A pair of Los Banos shooters, Jared Crist and Kyle Kano, won individual championships and two LB Tigers Trap Team squads took first at the U.S. Open Youth Clay Shooting Championships July 10 to 13 in Las Vegas.
All five members of the Smashers, LB's junior-varsity team, shot 195 or better on their way to a JV championship with a 980 total score Jared Crist and Joseph Reinbold each shot 197, Marcel Espinoza 196 and Mark Barcellos and Joshua Lopes each tallied 195. A&A Shooters' Kiowa squad came a distant second at 923.
Meanwhile, the Los Banos Dead Eyes squad won the intermediate-entry standings at 930, with individual shooters Kyle Kano shooting 198, Jared Collier a 189, Joseph Giuliani a 185, Mason Tarr a 181 and Ali Viera a 177, defeating second-place Coon Creek by 43 targets.
"They did fabulous," Los Banos coach Darrell Mello said. "They're all great shooters, and they did an excellent job."
Individually, Reinbold, Crist and Jacob Eval of the Silver State Claybreakers all tied at 197. Crist won the resulting shoot-off, Eval placed second and Reinbold slipped to third. LB dominated the top of the JV individual standings, with Espinoza tying for fourth and Lopes and Barcellos tying for sixth.
Kano's 198 won him the IE championship by nine targets, with Collier's 189 earning him second place. Giuliani tied for sixth and Tarr tied for 12th. Derek Worrell tied for second in intermediate-advanced with a 198, but couldn't top Jack Roth of Coon Creek's perfect 200.
Other LB shooters included Aaron Baumgartner (195, 11th), D.J. Mello (192, 19th), Jonathon Pinto (191, 26th), Jason Chew (186, 54th) and Ryan Wood (177, 79th) in varsity; Noah Lima (189, 16th), Estevan Medina (188, 18th), Trey Avila (182, 34th) and Michaela Kissinger (181, 36th) in JV; Scotty Crist (180, 16th), Hunter Kahn (177, 22nd), Chris Young (169, 29th) and Thomas Gann (160, 32nd) in IA; and Hayden Tarr (171, fourth) and Nathan Lima (139, 11th) in rookie.
The Tigers will send one team to the Amateur Trapshooting Association's AIM youth championships next week in Sparta, Ill. D.J. Mello, Jared Crist, Mark Barcellos, Joshua Lopes and Marcel Espinoza will represent Los Banos.
"In the AIM state shoot, we qualified first in our category," Darrell Mello said. "Anybody can go, but we like to feel we earn it."
The club held a linguica drive-through dinner to raise funds for the trip. Mello said the team would make the trip a day early to get used to the Midwest humidity.
"DJ's been back there three times, Lopes has been there once, and for the other three it will be a brand-new experience for them," Mello said. "I have all the confidence in the world in these guys. They can compete with anybody in the world. I think they're the best shooters in California."
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