LANSING — Noah Gouge is quickly running out of places to put all of his shooting trophies.
Gouge, a rising senior at Ashe County High School, took home the Junior High Overall and High All Around championship in three state shoots, North Carolina, South Carolina and Pennsylvania.
Overall, Gouge picked up trophies in 28 events in the three state shoots.
The first stop was in South Carolina where Noah competed against shooters from 16 different states and a total of 1,026 entries in 12 events. Gouge won nine trophies, including the high overall and high all around for juniors.
Next up in North Carolina, Gouge steamrolled the competition, winning 10 of 12 events, competing against 1,725 entries from 15 states.
Gouge took home the singles, doubles, high overall, high all around and handicap championships in the junior division. Gouge was also the second highest shooter of all classes. He hit 1,259 of his 1,300 targets in the high overall and 393 of 400 targets in the high all around.
The final stop of the three-week-long shooting tour was in Elysburg, Pennsylvania for the state shoot. He nailed 1,065 of his 1,100 targets in the high overall and 391 of 400 targets in the high all around to capture the junior championship. The Pennsylvania state shoot saw over 11,000 entries from 27 states and three Canadian provinces. Noah also won the junior championship in singles, doubles and handicap.
Overall, Gouge had the third highest all-around score of all shooters in Pennsylvania and had the seventh highest overall score out of all shooters.
Currently, Noah ranks third in the country in Junior All-American points with over 1,400 points earned in six shoots.
Gouge has four more big shoots left in the season. He will head to Virginia and New York for a pair of state shoots and then to the Southern Zone in North Carolina.
After those three events in three weeks, Noah will have 10 days off before the big prize, the Grand American in Sparta, Illinois.
Nathan Ham can be reached at 336-489-3062.