After strong season, Shawano trap team readies for national event

Trap shooters gearing up for USAHSCTL National Championship in July
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After a strong conference season and state tournament, the Shawano Community High School Trap Shooting team is now preparing for the first-ever USA High School Clay Target League (USAHSCTL) National Championship.

The championship will take place July 12-15 at the MTA Homegrounds in Mason, Michigan, and feature the top individual shooters and teams from across the country.

Shawano was one of 78 Wisconsin high schools that rostered a trap shooting team this spring. Those 78 schools were divided into 11 conferences based on a similar amount of team members. Shawano competed against teams from Aquinas, Howards Grove, Mineral Point, Green Bay Preble, Royall, Siren and St. Croix Central.

Shawano finished seventh in the conference after earning 5,060 points over five weeks of competition. Siren (5,858), St. Croix Central (5,558.5) and Howards Grove (5,313.5) finished in the top three.

Samuel Fritz and Chris Parker led the team with weekly averages of 22.7 (out of a possible 25). Those marks were good enough to place in the top 100 shooters in the entire state this spring. The duo tied for the sixth-highest average in the conference.

Nathaniel Neumann (21.7) and Parker Trinko (21.6) finished among the top 25 male shooters in the conference. Lane Conradt and McKenzie Trinko (18.1) and Hatty Fritz (17.8) all finished among the top 25 female shooters in the conference.

Following the conference season, the team prepared for the 2018 State Tournament, which took place on June 9 at the WTA Shooting Complex in Rome. Shawano sent 12 competitors into the tournament across the varsity, junior varsity and novice levels.

Shawano’s varsity team of six shooters took 42nd with a total score of 434. The number includes the team’s top five scores from shooters competing at the varsity level.

Braxton Buckabee led the team with a score of 91 (out of 100), while Samuel Fritz posted a score of 89. Crede Timm and Parker Trinko each shot 85s, and Neumann’s 84 rounded out the team’s score. Gage Timm finished with a total score of 80 as the team’s sixth varsity shooter.

“I felt like our team did really well (at the state competition); all of our scores were really good,” Buckabee said. “I was really happy with my score that day. I was hoping to shoot something in the 90s, and I finished with a 91.”

“I was very pleased with their effort,” coach Troy Edwards said. “It was a windy day, so that gave them an extra challenge. Despite the wind, three of the shooters (Parker Trinko, Buckabee and Fritz) shot perfect 25 rounds.”

Shawano had four shooters compete at the junior varsity level and two others compete in the novice classification.

Based on its overall team average score and number of varsity shooters, Shawano earned a spot in the National Championship, fulfilling coach Edwards hopes.

Edwards and a team of Crede Timm, Gage Timm, Parker Trinko, Neumann and Buckabee are going to represent Shawano at the National Championship and are honored to be a part of the first-ever event.

“It’s really exciting to be part of history for the high school trap league and being able to represent our school there,” Crede Timm said.

“It is a great opportunity to be able to compete, and I hope there is more to come in the following years,” Gage Timm said.

As the team continues to prep for the competition, it’s trying to stick to the basics and avoid introducing anything new.

“I will be practicing, working on staying mentally calm when shooting, and working on the little things that make me a better shooter,” Parker Trinko said.

“I’m doing the same thing I’ve done all year, which is just go out and shoot,” Neumann said. “For me, I need to correct myself for when I do poorly on a station, which consists of going and shooting at the one station for all 25 shots.”

While the main reason the team is headed to the National Competition is to compete, coach Edwards and his trap shooting team will also try and make sure they are having a good time doing so.

“In a competition such as nationals, it is important for participants to enjoy the experience, have fun and attempt to shoot their personal best,” Edwards said.