Five students from Howar Junior High and Centerville High School competed at the 2014 Iowa State Trap Championships in Cedar Falls on May 31-June 1.
Centerville’s Lee Benz, an eighth grader, was the highest placing individual of any of the five. He placed 29th amongst his junior high competition with a score of 96.
In all, three students from Howar Junior High School and two from Centerville High School competed at the Scholastic Clay Target Program’s state tournament. The program is sponsored by the Iowa DNR.
In the junior high competition, Brayton Hurley placed 79th, with a score of 76. Nathan Welch placed 136th with a score of 67.
For the high school students, Hunter Maddy placed 152nd with a score of 84 while Karson Gonnerman was 243rd with a score of 77.
Competitions are held from April-June throughout the year. To qualify for the state meet, students must compete in at least four events throughout the season.
During regular season competitions, the high school students shoot 25 clay birds from 16 yards and then 25 more from 19 yards. Each bird shot is counted as a point. For junior high, all 50 birds are shot from 16 yards.
At the state meet, a total of 100 were attempted.
Elizabeth Gaskins and Steve Benz help coach the trap shooting teams. Gaskins said that the high school program began competing three years ago, while the junior high program was a new addition this season.
Currently, the program is offered to students in grades 8-12. Gaskins said if there is enough interest, a seventh grade team may be formed.
Gaskins said the teams have many sponsors, but Pheasant’s Forever and Tim Moore were the top-two.