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Woodcreek varsity, Granite Bay JV win U.S. Open clay shooting titles

By: Bill Poindexter/Roseville Press Tribune Sports Editor
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Woodcreek High School’s Sportsmen’s Club followed up on its fourth consecutive varsity state championship by blowing away the competition at the U.S. Open Youth Clay Shooting Championships last week in Las Vegas.

Granite Bay’s JV teams finished 1-2 in the competition at Clark County Shooting Park.

Woodcreek shot 970 out of 1,000 to win the high school division crown. That was five better than the score it posted to win the California Youth Shooting Sports Association title last month in Stockton.

Individual state champ Andrew Ripley, Conner Gray and Jack Mojica all hit 100 of 100 targets on the first day in Las Vegas, and Zac Chesmore-Nelson and Jesse Clouse each hit 97 for a total score of 494 of 500.

“That was an unbelievable first-day score,” coach Alex Gray said, adding he heard a magazine writer say he’d never seen scores that high for one day. “He said colleges and Olympic teams don’t shoot that well.”

Woodreek’s varsity also won the high school five-stand competition, and Mojica finished third in individual trap by hitting 198 of 200 targets. Mojica also was third iin the five-stand and skeet.

“Jack kind of cleaned up. Jack walked away with a lot of hardware,” Gray said. “We did awesome. The kids shot lights out again.”

Granite Bay team captain Chris Beck hit 199 of 200 clays to finish second individually. Beck tied Zane Hedgepeth of Sonora, and Hedgepeth won a shoot-off. Granite Bay’s varsity, including Beck, Chad Cassidy, Chandler Dale, Jessie Douglass, Matt Moeller, Brian McCauley, Carson Dangberg, Trevor Barnes and Perry Thompson, finished third with a 931 score.

Granite Bay’s champion JV team — Grant Dangberg, Jared Mayer, Dakota Burley, Adam Scotten, Matt Ciccarelli, Rick Warren, Austin Williams, Thomas Cartwright and Adam Gearing — had a combined score of 918, and Granite Bay’s runner-up squad totaled 896.

Clay Thomas of Del Oro was the JV individual championship, and Woodcreek JV shooter Vince Howe was third in the five-stand.