OXFORD – For the past six years, the Oxford Junior Shooters have organized the only team in New York State to attend the annual national trapshooting competition. During the last competition in Sparta, Illinois, two members of the junior team placed in the top 20. Scott Gregory and David Covey placed 16th and 19th, respectively, making them among the best junior trapshooters in the nation.
Trapshooting is similar to skeet shooting, which recently received a lot of attention when Kimberly Rhode, 33, became the first American to win five individual medals five years in a row during her near perfect record-setting Olympic performance. The major difference between skeet shooting and trapshooting is the number of locations the clay pigeons targets are lunched from. Whereas trapshooting utilizes a single launch point, skeet shooting uses multiple ones. Even though trapshooting fires clay pigeons into the air from only one launcher, the trajectory is random, forcing shooters to remain on their toes.