by Tom Behrens
Tompkins High School Freshman Finishes 1st at San Antonio Junior Shoot Out
It has been an exciting few weeks for Connor Smock, a 15 year old Tompkins High School freshman. Smock is a member of the 4-H, and participates in shotgun sporting clays competition. On Feb. 20-21 he was in San Antonio participating in the Junior Shoot-Out. Saturday he had his personal best of 98/100 targets. He finished in 1st Place in his Age, Group I, hitting 192/200 targets. He won a Champion Belt Buckle, Patch and prizes that included a .28 Gauge Over and Under Shotgun and a Lifetime Membership to the NSCA. In the previous weekend in Goliad County 4-H Hotshots, he received 1st Place in Sporting Clays and 5th Place in Whizbang. Next event is the Ranching & Wildlife Young Guns Sporting Clays Shoot Tournament at the American Shooting Centers at 16500 Westheimer Parkway in Houston.
Connor said he was introduced to Sporting Clays about four years ago. He said it was so much fun and the recoil from the 12 gauge shotgun didn’t bother him.