Trapshooters head to nationals
Five teams from the Indian Creek Shooting Center in Georgetown won their division at the Indiana State Trap Shoot on July 12.
The competition consisted of each team member shooting 200 clay targets at the Indiana Gun Club in Fortville. Team members will head to Ohio to compete in the 2003 Scholastic Trapshooting Program National Championship at the Grand American World Trapshooting Championships.
Members of the state championship rookie squad are Adam Whittenberg and Victor Gregory of New Albany, Nathan (Andy) Stidham of Charlestown and Jacob Faith and Thomas Kummer of Floyds Knobs. The rookie squad, which consists of competitors in 5th grade and under, is coached by Butch Kiper and Phil Nichols of Louisville.
Members of the 2nd place Senior Novice squad Brett Kamer of Depauw, Kevin and Kari Flock and Jason Harrell of New Salisbury and billy Coakley of Georgetown. The team is coached by Paul Haynes of Palmyra.
Team members of the 2nd place Junior Experienced are John Davidson, Josh Seewer, Kyle Maupin and Eric Renn of Floyds Knobs and Brian Craft of Georgetown. The junior team is coached by John Davidson and David Seewer.
Third-place Junior Experienced squad members are Jacob Guthrie of Campbellsburg, David King of Borden, Chase Moore and Randy Baker of Corydon and Devan Rainbolt of Georgetown. They are coached by Gary Brock and Ed Rusk.
The second-place Junior Novice Team is comprised of James Aaron Robinson of Marengo, Brad McDaniel of Milltown, Kyle Armstrong of English, Matthew Hollcroft Nick Bitzer of Leavenworth. The team is coached by Roland King of Borden.
The teams have been practicing on a weekly basis since April at the Center preparing for the competition. They held a cash raffle to raise funds for the tourney, as well as sponsorship from John Jones GM City, Community 1st Bank an Preferred Automotive. The Indiana State Trapshooters Association paid their entry fee at the state competition as well. Marvin Lester of New Albany, State Delegate, was instrumental in helping the teams get started. The teams are currently seeking sponsorship for the trip to the Grand American in August. Anyone wanting to help the youth should contact Wanda Seitz at the Shooting Center at 951-3031.
The Scholastic Clay Target Program provides junior and senior high school-age young adults with the opportunity to showcase their competitive shooting skills and earn state and national recognition. The program is designed to instill in the participants safe firearms handling, commitment, responsibility, leadership and teamwork.