Alaska’s top trap shooters return to action at State Shoot in Fairbanks

Updated: Jun. 16, 2021 at 5:55 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - For over 60 years, the state’s most accurate compete in the Alaska State Trap Shoot, but similar to many sporting events in 2020, the event was put on hold as the world grappled with the COVID-19 pandemic. Over the weekend, shooters from as young as 14 to ages 75 and up competed at the State Trap Shoot at the Fairbanks Trap Club, while powering through unfavorable weather.

While many were a year removed from the range, there was no rust on the gun of Ryan Costani, who was the high overall, all-around and singles champion at the Alaska State Pacific International Trapshooting Association Trap Shoot. Costani, of Dutch Harbor, hit the first 100 clay pigeon targets to begin the singles event, before finishing 198/200 to claim victory, edging Brian Hughes of Fairbanks, who scored 197.

In the all-around event, Costani found himself in another tight match, this time with Jerry Godkin of Juneau. Tied at 377, the two went to a shoot off, where Costani took the crown.

“It is just a great, great group of people,” Costani said while describing the trapshooting community in the state. “We have people from Juneau, Dutch Harbor, Anchorage, Wasilla, all over the place and it is kind of one big event for the year where everybody can get together and see each other, because it is so hard to travel in the state of Alaska, so it is nice to be able to have one event where everybody can come together and have a good time.”

The Doubles title went to Charles Scherer, of Anchorage, with a score of 94/100, where Hughes finished runner-up once again. In the handicap event, Anchorage’s Brett Nieder and Juneau’s Trygvy Hermann, a 14-year old from Juneau, tied at 94, leading to a shoot off where Nieder was victorious.

Up next on the Fairbanks Trap Club schedule, the registered Midnight Sun Shoot on June 19.

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