By Lars Dalseide | October 17 2011 08:56

Garrett Spurgeon smiles at his 2011 Smallbore Camp Perry finish Port Clinton, Ohio - Everyone tends to focus on the champ. Who comes in first, walks away with the crown, puts their name on the wall for all to remember. Before the year before they come in first, however, their name usually comes in second. And that could very well be the case for Garrett Spurgeon who, at the age of 17, took second place in this year’s National Smallbore 3-Position Championship.

“I started shooing about ten years ago,” said Spurgeon. “First with 4-H, then at local NRA competitions, USA Shooting … anywhere and everywhere.”

That’s a story you hear from a lot of shooters. What you don’t hear is how they miss winning the overall National Championship at Camp Perry by a mere three points on their first try. That’s Garrett’s story. But it shouldn’t be that much of a surprise.

After all, it was only a few months earlier that he earned a silver medal at the National Junior Olympic Championships in Colorado Springs … his fourth trip into the National Junior Olympic ring. Quite the feat for the rising Canton High School senior. So will the magic continue next year?

“I plan to keep shooting competitively in college,” said Spurgeon. “I’ve been looking. There are no favorites yet, and school comes first, but I am looking.”

If keeps shooting like this, the colleges will be looking at him too.

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