COLORADO SPRINGS, CO–Wayne area native James Simpson -17- competed in the 29th Annual American Legion National Junior Shooting Sports Precision and Sporter Air Rifle competition from July 24th-27th at the Olympic training center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Simpson finished 7th overall for the National Sporter Event that started at the beginning with a postal match earlier this year that included roughly 1,300 competitors nationwide. The process all began with the American Legion sponsoring a national postal match so selections for this competition could be determined. Simpson, who is a member of the Wayne County Sharp Shooters 4-H Club, was notified that he qualified for the second stage of the competition with a shooting score of 557. For the second shoot an active American Legion representative and the participants coach must be present. Targets for James were certified by Bud Neel who is an American Legion representative and James’ coach Darin Greunke. James shot a 546 during the second stage. With that mark Simpson was ranked 12th nationwide in the Sporter Division of the shoot and qualified for the National Championship stage set in Colorado Springs at the Olympic training center. During this stage competitors would have two matches per day for two days. The top eight of both the Sporter and Precision Divisions would return the final day for a 10-shot finale. Simpson qualified for the final day shoot and earned 2nd place honors during that final day but finished 7th overall in the Sporter Division. James is the son of Jeff and Colleen Simpson of Wayne.