Seyydin Journal Staff Writer
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The Del Oro High Trap Shooting Team capped off their already stellar season with a win at the California Youth Shooting Sport Association U.S. Open. The Golden Eagles, who also won the state championship for most cumulative points, took a 5-person squad to the shoot-out in Las Vegas, Nev., July 16 and17. The team has dedicated its season to Bradley Schlimmer, a teammate who passed away in a car accident in March. Each member’s gun honors him with the phrase, “Shootin’ for Schlimmer” proudly displayed Head Coach Fred Jensen said Del Oro came back from a rough day of shooting on Saturday to win the competition. Most of the other 40 or so squads had more members present. Del Oro was in a make-or-break situation. With only five shooters and a five-person scorecard, each member had to deliver their A-game. “After Saturday, they were around 20 targets out of the lead and every one of the shooters decided it would be a different day on Sunday,” Jensen said. “They came out and shot great. They pulled themselves from out of contention and into first for the high school championship.” Del Oro senior Lacie Green started trap shooting about a year and a half ago. Although she has chosen to compete in a more male-dominated sport, Green said her teammates treat her as an equal. Her skills on the range prove that she is. Green said she hits an average of 95 clay pigeons out of 100. She even chose to buy her Perazzi Mx-8 Special Combo Set Gun instead of a car. “I try to take my mind off shooting and I try to zone on the next bird, and the next bird, just take it one bird at a time,” Green said. “I was going to get a truck, but the trap guns are so expensive and I said, ‘I’d rather have a trap gun.’ Mine was $5,000.” Green said she hopes to earn a college scholarship for her on-point shooting skills, figuring that will make up for the investment in her gun. In the meantime, she is doing a heavy dose of practicing and competing. There are a couple of things that keep Green going at it. “The adrenaline rush you get from shooting,” Green said, “And all of the nice people you meet. There are so many great people in trap shooting.” Del Oro grad and Assistant Coach Buddy Jensen said Green is one the team’s most improved shooters. “A couple of our five shooters started out the year not shooting so well,” Buddy Jensen said. “We constantly told them they were just about to start rising above, and one day, everything just clicked.” For Jensen, who has made it a personal goal to see the sport of trap shooting live on, Del Oro’s win at the U.S. Open was another testament to their former teammate. “This whole season it’s all about having fun and winning anything and everything we can to honor Brad,” Buddy Jensen said. “It was pretty cool to win the U.S. Open and win the state championship. Reach Sara Seyydin at saras@goldcountrymedia.com.