Editors note: This is the second part of a series written by Tom Cason on Tony West, a world class skeet shooter during the 1970s. His mother, Mary Louise West Henry, lives in Yates Center. Read the first part here.
In 1973, Tony participated in three registered shoots during which he broke his first 25 straight and went on to win his first junior class title. At a shoot in Des Moines, the 13-year-old took first place in 12- and 20-gauge against shooters who were much older. Soon, it became apparent the kid had talent. At that point, there was no looking back, and nothing but success was in Tonys future.