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Charles City’s No. 1 squad takes 18th at Trap Shooting State Meet

Charles City's No. 1 squad takes 18th at Trap Shooting State Meet
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Coaches and graduated seniors from the Charles City/Nashua-Plainfield trap shooting team gather for a photo after competing in the SCTP State Meet, Sunday at the Cedar Falls Gun Club. Front row (l-r): Coach Scott Boehmer, Wyatt Schradle, Mike Quade, Taylor Quade, Mallory Koebrick, Coach Mike Oleson, Carter Burkhardt and Coach David Bormann; back row (l-r): Coach Craig Groothuis, Cole Cross, Dawson Demro, Micaiah Groothuis, JR O’Neill, Avery Schoeck, Hayden Heyer,Keegan Bollman, Nicolas Bormann and Coach Brent Hinz.

By John Burbridge

CEDAR FALLS — Some people claim they shoot better at live targets that flutter slightly in the air than propelled clay targets that travel lifelessly along a flatline.

The substantial windy conditions Sunday during the final day of the Scholastic Clay Target Program State Trap Shooting Meet at the Cedar Falls Gun Club definitely added life to any flatlining clays as well as an extra challenge for the teams scheduled to shoot that day.

Sunday morning was the slot designated for the Charles City/Nashua-Plainfield varsity shooters.

The Charles City No. 1 squad placed 18th with a team score of 938. Pacing the pack was Rockford senior Cole Cross, whose 196 out of 200 targets performance placed him 19th among the varsity male shooters.

Rounding out the CC1 scores were Nicolas Bormann (187), Carter Burkhardt (187), Taylor Quade (185) and Ali Blickenderfer (183).

Quade’s marksmanship placed her 34th among varsity females; Blickenderfer placed 40th among varsity females.

CC/NP also had a group shoot handicap at state shoot — participants shoot from 25 yards from the trap house instead of the standard 16 yards.

Cross placed 84th after hitting 84 out of 100. Among female handicap shooters, Blickenderfer placed 16th after hitting 81 out of 100; Quade placed 35th after hitting 76 out of 100.

Avery Schoeck placed 36th among junior varsity males when he hit 186 out of 200; and Abby Groesbeck placed 31st among junior high females when she hit 168 out of 200.

Several CC/NP members have already signed on to continue their sport shooting careers at Hawkeye Community College. They include Rockford graduate Cross, Charles City graduate Burkhardt, and Nashua-Plainfield graduates Dawson Demro and Micaiah Groothuis.

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