Bulls Eyes take aim at state

Monday, June 11, 2018
The intermediate GT/RA Bulls Eyes that competed at state last week are (front, from left): Treyton Kleve, Scott Dahna, Zach Borcher. Back row: coach Dave Robinson, Cole DeVlaeminck, TJ Sirovy, Kaylah Robinson, Mackenzie Schnetzer, Bailey Swanson, coach Paul Molitor.
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CEDAR FALLS — The GT/RA Bulls Eyes took part in the 2018 Iowa Youth Trapshooting Championships held this past Wednesday through Sunday. Middle school and elementary aged athletes began the competition on Wednesday and Thursday with high school athletes competing Thursday through Sunday. Over 630,000 clay targets were used during the five days of competition with 2,639 shooters from 117 Iowa teams participating.

“These athletes faced a variety of weather conditions during their events,” Coach Paul Molitor said of his team’s season. “We had cool temperatures followed by heat and humidity. Sometimes there was wind. We also had a 45 minute lightning delay on Wednesday and an hour lightning delay on Friday. Good athletes must learn to adapt to the weather and how those conditions affect the flight of the target.”

The Iowa Scholastic Clay Target Program has grown from about 400 athletes in 2007 to nearly 4,000 today. Iowa is the largest state in terms of participation of the 42 states involved with the SCTP around the country. There is no “bench” in the shooting sports so everyone gets to play regardless of athletic ability.

“When they were finished shooting their events, several of our athletes watched their friends from other local clubs take a turn at the line,” Molitor said. “This is a great sport in which to build friendships around the area and state. A coach from a central Iowa team, Ankeny Centennial, has been watching our team scores and has invited us to come to one or more of their meets.”

The high school GT/RA Bulls Eyes that competed at state this past week are (from left) Chris Ness, Rylan Hersom, Cecelia Hersom.

Scores from the championships are below.

16-Yard Line Singles Trap Scores (Out of 200)

Cole DeVlaeminck190
Mackenzie Schnetzer187
TJ Sirovy162
Kaylah Robinson157
Bailey Swanson139
Chris Ness125
Cecelia Hersom114
Scott Dahna114
Treyton Kleve109
Zach Borchers88
Rylan Hersom70

16-yard Line Doubles Trap Scores (Out of 100)

Mackenzie Schnetzer74
Bailey Swanson71
Cole DeVlaeminck54
TJ Sirovy48
Kaylah Robinson45

21-Yard Line Handicap Trap Scores (Out of 100)

Cole DeVlaeminck93
Mackenzie Schnetzer90
TJ Sirovy88
Bailey Swanson71
Kaylah Robinson68
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