The fastest growing high school sport with over 10,000 shooters in Minnesota is trapshooting. William Kelley High School has been competing in this sport for two years, the first year with mostly novice shooters that struggled. These same shooters and others came back out this year and won the conference that they were competing in.
There were eight other teams from throughout the state that were competing in this conference. All the shooting is done at their local trapshooting clubs and their scores are sent in online to be recorded for each conference.
The season is broken into practice weeks, score weeks and a fun week. At the end of the five score weeks the winner is determined by the total birds that were broken by the top nine scores turned in each of these five weeks by the teams in the conference. Also, along with winning the conference, awards were given to the top three averages of both the male and female shooters. In the men’s division Carter LeBlanc placed second and Allie Ludwig placed first in the women’s. For this they each received a nice plaque.
This was a great improvement from the team’s first year of competition. The team’s first out of town shoot was the Pheasants Forever shoot sponsored by the Hermantown trap team in Proctor. There were 10 teams competing here with a total of 175 shooters. William Kelley placed fifth at this shoot and shot very well as a team.
On June 14, eight of the team’s shooters competed in Alexandria, Minn., in the Clay Target Trapshooting Championship. There were 80 schools and 741 registered shooters at this shoot which made for a long day. With a great job of shooting William Kelley High School took third place. This qualified the team to compete at the Minnesota State High School Championship meet in Prior Lake, Minn., on Saturday.
The team would like to thank the following people and organizations for donations and help that made this possible: Whitetails Unlimited; the Silver Bay “M” Club; Minnesota Deer Hunters Association; Silver Bay Credit Union; John’s Sanitary/Jody Reineccius; Two Harbors Moose Lodge #1463; Silver Beaver Rifle and Pistol Club; VanHouse Construction/Steve VanHouse; Shelley Fredrickson; Zups/Brian Zupancich; Bri Essa’s/Theresa Zupancich; Bill McKinney; Wade LeBlanc; and Steve Clark.