Junior World Skeet set for this weekend

Caile Bradham pulled the trigger against the big boys last week and won.
Bradham, a sophomore at Tupelo High School, won the most difficult gun – .410 bore – at last weekend’s Bluff City Open skeet shoot in Memphis.
Bradham hit all 100 targets – the only shooter to do so – to capture the Class AA gun competition without a shootoff.
“I was very pleased,” he said. “I shot a 100×100 in the hardest gun you can shoot 100 with. And, I had no extra work to do because there wasn’t a shootoff.”
Bradham, 15, returns to action this week when he competes with shooters his age in the annual Junior World Skeet Shoot at Whitetail Ridge Outdoors in northern Lee County.
More than 140 shooters in the sub-junior, junior and collegiate categories have signed up to compete.
“From what I hear, it’s going to be a competitive shoot,” said Bradham, who is in his second year of competition.
Also entered in the field are world 12-gauge junior champion Brian Foley, a California native, and Ripley’s Jonathan Hopper, the 2006 high overall champion in this shoot. The University of Alabama’s skeet shooting team will also compete.
Bradham credits his instructor, former world champion Brian Rishel of Pine Grove, with much of his recent success.
“He’s the main reason I’m shooting so well,” Bradham said.
Whitetail Ridge president Dick Hollaway says the Junior World Skeet Shoot, which his club last hosted in 2005, is a “fun shoot” for the competitors, families and fans.
“It’s a great shoot, one of the largest in the country, to come watch,” he said. “I’d like to invite everybody to come out here and see these kids shoot.”
The competition begins Friday with the doubles and 12-gauge. Saturday’s lineup features the 20-gauge and 28-gauge while Sunday’s .410-bore wraps up the event.

Gene Phelps/NEMS Daily Journal