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On overcast skies and windy weather, 195 FFA Trapshooting teams from 20 high school FFA chapters competed for the coveted Washington FFA State Invitational Trapshooting Championship at the Wenatchee Gun Club on Friday, April 18 and Saturday, April 19. When the final shot was done, the Omak High School FFA Trapshooting team won their second Washington FFA State Trapshooting Champions in three years.
The 3 team members highest scores total a 275 out of the 300 birds competition. Omak FFA #1 team edged out Freeman FFA by one bird. Freeman #1 finished a second with a score of 274/300; Colville #1 placed third with a 268/300; Eastmont #1 scored a 268/300 for fourth place and Kettle Falls #1 placed fifth with a 265/300 score. Rayce Miller placed third overall in the state with his score of 95/100. Top score was a 96/100 by Darwin Mitchell of the Colville FFA #1 team. Jeremy Calentine missed the trophy round by one bird hitting 91/100 to place seventh overall. The Omak FFA #1 team members were Jeremy Calentine (91/100), Ethan Pfitzer (84/100), Rayce Miller (95/100), Clayton Hilton (85/100) and Cameron Daigneau (89/100). Jeremy’s, Rayce’s and Cameron’s scores were the ones that gave the championship to Omak. The Omak FFA #2 of Dawson Sachse (81/100), Daniel Barrientos (54/100), Cooper Routien (48/100), Tommy McNulty (80/100) and Wyatt Wilson (75/100) finished with a score of 236/300 (team placing was not available). FFA Advisor, Mr. Gale Wilson said, “it was a fitting way for the 3 Seniors on the team (Jeremy, Ethan and Rayce) and myself to end a 4 year successful run. Wilson started the trapshooting team in 1997 when it was just starting out on the eastside of Washington by several FFA Chapters. FFA Advisor Wilson will be retiring from teaching after his year and said, “I hope that the team continues on the tradition with the new FFA Advisor. “ The Omak FFA Trapshooting teams have accumulated over the past 6 year at the State FFA Trapshoot two championships, two second place finishes, one 3 place and one fourth place trophies. This is the second year the team has come home with the Harry Family Traveling Trophy given to the State Champion team.
Friday night saw the State FFA Trapshooting Game Events in which Rayce Miller won the State FFA Annie Oakley champion trophy and Daniel Barrientos received the second place trophy in the same event. Rayce also placed fifth in the Chipper competition. Wyatt Wilson took home the fourth place trophy in the State Miss-n-Out competition. Ethan Pfitzer and teammate Morgan O’Brien of the Tonasket FFA won the State FFA Buddy Shoot competition in a shoot off by hitting all ten of their birds.
Mr. Wilson would like to thank all the Omak FFA parents who over the past 17 years of trapshooting competition for their support, contributions and help that made this team sport a success. He also would like to thank the community members and businesses for their support and contributions in making the Omak FFA Trapshooting contest in March on of the most successful and largest FFA Chapter Trapshooting competition. Gale concluded that the FFA members in this sport will continue with it well into the adulthood. The sport teaches the shooter discipline, eye-hand coordination, judgment when to shoots and most of all a graceful winner as well as a graceful loser.