by Chloee Reimer
PC’s clay target team has already seen improvement and success in their competitions. “One of our big achievements is competing in our very first sporting clays competition ever,” said Coach Todd Pinegar.
The team has competed in both the Oskaloosa sporting clays tournament, and also the DMCC sporting clays tournament. The team has been looking forward to adding this discipline to their practices for the past few years.
But, it doesn’t stop there. “Another achievement we have had is the personal success in each of our shooters. We have several kids that have shot their personal bests this season including several 25 out of 25 and 50 out of 50 scores,” said Pingar. Leading this team as captains are seniors Garrett Griggs, Wyatt Terpstra, and Emma Van Donselaar.
The team has had four trap meets, two skeet meets and two sporting clays meets so far this season. The varsity squad placed either second or third at North Mahaska, the PC invitational, Mt. Pleasant, and Ottumwa. There has also been individual success within the team. Alexia Alsum placed first at the PC invitational and Emma Van Donselaar got first in skeet at the Oskaloosa skeet tournament. At the Mt. Pleasant invitational, Colten Uitermarkt also placed first in trap. Finally, at the Ottumwa competition Ethan Van Zee got first.
The team has not only future meets to look forward to and practice for, but also the state trap competition. “We are continuing to practice very hard before our state competitions. We will work on difficult areas for each individual shooter and we will increase how much we are shooting at practice so that when we get to state it is easy for them to shoot as much as is required,” said Coach Todd Pinegar. The state trap competition is June 7-10, sporting clays state is June 17, and the state skeet is held June 23-24.