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Area team shines at state

Colin Winter blazed a trail for the Nevada County Gold youth archery team at the California State Outdoor Championships in Long Beach May 22-23.

Winter, 14, who won the boys Cub age group (12-14) recurve bow category at this year’s Cotton Boll Classic and posted second-place finishes in both the state indoor and Pacific Coast Championships, recorded a personal-best score of 1,289 points en route to the outdoor title.

“I could have done better, but I’m happy, Winter said. “The next weekend in a team shoot in Sacramento, I had another personal best almost 30 points higher.”



The nine-member Nevada County Gold left the two-day competition with a total of six top-five finishes in five different divisions.

“The team’s performance was excellent, especially since the majority of the kids have been in the sport only two years, and some a little bit less,” team head coach Charley Washburn said. “It just shows they all have such great attitudes and dedication to the sport.”




Trelaina Borges, 14, led the way for the girls with a second-place finish in the Cadet age group (14-16) recurve competition.

” I shot very well on the first day, but on Sunday I got a little tired and started falling back.” said Borges, who finished behind 2004 USA Junior World Championship Team member Barbie Cyin of Fullerton.

For the boys, Miles Ross, 14, (Cadet) grabbed second in the compound bow division with a score of 1,281. Ross’ younger Gabe, 7, was third in the nine-and-under (Yeoman) division with a 962.

Ben Mora, 15, who took second in the Cadet compound competitions at both the state indoor and Pacific Coast championships this season, finished with a 1,217 to take third.

Alden Harris, 16, was fifth in the Cadet recurve competition at 1,084, while younger brother Nelson, 14, finished in sixth in the Cub recurve (1,124).

In the girls competition, Gemma Goepel, 13, and Sierra Mora, 13, who both compete in the Cub recurve event, posted scores of 969 and 822 to take seventh and 10th respectively.


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