Young Shooters Compete In State Championships
A team of high school trap shooting enthusiasts competed last Saturday at the Iowa State High School Trap Shoot at Cedar Falls. Justin Kibbie, Austin Bonnstetter, Josh Kibbie, Tyler Drost, and Brady Berkland comprised the five-man squad of the "Emmetsburg High School Hot Shots" as one of 94 teams from throughout Iowa competing for the State HS Championship.
This is the first year for Emmetsburg to be represented as a High School in the State Trap Championships. The team is coached by Don Bruch, who accompanied the team to Cedar Falls. They placed 60th, scoring 359 out of 500, shooting 50 rounds from the 16 yd line, and 50 rds from the 19 yd line.
A total of 13 local youths participated in the shooting program this year. These five qualified for the state shoot by participating in the minimum of 4 competitions held in the area, including one held at Sportsman’s Park near Cylinder earlier in May. This shooting program is coordinated by the IA DNR.
The DNR also coordinate Iowa’s SCTP (Scholastic Clay Target Program). This program extends to middle school participants and held their State Championships on June 4 at Cedar Falls. Several of the younger shooters qualified for that competition, but declined to attend.
There was also information presented at the Coach’s meeting prior to the event about possible sanctioning of Trap Shooting as a team sport by the Iowa High School Athletic Association. There is enough participation state-wide to meet the criteria as a sanctioned sport, so there is a distinct possibility that Trap Shooting could be a varsity sport. Some schools already award varsity letters for participants.
The Palo Alto Gun Club will also be hosting the Iowa Games Trapshoot is coming up at Sportsman’s Park next Saturday, June 19.
There is a team competition for High school and middle school shooters in the Iowa Games along with shooters of all ages.
You can register online at www.iowagames.org. or call Don Bruch at 712-852-3240.