CICERO - With two Ladies (New York) State Singles Championships in the past four years - she was the runnerup in the other two - and a selection as an Amateur Trap Association (ATA) first-team All-American already under her belt, it's no secret that Jamestown native Tiffany Decker has consistently shown herself to be one of the top trap shooters the area, and the state, has to offer.
Well, true to form, she proved it again.
Competing at the 152nd annual Empire State Trapshooting Championships from July 9-14 at the New York State Amateur Trap Association Home Grounds in Cicero, Decker once again cleaned up the competition, capturing not only a NYS Lady 1 Doubles championship, but also the NYS Lady 1 Handicap and NYS Lady 1 High All-Around titles as well.
Decker hit a whopping 97 (out of a possible 100) targets in becoming the Lady 1 Handicap champion, 91 in the Doubles championship and a grand total of 374 for the High All-Around title.
But while it was Decker that racked up the most hardware at this year's edition of the Empire State Trapshooting Championships, she wasn't the only shooter from Chautauqua County to best the competition.
Cassadaga Valley's Dalton Becker also brought home a title - the NYS Sub Junior Singles Championship - while Stephanie Tutmaher and Bonnie Whalen were runnersup in their respective events.
Tutmaher hit 189 of 200 targets for second in the Lady 1 Singles Championship while Whalen was second in the Lady 2 Singles Championship when she shot 188 of 200.
Becker, who earlier this summer earned the Southern Tier Scholastic Youth Trap League's male high-gun runnerup award, came home from Cicero as the NYS Sub Junior Champion - he won it by a one-target margin - when he drilled 194 of 200 total (that's an outstanding 97-percent accuracy rate).
But he wasn't done there, he also competed in the Biekirch Handicap event, hit 96 targets and finished seventh overall - amongst both male and female shooters of all ages - out of 424 competitors and, later, was the Sub Junior winner in the Ronald McDonald House fundraiser event, hitting 97 of 100.