REED CITY - A national shooting champion was on hand at the Reed City Sportsman Club on Wednesday through Friday to lend advice to youngsters and adults, and the reaction from the students was very impressive.

Nora Ross, of Martinsville, Ohio, gave lessons on trap singles on Wednesday for 10 boys and girls ages 12 to 16.

"You're 16 yards away from the trap house," Ross pointed out.

The session started at 9 a.m. and ended around late afternoon.

"It was a long day," Ross said. "They had shot before, but I kind of tweaked them and did different things. Three out of the 10 broke 25s today. They were using 12 gauge shotguns."

Ross has shot with the Amateur Trapshooting Association 40 years.

"I've traveled all over," she said. "They have singles, doubles and handicap events, and overall and all-around. Those are the major events they have. In a year, I do an average of 40 to 50 clinics. Not all of them are kids."

It was first time she had been to Reed City.

Ross, according to website sources, is a 34-time All-American, 15-time All American Ladies captain, and a 30-time Trap and Field Average winner. She has more than 170 Grand American trophies, more than 260 Satellite grand championships, and she's the owner of hundreds of southern zone and Kentucky zone titles.

She was inducted into the Amateur Trapshooting Association Hall of Fame in 1999.

Club member Terry Getts invited Ross to appear at the Reed City facility.

"I enjoyed seeing that everyone got better," Ross said.

Youth shooters on Wednesday included youngsters from Reed City, Barryton, Midland and Chippewa Hills.

She focused on adults Thursday and Friday.

"It was a very successful day," Getts said on Wednesday. "The Reed City Sportsman Club is very lucky to have such an accomplished national shooter to instruct our kids and adult shooters. She was very thorough. She did not leave anything out."