The week of July 11-18 proved to be especially fruitful for members of the Xavier Hotshots Shotgun Team (club) as it participated in the SCTP (Scholastic Clay Target Program) National Virtual Competition at the Ben Avery Clay Target Center in north Phoenix.
Twelve athletes comprised the Xavier contingent, ranging from recently graduated seniors (2020) to upcoming sophomores, juniors and seniors (2020-21).
The event, which featured clubs from across the country, was coordinated by the Arizona Game & Fish Department, which made certain that all the participants were following state protocols for practicing safe distancing and face masks when appropriate.
Xavier Head Coach Brian Trapp said he was proud of the team’s performance as well as how the girls handled themselves in regard to the health concerns.
Perhaps the top shooter for the Gators was recent graduate Megan Olson, one of the team captains in the last school year.
Competing in the American Skeet event, Olson took second place for the Ladies Senior Varsity, and her score of 192 out of 200 was the 13th best score for all of the 230 athletes.
In that same event, Olson, graduate Jessie Silverstein and senior-to-be Jaden Billeter finished fifth of 32 teams.
Those three shooters combined for another strong finish in Skeet Doubles. Olson totaled a score of 191 and won the top Ladies Honors, while Silverstein and Billeter were third and fourth, respectively. Sophomore-to-be Lily Nelles was second in the Junior Varsity ladies’ division.
Olson, Billeter and Silverstein combined to finish second of 14 teams.
In the Trap event, Olson shot 182 and finished in the No. 9 spot in the ladies’ Senior Varsity division. The event had 43 participants, and Billeter and Silverstein finished 10th and 14th, respectively. Sophomore-to-be Berdina Riggs was eighth out of 23 entrants in the Junior Varsity competition for Trap.
Olson was third in the ladies’ Senior Varsity division in the Trap Handicap, and joined recent graduate Samantha Cardinal, senior-to-be Bailey Claywell, senior-to-be Chiara Schouten and graduate Grace Cromey to finish second in the team competition. Riggs was second in the Junior Varsity ladies’ division.
Riggs was third in the Junior Varsity Trap Doubles.
Coach Trapp summed it all up when he said, “What a great performance!”