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Jim Franz/Beloit Daily News Konner Giddley, right, and his father Dave finished 1-2 overall in the Izaak Walton League Beloit Chapter Trapshooting League.

BELOIT - Before they stood on the firing line for their first of 12 weeks of adult league trapshooting on the Izaak Walton range, David Giddley gave his 14-year-old son Konner the "don't get too big for your britches" speech.

The Turner eighth grader has been a trapshooting phenom since he scored a perfect round - 25-for-25 hitting the soaring 4 1/2 inch discs - when he was 10.

But one thing he hadn't done was score better than his father, who had blasted as many as 200 straight "birds."

"He had not beat me on a trap line ever," Dave said. "I told him in this 12-week league I'm sure you're going to beat me one or two times."

Konner did a little better than that. With a clutch performance on the final night of shooting, the Turner eighth grader came-from-behind to not only win his own adult league, but score better than his father, who had won his division.

The shooters shot 50 rounds per night and over 12 weeks they took aim at 600 targets. Konner scored 546 while the runnerup in his division hit 543. Dave was able to win the higher division with 539, meaning father and son captured the Club's high gun awards.

"I sure didn't expect him to beat me overall," Dave said with a chuckle. " For a 14-year-old kid to do what he did is pretty impressive. Brad Knipp is our treasurer and at the team awards night he did some research with clubs he knew and asked if they ever had a youth shoot in an adult league and win it or have they ever had a father-son shoot in the same league win the top two awards. It's pretty special. I'm a proud dad even though he beat me. I did teach him everything he knows."

Konner's title didn't come easy.

"He shot very well in the first round, but the other guy ran 25 so Konner was down three going into the last 25," Dave said. "I told him he was down so just go out and have fun. The guy missed six targets in the second round and Konner ran his for the win, 47-44, and ended up beating him by three targets."

This was Konner's first appearance in the adult league.

"They decided to put five kids together to shoot on a team in the league," Dave daid. "He just went out and kicked some butt."

Did the adult shooters appreciate it when they were routinely spanked by a kid?

"He has been coming out here so long that they treat him like one of theirs," Dave said. "It's a real good group of people."

They admire a kid who also finds time to be a standout baseball player as well as a football player for Turner's eighth grade squad.

His favorite pastime?

"It's between basketball and trapshooting," Konner said. "I like coming out the range and shooting with my friends. But I also like to be competitive."

His dad tried to start a trapshooting club team at Turner, but hasn't been successful so far.

"I had 20 or so seventh-graders from Turner shooting in 2017," he said. "I tried to get the team off the ground, but never got a call back from the school. It really is the fastest growing sport in the state right now. Parkview and Clinton are starting up teams. The league would be in the spring and it would be a club sport so it wouldn't interfere with other school sports."

Another trapshooting league at Izaak Walton starts this week, but Konner will pass this time.

"I've got basketball practice starting in two weeks," he said.

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