by Cameron Vander Wal/ firstname.lastname@example.org
In June and July, the Pella Christian clay target team participated in state and nationals for skeet, trap, and sporting clays. Postseason competition began on June 5 with the state trap meet when the team traveled to Cedar Falls. Senior Maclane Heinen placed 4th overall.
A week later the team went on to state sporting clays in Oskaloosa. They placed second overall with junior Noah De Boef placing 3rd and Heinen coming in 4th for the guys team. For the ladies, junior Emily Uitermarkt placed 4th for varsity ladies. “I feel pretty good about my performance at nationals this year. I’d say I shot my best rounds of skeet ever at nationals,” Uitermarkt said.
On July 15, the team traveled to Marengo, Ohio, to participate in the national shooting meet, along with around 4000 other athletes from 36 different states. The Eagles went on to place 2nd in the nation for high school squads. Uitermarkt placed 4th place overall while seniors Dominick Ver Meer and Heinen made the Iowa All State Team. “All your hard work paying off is a feeling that I won’t forget, and hopefully, I can repeat that again this year,” Heinen said.
Looking back, the team had a very honorable season. Head coach Todd Pinegar said that a lot of kids raised their personal bests throughout the season. “I was pleased to see how well the team bonded and helped each other out when needed,” he said.
The Eagles will be returning a few members next season that contributed a lot to the success they had this season, with seniors Heinen and Ver Meer leading the group. The team will be making their way back to Marengo for nationals next year as well. Senior Austin Van Kooten said, “I always look forward to spending my summer with this team.”