Kenneth Lee of Winston, MO, was the national champion collegiate shooter with a score 199 out of 200 at the Grand American World Trap Shooting Championships in Sparta, Ill., on Aug. 8-9, 2009.
Five out of the 12 local team members of Venture Crew shot their best ever at the youth program for amateur trap shooters, called Academics, Integrity and Marksmanship (AIM). The Geezers team received third place with a team score of 940/1,000. Jackie and Kenny Lee, both of Winston, received the brother/sister trophy with a score of 389/400.
Other trophies received by Venture Crew were as follows: Collegiate — Byron Taber III, third place B Class 192/200; Jackie Lee, champion C Class 190/200; Barry Pabst, runner up in D Class 166/200; Chris Peeler was third place collegiate team; subjuniors: Tabitha Piburn, runner up C class 186/200.
Coaches Melvin Lee, Bryan Piburn and Byron Taber Jr. took 12 youth to the shooting competition which ran from Aug.5-15 in Sparta. Also attending were Aaron Piburn of Winston; Seth Kurtz of Claksdale; Payden Thompson of Stewartsville; Brandon Taber of Richmond; and Rachel Michael of Winston.
Teams and individuals vied for champion, runner up, and third place in each category. The five categories are based on age and include: pre-sub junior for 11 and under; sub junior for 12 to 15; junior for 15-18; graduates for 19 to 23; and collegiate. Different classes in each categories are based on average scores in the competition.