LAKE HAVASU CITY — The weather was perfect for shooting. And the teams so evenly matched, one division in every event went to a shoot-off.
The Lake Havasu Clay Slayers youth shooting team hosted the Fun Shoot at Lake Havasu, at the Lake Havasu City Sportsman Club, at SARA Park, Friday and Saturday, and came away the medal count winner but it took three sudden death shoot-offs to lock down the win.
The Clay Slayers finished with 27 medals, the Yuma Young Guns were second wit 16, the Mohave Top Guns out of Kingman finished third with 12 and the Mohave Green Shotgun Team from Yucca had one. The Clay Slayers and Young Guns tied with seven first place medals each while the Top Guns finished with six.
Also participating in the shoot was the Ben Avery Clay Crushers, of Phoenix. A total of 73 shooters were on hand for the event.
One of the shoot-offs was the final shooting of the day, a three-way tie between Lake Havasu City’s Jonathan Zilberman, Yuma’s Austin Solis and Kingman’s Tye Jorgenson, for the overall winner in the Junior Varsity Division. Jorgenson was knocked out in the first round when he missed his first target but Zilberman and Solis were perfect through four rounds. Solis missed his fifth shot while Zilberman made it five-for-five to take the gold medal.
“My heart was beating so fast. I never won a shoot-off before,” said Zilberman. “Austin and I are pretty even and we’d been competing all day. So it was nice to go up against him here.”
The top shooter on the day was Yuma’s Chase Stewart, who won the Overall Varsity Division with a target total of 135. He also took first in 5 Stand with 43 of 50 targets and first in Skeet with a perfect 50.
Kingman took two Overall gold medals — Jack Cavender in Intermediate Entry with 90 and Boyce Privetts in Rookie.
The other Overall winner was Lake Havasu City’s Charlie Wachtel, with a 127 in Intermediate Advanced. Wachtel also took first in 5 Stand with a 36, first in Skeet with a 37 and second in Trap with a 44.
“I practice for this a lot,” Wachtel said. “It helps a lot that it was here and this is where I practice all the time. And I like the distracting background; I think it’s easier.”
In Trap, Lake Havasu City’s Tyler Ross finished first in Varsity with a 50, Zilberman took the gold in Junior Varsity with a 48, Yuma’s Tyler Hoogendoorn was first in Intermediate Advanced with a 47, Cavender won Intermediate Entry with a 48 and Yuma’s Benjamin Arbogast won Rookie with a 19.
The other 5 Stand winners were Solis in Junior Varsity with a 40, Lake Havasu City’s Kiel Galvin in Intermediate Entry with a 17 and Privetts in Rookie.
In Skeet, Jorgenson won Junior Varsity with a 47, Cavender won Intermediate Entry with a 31 and Arbogast won Rookie with a 15.
The Lake Havasu Clay Slayers participate in the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s Scholastic Clay Target Program and is open to students from 9-years-old to senior in college. Practice takes place at the Lake Havasu City Sportsman Club every Wednesday and Saturday. For more information, contact head coach Andy Wachtel at 928-486-8607.
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