State High School Trapshoot

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by Joe Wilkinson

All along the nearly mile-long range, competitors toed the line. This was the state tournament, the culmination of more than two months of in-season competition. The 2008 Iowa High School State Trap Championships, brought together more than 340 young competitors, representing their schools and the hours of practice they had poured into their preparation.

“There’s a lot more pressure. It’s just a lot harder to concentrate. You do the best you can,” observed Mount Vernon freshman Trid Kleiber, of the state meet atmosphere. Not enough pressure, though, that he couldn’t break all 25 clay targets in his afternoon round. Klieber and his teammates were typical of the squads assembled at the State Trapshooting range, north of Cedar Falls, May 17. “We started last year. We have 13 kids on the team; nine are here today,” said Mount Vernon coach Tom Wilkinson. “It’s an opportunity for them to do something different than other school activities.”

Competitors have 25 shots at 16 yards; then step back a few feet for their ‘handicap’ round. Team and individual scores are kept; as they vie for the championship. “This is the high school event. Most of these teams are recognized by their high schools,” explained Ron Underwood, president of the Iowa High School Clay Target Association. “This is an evolving sport…one of the safest high school sports out there.”

Much like a track meet or ball game, family and other fans watched from the sidelines. A couple vendors sold snacks and sandwiches through the day-long event.

For the third consecutive year, Mason City High School took home the team crown. Its team of Kaleb Roth, Blane Sjostrand, Zach Harris, Jake Humburg and Eli Francis shattered 231 of its combined 250 clay targets. “You just have to stay focused and not get frustrated,” explained Humburg, of a shooter’s preparation on the line. “If you get frustrated, it doesn’t really help you any.” South Winneshiek’s Noland Hageman won a shoot off with Mason City’s Roth (each broke 48 of 50 in regulation) for the individual boys title. Chandal Granquist of Linn Mar High School (47 of 50) was the girls individual champion.

Teams or individuals from 30 high schools, plus one home schooled participant, competed. School programs range from brand new to well-established. Mason City, for instance, had 41 participants. “This sport fills a niche for students in our high school who otherwise may not have an opportunity to compete in athletic and extracurricular activities,” stressed Dan Ramaeker, teacher and head trapshooting coach at Mason City. “It really hooks kids into the school and the community. It also gives kids an incentive to be in class and keep their grades up.”

Team Standings: 2008 Iowa High School Trap Championships

1st Place Team: Mason City Red: 231×250
Kaleb Roth, Blane Sjostrand, Zach Harris, Jake Humburg, Eli Francis
2nd Place Team: Maquoketa #1: 224×250
Justin Fey, Zach Scheibe, Jake Clark, Forest Simonin, Jake Kirk
3rd Place Team: Charles City Black: 219×250 (shoot-off winner)
Seth Uetz, Austin Hicks, Neil Wenthe, Seth Stough, Matt Manning
4th Place Team: South Winneshiek 1: 219×250
Cody Imoehl, Zach Kolaas, Nolan Hageman, Johanna, Hogenson, Robert Riehle
5th Place Team: Mason City Black: 217×250
Greg Shurtz, Scott Peters, Mike Christopherson, Gabe McGee, Ethan Hubbard
6th Place Team: Ackley Geneva Wellsburg Steamboat Rock (AGWSR): 215×250
Mitch Hirth, Brett Lage, Brad Heinrich, Josh Olsen, Mason Lindaman

Individual Girls:

1st: Chandal Granquist (Linn-Mar High School) 47×50
2nd: Samantha Herman (Osage) 46×50
3rd: Beth Wygle (New Hampton) 44×50 (shoot-off winner)
4th: Nicole Streets (Mason City) 44×50
5th: Calleen Anderson (Ogden) 43×50
6th: Amber Sudbrock (West Central Valley HS) 42×50

Individual Boys:
1st: Nolan Hageman (South Winneshiek) 48×50 (shoot-off winner)
2nd: Kaleb Roth (Mason City) 48×50 (shoot-off RU)
3rd: Jake Humburg (Mason City) 48×50
4th: Josh Olson (AGWSR) 48×50
5th: Seth Uetz (Charles City) 48×50
6th: Taylor Bryant (Charles City) 48×50

Scholastic Clay Target Program Results
In addition to the high school championships, the Scholastic Clay Target Program state meet was also held May 17 in Cedar Falls. Competitive categories in the SCTP are based on age and experience level. “This program provides a platform to get clay target shooting programs started at the local level,” explained Ben Berka, Shooting Sports Coordinator for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR). “Statistics prove they are much safer than every other popular sport in school…and many schools endorse the program as a school activity. Many offer varsity letters, provide transportation and offer some financial assistance.”

The DNR also sponsored the Iowa Cup awards, based on cumulative trap season totals those from the two state championship events. The 2008 winners-and captains of the girls and boys all state trap teams are Calleen Anderson of Ogden (408 of 450) and Zach Scheibe of Maquoketa (430 of 450). Championship events were co-hosted by the DNR, the Iowa High School Clay Target Association, the Iowa Scholastic Clay Target Program Inc., Iowa State Trapshooting Association and the New Pioneer Club. Brownell’s of Montezuma is also recognized as a platinum sponsor.

For more informationa bout the high school and Scholastic Clay Target Program, contact Ben Berka at Ben [dot] Berka [at] dnr [dot] iowa [dot] gov or 515-281-5918. The DNR offers a basic shotgun coach certification course. The course is free to school teachers and $30 for other volunteer coaches.

Editors Note: The following schools were represented at the 2008 Trap Shoot championships:
Teams: Ackley-Geneva Wellsburg-Steamboat Rock, Anamosa, Charles City, Clear Creek-Amana, Guthrie Center, Indianola, Lynnville-Sully, Maquoketa, Mason City, Mount Vernon, Nashua-Plainfield, New Hampton, Northwood-Kensett, Ogden, Osage, Oskaloosa, Panorama, Pella, Roland-Story, South Winneshiek, St. Ansgar, Tri-Center, Union, Waukee, Waterloo West,

Individuals: Ankeny, Coon Rapids-Bayard, Linn-Mar, West Central Valley, Williamsburg

Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) Results:

Intermediate, Entry Level Division
1st: Big Springs 2 (Searsboro) 676×1000
Kyle Terlouw, Bryanna Steele, Eric Osborn, Whitney Bair, Matt Kriegel
2nd: Oskalossa Middle School 1 664×1000 (shoot-off winner)
Nic DeJong, Brandon Sage, Stephen Shannon, Branden Strasser, Clay Monoit
3rd: Big Springs 1 (Searsboro) 664×1000
Noah Brennan, Zack Price, Cody Schwarck, Garret Van Mannen, Mitchell Frischmeyer

Intermediate, Advanced Division
1st: Des Moines Area Clay Crushers 1 (Waukee) 758×1000
Will Thomas, Sam Mraz, Brooke Vogel, Matt Delanoit, Logan Lyon
2nd: AGWSR Intermediate 1 729×1000
Zach Eiderts, Carson Lutterman, Cody Meyer, Kollin Deberg, Zach Lindaman

Senior Division, Junior Varsity
1st: Panorama 826×1000
Ethan Sparks, Logan Christofferson, Sklar Meinecke, Cameron Hester, Brandon Harper
2nd: Brooklyn BGM #1 821×1000
Colton Hall, Joe Clayton, Jared Kriegel, Neal Kriegel, Shane Deimerly
3rd: Lynville-Sully 811×1000
Nick Arthur, Zack McNaul, Nick Rozendaal, Jake DePenning, Nick Beyer

Senior Division, Varsity
1st: Nashua #2 889×1000
Jordan Feltz, Tyler Hanawalt, Taylor Bryant, Suzanne Kueter, Seth Stough
2nd: Roland Story Red 880×1000
Brylee Anderson, Mark Gookin, Matt Youngman, Josh Conrad, Sawyer Hjortsvang
3rd: Northwood A 874×1000
Ryan Mueller, Aaron Hill, Brian Sime, Justin Peerson, Jacob Springer

Individual Girls:
1st: Chandal Granquist (Linn-Mar High School) 178×200
2nd: Calleen Anderson (Ogden) 177×200
3rd: Suzanne Kueter (Nashua) 176×200
4th: Erika Van Polen (Oskaloosa) 164×200
5th: Amber Sudbrock (West Central Valley HS) 160×200
6th: Brooke Vogel (Brody Middle School, Des Moines) 154×200

Individual Boys:
1st: Nick Arthur (Lynville-Sully) 192×200
2nd: Taylor Bryant (Nashua) 190×200
3rd: Zach Scheibe (Maquoketa) 189×200
4th: Seth Utez (Nashua) 188×200 (shoot-off winner)
5th: Sam Hill (Union HS) 188×200
6th: Cord Anderson (Ogden) 188×200

Iowa Department of Natural Resources ‘Iowa Cup’ Trophies
Girl: Calleen Anderson (Ogden) 408×450
Boy: Zach Scheibe (Maquoketa) 430×450