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East Texas teen brings home state shotgun championship

Nacogdoches, Texas (KETK) - An East Texas teen has something to be proud of.

He brought home a state championship in trap shooting, a shotgun event, and he couldn't have done it without help from a local skeet club.

It may be the middle of summer but some are still out there competing.

Colton Gutermuth recently returned home from the National Shooting Complex in San Antonio competing in the 4-H Shotgun Championships where he won it all in the trap shooting division.

There he represented Shelby County 4-H.

"I've done so many competitions I can't really count them but this was my first year doing really good at the state 4 H shoot," Colton Gutermuth said.

Colton Gutermuth first picked up shotgun shooting six years ago simply because "it seemed like it was fun" and he ended up loving it.

In those six years he practiced and it finally paid off.

"I ended up shooting 100 out of 100 in trap, 83 out of 100 in sporting clays, 97 out of 100 in skeet," said Colton Gutermuth. "I placed first in trap and got third overall in American competition."

For the competition, he had his share of fans in the crowd.

"It's cool to watch them compete," said Stephanie Simmons Gutermuth, Colton's mother. "This is the biggest youth shooting competition in the nation there was anywhere from 800 to 1,000 kids there..and it's just cool to watch them grow every year."

To most, shooting 100 out of 100 and beating a thousand others would earn bragging rights, but not to Colton.

"Well, it means I can do it, to me," he said. "I can go farther than I thought I could."

But Colton didn't get to the top on his own.

The Nacogdoches Skeet Club took him under their wing, and helped him become the champion he is today.

"He's a good kid, loves what he does, any time we got somebody that's wanting to that bad we'll support them 100%," said Scott Cagle, Nacogdoches Skeet Club Range Manager.
 
Colton met with them every week and his skills quickly improved.

"There's several of us guys that come out on a Sunday to shoot and he's been coming out with us," said Cagle. "We just enjoy it, we enjoy teaching him. We got Shelby County 4-H that comes out here and shoots, Nacogdoches County 4-H shoots, and any time we can do something for the kids that's our main objective." 

"They've helped me a lot," said Colton Gutermuth. "I went from shooting 19s to 25s."

And just like any baseball, football, soccer or basketball mom Colton's mother has been there for him since day one.

"When I open the trunk of my car shotgun shells fall out, you got baseball moms where baseballs fall out every time they open their door," said said Stephanie Simmons Gutermuth. "We're just there for support and to help them out and help them succeed in what they want to do."

And Colton already knows what he wants to do.

"It's actually one of my dreams to shoot on a college team," he said.
what about the Olympics? 
"that's another one but I'm taking it one step at a time," he said.

It looks like he has a good shot at that too.


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