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July 19, 2018

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Rhinelander High School trap team hosts GNC shoot
Beckie Gaskill/lakeland times

The Rhinelander High School Trap Club hosted a regional shoot this summer, with 10 school from the GNC attending. The event was held at the Hodag Gun Club and was touted as a great event by those in attendance.
Beckie Gaskill/lakeland times

The Rhinelander High School Trap Club hosted a regional shoot this summer, with 10 school from the GNC attending. The event was held at the Hodag Gun Club and was touted as a great event by those in attendance.

Beckie Gaskill
Outdoors Writer


Last weekend 10 high schools from the Great Northern Conference brought 187 kids to the Hodag Sports Club to compete in a regional trap shoot. The event was a huge undertaking for the Rhinelander team as well as for the Hodag Sports Club, but by all accounts it was a success. While the event took a good deal of work and preparation to make it run smoothly, it was an undertaking head coach Phil Kriesel said he would do again.

"Once you do it, you're not afraid of it anymore," he said. "It was a lot of work to put together, but now that we've done it, I would like to see something like this up here every year."

Kriesel mentioned the regional shoot at the Harshaw Sports Club earlier this year, stating events like that one and the one his team hosted would be great for the area and would attract more local shooters. He thought they might think about putting together an invitational next year, depending on the weather. With spring so late this year, the shooting season was compressed a great deal. If spring comes earlier next year, he said, he would like to see some sort of shoot in the Rhinelander area every year.

As for the competition itself, Kriesel said there were some great shooters, such as Selena Grundy from Lakeland Union High School. She shot a 98 out of 100 and was the overall high shooter. Kriesel said she was spectacular to watch. Ryan Holly of Rhinelander topped his team with a 91, but several other shooters scored in the 80s.

"We didn't really prep our kids for competition, per se," Kriesel said. "We want it to be fun for them first. Not all of these kids are competitive like that, and we want them to just have fun and be safe."

This is only the second year Rhinelander High School has had a trap team, Kriesel said, and many of the kids are still just learning, but many are doing much better. To put too much emphasis on competing against others, rather than just improving as a shooter, would take the enjoyment out of it for many students involved.

Schools involved in the shoot were Antigo, LUHS, Medford, Mosinee, Northland Pines, Rhinelander, SPASH, Tomahawk and Wausau. Full results from the shoot can be found by searching SCTP and choosing the Scholastic Clay Target Program. From there, search by state and find the Great Northern Conference under the Wisconsin tab.

Kriesel said the club is always looking for new shooters, both male and female. This year the club had 41 shooters, up from 29 last year, but there is always room for more, he said. Students of all skill levels are welcome to join. The students shoot on Sundays, working around other, more traditional sports in which kids are often involved. Scholarships are also available for students who may need them to offset the costs associated with being in the club.

Beckie Gaskill may be reached via email at bgaskill@lakelandtimes.com.







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