The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


June 14, 2013

Pa. State Trap Shoot: College student Sandler has mastered the sport

New Ringgold native 9-time state champ


Competition keeps her motivated to trek to shoots.

"I think I'm just naturally a competitive person," Sandler said. "I go out to have fun but I also go out to win at the same time. (My goal) is to do the best that I can."

Like many athletes who excel at their sport, Sandler said that it is nerve-wracking to be away from the range while a shoot is taking place. She added that it can be difficult to occupy her time when a large shoot is happening and she is not participating.

The desire to compete will likely not leave Sandler as she plans on competing for many more years.

In 2010, Sandler proved that she can compete on equal footing with some of the best shooters in the world, male or female, when she captured the overall state doubles title, in addition to her seventh straight women's title.

"I didn't have to shoot off (to determine a winner)," she said. "I just kind of sat there and waited (for the result)."

In addition to nine consecutive high-overall women's titles, Sandler has two 16-yard state titles, a handicap championship, an overall doubles titles and seven titles each in women's doubles and women's all-around.

Despite her wide array of success in multiple disciplines of trapshooting, Sandler remains humble, describing her first state title in 2003 in women's doubles as "an honor."

Sandler intends to pursue further degrees after graduation, but it's clear she's already mastered trapshooting.

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