Central High School senior Travis Dickson has played on Carden-Jarrell Field in a football jersey, but it is in his CHS Claybusters uniform that he does his best work.
Dickson was recently named a 2014 Junior All-American by the Amateur Trapshooting Association, making the second team.
Dickson, who was 11 when he started the sport, says he was drawn to trapshooting for a variety of reasons but it is the people that stand out.
“It’s different from football and baseball. I played football at the high school too, but everyone gets to participate and you get know a ton of people,” said Dickson. “I know people all the way from Illinois to Florida who I never would have met outside the sport.”
The All-American team is selected based on points earned at major ATA shooting events throughout the year. The 2014 team is based on shoots from 2013, Dickson’s junior year. He traveled to seven out-of-state competitions last year and “countless” local shoots en-route to shooting over 10,000 tournament targets. To earn All-American points you have to finish in the top two in your division at a competition and the more shooters at the event, the more points awarded.
“Being named an All-American is great, I know I can go compete with some of the best shooters in the nation and World, it’s a good feeling.”
His best competition last year was the Kentucky state shoot, winning doubles, high overall and high all around…
Read more in this week’s (Jan29) print edition of the Manchester Times.