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Scholastic Clays To Be Shot At Sportsmans Park This Saturday

By Staff | May 13, 2010

Emmetsburg High School (Hot Shots) trap shooting teams competed in an invitational high school trap shoot at Spirit Lake  on Saturday May 8th.  A total of 12 teams competed.   

50 clay targets were shot by each shooter.  Shooters were competing for both team and individual honors.        

Those who participated were Cedric Henkelvig, Kory Hagen, Tyler Drost, Kyle Elbert, Brady Berkland, Josh Kibbie, Justin Kibbie and Austin Bonnstetter.

The Emmetsburg High School Hot Shots placed 3rd in the team event.  Austin Bonnstetter received 3rd place in the individual scoring.

The Emmetsburg High School Trap Shooting Team was formed the first week of May and this was their first competition.  The team was coached by Don Bruch.

200 targets must be shot by each shooter to qualify for the state shoot which will be held in Cedar Falls in June.

 With the development of the local high school group, the Iowa Games Organizastion is introducting the High School & Scholastic Clay Target Program.

This new event will be hosted on May 15 at six gun clubs across the state including the  Palo Alto Gun Club at Sportsman’s Park, north of Cylinder, as well as at the Clinton Gun Club, DeWitt; the Stockdale Gun Club, Ackley; Tri-State Gun Club, Montrose; and Brownells Big Springs Shooting Complex, Searsboro.

The High School & School & Scholastic Clay Target Program is part of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources shooting sports.  The program is a team-based clay target shooting program that is changing the lives of grade, middle, and high school students nation-wide and in Iowa.

“The Iowa Sports Foundation is proud to host this DNR program as part of the 2010 Summer Iowa Games,” said Kevin Bourke, Director of Sports and Operations.  “We have partnered with the DNR in other events and they have been extremely successful.”

Through organized clay target shooting, youth are learning lifelong skills such as firearm safety, teamwork, respect for self and others, mental focus, and self-discipline.

The online registration deadline for this event is approaching.  Shooters and teams can register online at www.IOWAGAMES.org through Monday, May 10.  Three divisions will be offered at this new Iowa Games event:  Rookie (5th Grade and under), Intermediate (6th – 8th Grade), and Senior (9th – 12th Grade).

The competition will consist of 25 targets from the 16 yard line and 25 targets from the 19 yard line with rookie and intermediate divisions of SCTP shooting all 50 targets from the 16 yard line.  All participants must be enrolled in the High School & Scholastic Clay Target Program to enter.

For more information about the May 15 shooting event and the 53 other sports of the 2010 Summer Iowa Games visit www.IOWAGAMES.org.

The Palo Alto Gun Club sponsors Open Shooting  every Tuesday and Thursday evenings at Sportsman’s Park, which is located four miles north of Cylinder.