posted on October 05, 2015 02:12
At one school in Minnesota, shooting is now a recognized sport. On the trap team is Kalley Johnson. She started hunting when she accompanied her father at age four. Two years later she had a bow and arrow in hand and once shot a zebra while in Namibia.
Johnson has recently graduated from Delano High School. She says when the trap shooting team started there were only three girls on the team. As she leaves, the number of girls has increased to 15 or 20.
There is even a Minnesota State High School Clay Target League. It incorporates coed trap and skeet shooting. The second annual state tournament has recently been held. Statewide honors were available for the top 100 individual scorers from the regular season.
There is also a team competition where participating schools send their top five shooters to compete.
Jim Sable is the creator of the league. It was founded when he realized that at 62, in 2001, he was one of the youngest members of his gun range. This worry for the future of the sport made him seek out opportunities to teach the next generation and when an advert appeared in his church’s bulletin for high school mentors, the first steps were taken.
A 14 year old girl from Orono High School helped to create the first team for the league and by 2008 the league had become a nonprofit organization. By 2010, there were 340 students participating across the state and last year there were 6,100.
This season saw another huge jump with 268 teams and 8600 participants competing at 165 ranges across the state. The demand was so high that hundreds of students had to be turned away.
The results have been fantastic with similar leagues now starting in Wisconsin and North Dakota and 30 others requesting information about the process. This alone makes it one of the success stories of the sport and the future looks bright.
Are your children members of this league? Would you like to see a league in your state?
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