MEDFORD -- He says the timing is just like a baseball swing. If he hits like he shoots, he could be in the major leagues one day.
Chase Costanti, a freshman at Cascade Christian High School, is a competitive clay shooter and said the sport is all about what's in your head.
"Most of the game is mental. You really have to think a lot and can't get down on yourself," Chase said.
His dad, who Chase said taught him everything he knows about clay shooting, agrees and said the pair works on thinking about success all the time.
"We talk about visualization and a positive attitude," Ryan Costanti said, "If you go out there and think you're going to miss the target, you will miss the target."
It appears that hard work paid off for Chase, who beat out 98 other competitors at a state ATA meet over the weekend to win a sought-after pin.
"My dad always said, in shooting, the best thing you can get is a little pin that says ATA on it," Chase said.
Dad, the teacher, doesn't even have a pin of his own.
"Well, I haven't gotten one myself in 40 years. So, I was pretty proud of him," Ryan Costanti said.
But he gets to watch his student, and more importantly his son, go for even more of those pins in the future.
"That would be great. We'll just have to see how it goes, but he definitely has the ability," Ryan Costanti said.
Ryan Costanti is looking to get more local kids involved in clay shooting, especially in Medford. He said it's a great way for people who aren't as athletic or as skilled at other sports to find a sport they excel at since shooting is "90 percent mental."
That team competes in the Oregon High School Clay Target League.
For more information on how to get involved or join the team, contact Ryan Costanti at (360) 661-2131.
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