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Taking Aim: Canton's Spurgeon remains sharp with his rifle

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West Virginia sophomore and Canton native Garrett Spurgeon defended his national junior title in rifle earlier this month. West Virginia sophomore and Canton native Garrett Spurgeon defended his national junior title in rifle earlier this month.

(WGEM) -- Garrett Spurgeon is one of the nation's best with a rifle in his hand.

Spurgeon's future remains incredibly bright and the Olympics are a real possibility.

But that's still a few years down the line. Until then the pride of Canton plans to continue honing his sharp shooting skills.

"I guess you could say it's a thrill," Spurgeon said. 

"For some kids it's basketball or baseball. I just shoot."

Spurgeon was only 8-years old when he first showed an interest in the sport of rifle.

He's now approaching his sophomore year at defending national champion West Virginia University and the medals are way too many to count.

"It's something special. To think that you can start in 4-H and go clear to Germany just shooting a gun is amazing. Some of the people you meet (become) life long friends."

The last few months have been nothing short of fantastic.

Spurgeon helped West Virginia win its 15th national championship and earlier this month he successfully defended his junior national championship in Georgia, while also squeezing in trips to Germany and the Czech Republic.

"Right now I'd say I'm taking a little break. I've been shooting strong since last October and like anything, you need a break when you've been doing it for that long," he indicated. 

"I'm taking a little break right now but when I get back to school in August I'll start practicing again for the season."

An avid hunter, Spurgeon spends most of his days with a keen focus. How he can improve his stance and better his score because this is the sport he loves, the sport that's given him so much.

"It's what I do every day," he said. 

"If I didn't have this sport I wouldn't be at West Virginia and it's hard telling where I would be going to school."

Spurgeon it's too far fetched to think the Olympics are in his future.

"Yeah, it's a strong possibility. I wouldn't necessarily say we can start talking about it (because) it's still another three years off. But it's definitely something I'm looking (to qualify) for."

Next up for Spurgeon? Summer school of all things back at West Virginia before he and the Mountaineers begin their national title defense this fall.

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