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Trapshooter aims for the stars

Cindy Ramunno

GYPSUM – Eagle Valley High School junior Nick Deering is not only aiming high – he’s hitting his target. Though the Eagle native has only been trapshooting for two years, he is already ranked nationally and is on the six-member high school state team. “I started shooting with the 4-H Whistling Bullets, with Chris Huffman and Jim Buckelew coaching me,” said Deering, the son of longtime local Diane Gress and the grandson of Eagle residents Donna and Don Gress. Deering said he got hooked on the sport at an Amateur Trapshooting Association competition in August, 2004. He now competes with the Eagle Trap Shooting Club, where Huffman, whom Deering calls an excellent teacher, is his coach. Deering also works at the club. “We have a blast down there,” said Deering of the club, which is off the I-70 exit in Gypsum. The local team practices every Tuesday and Wednesday from 4 p.m. until dark. Shooters need a basic shotgun, shooting glasses, ear plugs and a box of shells. “Nick is an honest, dependable, hard-working kid – he loves trapshooting and he’s a talented shooter,” Eagle Valley High teacher John Ramunno said. Trapshooting competitions take place in Gypsum, Craig, Colorado Springs and other parts of Colorado. Shooters are judged on singles scores, doubles scores and handicap. Trapshooters scores are tallied up over several competitions. Deering made the state team with an average score of 85 percent, and is set to compete in the national competition in Illinois this July. The team will practice in Colorado Springs at the Olympic Training Center.Deering was recently ranked 12th nationally, which first among the four Coloradans on the list. Deering hadn’t even realized he was ranked nationally until the Vail Daily found the rankings on the trapshooting association’s Web site. “No way,” he said. “I can’t believe that – that’s so cool.” Vail, Colorado

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