Trapshooter Tim Reed of Bath had a good day on a humid Friday morning.
And when the six-time All-American is on, targets shatter. Reed hit 100 doubles targets - when two clay targets are thrown at the same time from 16 yards away - in a row to win the doubles title at the South Dakota State Shoot at the Aberdeen Gun Club.
It was the 20th state title in the various divisions for the farmer.
The conditions were really good today, said Reed. My muscles seem to work better in the warmer weather the older I get. Sometimes sweat will run into your eyes, and then you rub them and they start to burn, so you have to try to avoid rubbing them.
But the heat and humidity is just something a shooter has to deal with. When we shoot at the Grand American (World Championships in Sparta, Ill.), it is this hot every day. So it is just another day at the trap range.
Reed credited his fellow South Dakota shooters for making him better. It is pretty amazing what this state has to offer in the way of trapshooters. We have very competitive shooters in South Dakota. We probably are second to none.
South Dakota also has one of the nation's oldest state shoots. This is the 121st annual one; the world championship shoot will be 112 years old this year.
South Dakota has won the past two national team titles at the Grand American with the team of Reed, Todd Hanson of Aberdeen, Fred Nagel of Mitchell and brothers Matt and Foster Bartholow of Rapid City. Those guys are incredible, Reed said of his teammates. Plus, we have a bunch more of good shooters in this state. I just wish more people would come out and enjoy our sport.
Reed said there are positives and negatives about competing in the state shoot at your own club. It is definitely nice to be able to sleep in your own bed at night, but on the road, you just follow your routine with less distractions. At home, you are trying to help out more with the shoot.
Reed is always trying to promote his sport and said all the shooters are thankful of all the sponsors of this six-day shoot. We have a lot of great sponsors locally. I have to take my hat off to them. They really stepped up to the plate for us.
The state shoot continues today with the state singles championships - when one clay target is thrown from 16 yards away. Nagel - the state doubles runner-up Friday - is the defending singles state champion.
The state shoot will conclude Sunday with the state handicap championships. Handicaps are determined by the shooter's ability. The higher score he/she shoots, the further back he/she moves. A competitor with a high handicap will shoot no closer than the 18-yard line, while the most skilled shooter is placed at the 27-yard line.
Recent Aberdeen Central graduate Mitch McIntire is the defending state handicap champion. McIntire will be a freshman at the University of Minnesota this fall.
Here are the other state doubles champions Friday:
Class AAA: Foster Bartholow, Rapid City, 98 out of 100.
Class AA: Greg Johnson, Rapid City, 98.
Class A: Reed Bixler, Hitchcock, 98.
Class B: Mike Hettinger, Mitchell, 95.
Class C: Travis Rude, Redfield, 96.
Class D: Jerry Larsen, Stickney, 94.
Ladies: Marlene Hettinger, Mitchell, 89.
Junior: Nathan Hofer, Huron, 96.
Veteran: Robert Barker, Huron, 96.
Senior Veteran: Jim Anderson, Custer, 89.
Kirk Peil Trophy Class AAA: Tim Reed, Bath, 100.
See Scoreboard on Page 4B for results of shoots on Wednesday and Thursday and Page 1A for more trapshooting.