Auburn Gold Miners came out with guns a blazin’ at Colfax trapshooting tournament

By: Roxie Rice / Special to the Journal
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The Colfax High School trap team recently played host to 140 California Youth Shooting Sports Association (CYSSA) athletes from nine teams in their only home tournament fundraiser held at the Auburn Trap Club.

Locals included teams from Roseville, Lincoln, Oakmont and Colfax high schools and the Auburn Gold Miners Club.  Also represented were Truckee and De La Salle high schools, the Carson City Hot Shots and the Sierra Valley teams.

The 34-member Auburn Gold Miners, under the sagacious direction of head coach Fran Jacobs III, clearly came to shoot. With only 24 percent of the 140 shooters, the Gold Miners secured more than half of the 15 podium spots on the day.

The Auburn Gold Miners superior performance showed mastery above the competition, especially in the lower divisions, as they claimed seven of the nine spots in the Rookie, Intermediate Entry Level and Intermediate Advanced Divisions.  These categories represent youths in grades eight or younger.

Sweeping the fifth-grade and younger Rookie Division were Gold Miners Brad Rankin (shooting 85 of 100 clays), Nathan Simpson (65) and Mathew Simpson with (64).

Another Gold Miner sweep in the Intermediate Advanced Division placed Eric Windeshausen on top with a 96, Cole Reilly was second with an 85 and Jarrett Mayr finished third at 81.

In the Intermediate Entry Level Division, Gold Miner Cody Mallmann, an eleven-year-old sixth-grader at Magnolia Intermediate School, shot an impressive 90 of 100 clays, placing him first in his division.

Finally, in the Senior Division for high school-aged youths, Gold Miner Colt Chrisofk shot a 90 to take second behind Sierra Valley’s Kennedy Hood at 94.

“While competition is clearly a part of the program, it is not the underlying principle. The ‘win-at-all-costs’ philosophy has no place in CYSSA trap shooting,” said trap mom Peg Friesen, whose son consistently garners the podium for Truckee High. “Striving to win while playing by the rules does. Honoring the game, exhibiting good sportsmanship, and being a responsible team member, these are the values the teams strive to instill.”

Diane Turner and Karen Spain, the Colfax High School Trap Team fundraiser coordinators, considered the tournament fundraiser a resounding success due in large to local organizations, businesses and individuals supporting the program and the kids.

“The Meadow Vista Lions Club generously donated their time and talent to barbeque donated burgers from the Longhorn Meat Company in Auburn,” Turner said. “Bam Dazy BBQ graciously complimented the meal with beans, chips and condiments and RoxBox Photos donated all the paper goods.”

Turner continued her praise, “Thanks to our many supporters and generous cash donations from Foothill Mattress, Pacific Supply in North Highlands, Diamond Pacific in Auburn and the Auburn Boat Club, we’ll be able to help the Colfax shooters with the costs associated with shooting. We don’t want the sport to be cost prohibitive. ”

The CYSSA team participants learn the safe and responsible handling and use of firearms. They discover the joy of contributing to a shared-team goal and the commitment that goes along with it.

During this self-discovery process, team members develop proficiency in a sport that can be shared and enjoyed with family and friends for a lifetime.

Coordinator Turner added, “This is an awesome family sport. The contributions really make a difference to the kids and their continued participation in an all-inclusive sport.” 

We are reminded again that in trapshooting, no one sits on the bench.

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