Trapshooters finish third in home triangular

By: Kaylee Olson

The trapshooting team placed third with a team score of 208 behind Waverly-Shell Rock and Denver at the first meet of the season on Tuesday, April 5 at the Cedar Falls Gun Club. Leading the Tigers was junior Brennan Kohls,  who finished with the score of 45 out of 50, and senior Nate Wilson, who finished with a score of 44 out of 50.

The trapshooting team is coached by industrial tech teacher David Grund, and he has been coaching the team for 13 years. He had only 15 shooters out when he started out as the coach, but the last couple of years he has had 40 to 45 people out for trapshooting.

This year Grund has 15 new shooters who have never been involved in trapshooting, let alone fired a gun before. “That’s why trapshooting is such a great sport. Regardless of the experience, everyone is taught and re-certified in firearm safety,” Grund said.

Last year the trapshooting team lost four seniors out of the total of 43, but Grund isn’t worried about that. This year almost half the team is shooting a 40 out of 50 average. “We have 10 shooters that are very capable I believe to shoot perfect scores this season during competition,” Grund said.

Though the night was rainy, cold and windy, Kohls was satisfied with his performance. “I went in expecting bad weather and conditions, but practicing in that same type of weather prepared me for the meet.”

Junior Adison Pace is new to trapshooting, but he came into the season openminded. “I hope to try and do my best for the upcoming season” he said.

Junior Lane Schwickerwrath, who’s been shooting with his grandfather and dad for years, said, “I hope for everyone to have fun this year and to grow as a team.”

The trapshooting team will be hosting a meet at 8 a.m. on Saturday, April 9, at the Cedar Falls Gun Club.

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