By Lars Dalseide | June 18 2011 09:13

The Anoka County Union follows a young smallbore shooter's journey from St. Francis High School to the National Junior Olympics Championships in Camp Perry, Ohio:

Shooting: Abby West is a rising star with an air rifle

NRA Competitive Shooting Division on NRAblog She used to play softball and basketball, but by her own admission was not very good at either sport.

When she got into sharp shooting, however, soon-to-become St. Francis High School sophomore Abby West not only proved she was good, but very good at this sport.

And with her efforts earlier this spring in the state 3-P (three-position — standing, pone, kneeling) air rifle competition, West earned the chance to prove her marksmanship skills on the national stage June 28-30 in Ohio.

She will be shooting against some of the nation’s top air rifle sharp shooters in the 15 to 18 division at Camp Perry (near Port Clinton) during National Junior Olympics Championships.

She qualified by scoring greater than a 525 (out of a possible 600) at the state championships in April. West’s score was not perfect, but her 541 was nonetheless stellar. Perfect score of 600 — all bullseyes?

“I have only cleaned a target once, and that has been it so far,” she said. “It’s tough to do [clean a target with all bulls eyes], but every once in a while I do come close, maybe within a point or two of a perfect score.”

Read the rest of Abby's story here.

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