July 22, 2018 07:31 PM
(ABC 6 News) -- Clay target shooting is one of the fastest growing sports in Minnesota. One New Richland team made its mark at the national level.
The NRHEG clay target team just returned from nationals in Michigan. The sport is different from other standard after-school activities. Five players on each team take turns shooting orange clay pigeons.
"We each shoot five rounds on each station so that equals 25 rounds," said team member Aaron Olson.
At competitions like nationals, they shoot 100 rounds and add up the individual scores to see which team wins.
"It's harder than it looks though, but practice makes perfect,” said team member Chancellor Olson.
To prepare for nationals, the team practiced a lot.
"Every Wednesday and Sunday I just come out here and shoot. I push myself and see the highest score I can get," said team member Caden Beauvais.
Their hard work paid off. They place 10th out of 175 teams.
"10th is definitely a little better than we thought we'd do. But it's nice to score that high," said team member Evan Dobberstein.
A team of five that includes two sets of brothers, the boys' credit part of their success to their close bond.
"We just know everybody's habit. And what they do when they shoot," said team member Alex Dobberstein.
Their coaches couldn’t agree more.
"They just jelled together. We didn't have to say nothing. They just picked each other up if something was going wrong,” said Coach Kim Olson.
"Every one of these boys stepped up. Every one of them" said, Coach Matt Beauvais.
Three members of this team just graduated. Now they are mentoring the next generation of clay target shooters.
"That senior shooter, they look at them and say, no that's not how you do it, here’s how you do it. That means more than a mom or dad or coach. It's your peer," said Kim.
Kids as young as 11 can join the team. Once they learn the sport, Head Coach Dan Sorum says they can do it for life.
"This is an all-encompassing, inclusive sport," said Dan.
Team member Aaron agrees.
"It's a sport for anybody. You don’t have to be the tallest person like in basketball or the biggest like in football. You could have a broken leg and still trap shoot," said Aaron.
Updated: July 22, 2018 07:31 PM
Created: July 22, 2018 06:42 PM
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