Killingsworth earns state all-around shooting title

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By Elissa Cronk

Mitch Killingsworth captured three of the four main titles during the 95th Louisiana State Shoot held May 2-5 at Toby Bancroft Memorial GC in West Monroe. He broke 147 plus 25 extras to collect his fifth straight and 20th total singles crown, while his 95 in the main handicap paced residents by six, earning him his second title.

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His 330×350 all-around total and 900×950 high-over-all tally led in-state competition by 12 and 39, respectively and marked his 13th championship in the all-around.

Mitch earned four additional high-gun prizes, including Thursday’s doubles plus all three of Friday’s events.

Rain fell on and off throughout the day Saturday, causing the Singles Championship to begin two hours late. With the delay, the decision was made to shorten the event to 150 targets in order to accommodate all shooters in daylight. James S. Jenkins secured his first state crown with a 91 in the doubles.

As state association secretary-treasurer, he spent much time helping to prepare for the state shoot and working throughout the tournament. He told T&F that both working and shooting at a tournament can be difficult but added; “People like Keith Heeg and many others do it all the time and do it very well. I guess this was just an opportunity for me to learn how to do it also.”

Jenkins’ other trophies included runner-up in the Handicap Championship with 89 and AA honors in the all-around and HOA with 318 and 86l. Charles Traylor III was runner-up in both the singles and doubles. Tying for the title in the 16s, he ended in the No.2 spot after one overtime round, and he claimed the second-place trophy in the twins, which he has won twice, after an 85. In Sunday’s yardage race, he fired at and broke his 25,000th handicap target and took third-place honors with 85. Rounding out the place trophies in the handicap were Jess Fitch, fourth, 84; Keith Crissman, fifth, 83; and John Cody Pollard, sixth, 8l.

Alan Sikes was veteran winner with 86, while Robert J. Miller earned senior vet honors with 84. Junior Thomas Singleton and senior vet William Corvers posted 142s to claim their respective age-group titles in the singles. Corver won the veteran crown in 2012. Thomas’ brother Hunter Singleton was sub-junior victor with 133. Louis W. Phelps successfully defended his veteran title with 126, and Brian J. Hughes broke 110 for sub-vet honors. Zachery Skippers’ 107 earned him the junior gold prize, while Doyle Brooks took chair honors with 133.

Chad Huber let just one fly unbroken to win non-resident first place in the singles, and he led visitors in the all-around with 335. Caleb Coody’s 879 landed him top HOA honors. Wendy Pennock was out-state handicap winner with 97, while 17-year-old Rhet Baxley’s 97 topped non-residents in the doubles. He had also won among outstaters in Friday’s twins with 98.

The high school junior takes part in AIM and has been shooting for four years. He also enjoys hunting, fishing and kayaking. Stephen Jeruss carded a 96 to lead Thursday’s handicap by five, and Kent Lacina was high gun in the day’s singles with 100 and carryover. Lacina told T&F that it was the first time he has won a singles event over the field.

Justin Cavett and Kim Wilson celebrated birthdays on the shoot’s final day, and they both took home trophies. Cavett was non-resident junior gold winner in the doubles and handicap, and Wilson claimed out-state sub? vet honors in the twins. Cavett also won junior gold laurels Saturday, while Wilson’s additional awards included Class B in Thursday’s and Friday’s doubles and runner-up in Thursday’s handicap. Shooters from 11 states took part in the tournament.

During the annual meeting Donny Sanders was inducted into the state Hall of Fame. Members of the state team were also recognized: Open first-captain Mitch Killingsworth, .9380; Donny Sanders, .9174; Robert LaBorde, .9099; Jim Jenkins, .9041; Bob Miller, .8892. Open second-Danny Batten, .8695; Bill Corvers, .8650; Keith Crissman, .8425; Johnny Pollard, .8389; Chuck Labanics, .8378. Category-Doyle Brooks, sub-vet, .7763; Larry Fairchild, .7971. T

he Louisiana Trapshooting Association hosted a fish fry for shooters and their guests Saturday evening.