|Pines begins trap-shooting club|
By Ella Baltus
Basketball, soccer, football and hockey are all uniform organizations that almost every school has. However, some high school students have different interests and that’s why teachers, Tim Lehman and Nick Stemper, started the Northland Pines Trap Shooting Club this year.Having forests and a plethora of outdoor activities around every corner makes the trap club the perfect addition to Northland Pines extra-curriculars. Many students from Northland Pines treat hunting season as its own holiday and making a sport out of shooting is the icing on the cake.
“It’s an awesome way to improve your shooting skills and show kids the good things about guns instead of always highlighting the bad,” said team member Devin Sauvola.
There are more than 35 high school trap clubs in the state of Wisconsin. This year, Northland Pines’ club has 21 high school students and two middle school students. The club practices once a week at the Boulder Junction Shooting Range.
“The facility is outstanding and has two full trap ranges so it can accommodate the whole club which is nice, not to mention it is open year round,” said advisor Nick Stemper.
Another benefit of the Boulder Junction Range is the team gets to work under the supervision of a NRA-certified instructor.
“The instructors are very helpful, and know what they are talking about,” said team member Zach Kennedy.
Competitions are held at their practice site, each individual shooting two rounds of 25 shots each. Then the scores of the top five shooters are posted online and compared to the other six schools in their conference.
The team is traveling to a regional invitational event in Burlington, the third week in April. At this competition the team will compete with over 20 other school from around the state.
“The reaction from the school and surrounding communities has been outstanding. I’ve only gotten positive feedback and support,” said team advisor Tim Lehman.
Anyone interested about learning more about trap shooting and the competitions may visit claytargetsonline.com.
|Tuesday, April 02, 2013 3:24 PM|