De La Salle High's trap club traveled to Las Vegas during the week of July 8-12 for the annual US Open Youth Clay Shooting Championships competition and captured its first U.S. Open title as well as several other Division I Varsity awards.
The Spartans' shooting team, made up of students from both De La Salle and Carondelet, is led by head coach Wade Haley.
They captured the US Open championship with a combined score of 988 from their top five shooters turned in by Sam Dyer (200), Jeremy Connelly (199), Bianca Delfabro (198), Michael Marymee (196), and Emanuel Rovirosa (195).
Over 300 competitors attended the event held at the Clark County Shooting Park. The event was attended by over 300 competitors throughout the western United States.
The four-day event featured one day each of sporting clays and skeet shooting and two days of trap competition.
On day one of the event, Dyer, Marymee, and Sam Douville took second place in the Varsity High School Division I "High Three" category with a combined score of 454 as shooters competed in skeet shooting.
On day two, the Spartans scored again with a second place finish from Dyer, Austin Dron, and Andrew Fairfield in the sporting clay event with a score of 190.
Other local competitors, the Diablo Valley Junior Skeet Club, scored first place finishes in skeet and sporting clays for the Club Division.
In the main trap shooting event, Dyer and Connelly turned in flawless scores of 100, followed by near perfect scores from Delfabro (99), Kyle Savio (98), Andrew Fairfield (98), Rovirosa (98), and Marymee (97).
The Spartans proved to be just as strong on day two. Dyer repeated his performance from day one turning in another perfect 100-straight for a final score of 200.
In a shoot off, Dyer eventually finished second and Connelly finished fourth.
The Spartans Green Squad made up of Dyer, Connelly, Rovirosa, Marymee, and Douville took second place in the High School Division I Varsity High-Squad award with a score of 972 out of 1000 targets.
Allison Haley from the Martinez Gun Club finished third in the Intermediate Entry Division with a score of 189.