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Posted: Friday, June 16, 2017 9:33 am

All 20 Albia Community High School Clay Target Trap Team students, with their families and coaches, attended the State Trap Championships at the Iowa State Trapshooting Association home grounds near Cedar Falls.

Coaching at the June 9 state event were Mike Scieszinski, Kelly Romanco, Gary Scott, Don Niebuhr and Mike Runyan.

The ACHS 2017 Trap Team members include Izzy Bradley, Zach Briggs, Ava Brown, Dustin Carman, Garrett Gray, Adam Henderson, Cody Hindman, Alex Hunt, Lauren Kaldenberg, Dalton Lawless, Chase Little, Austin Major, Jer McAninch, Garrett McCombs, Haleigh McDonald, Macey Romanco, Logan Rozenbnoom, Lane Scieszinski and Cole Sinclair.

Iowa has the largest number of participants in the Scholastic Shooting Sports Program in the U.S. The sports has grown in Iowa from 400 students in 2007 to 3,700 in 2017. A no bench sport, all athletes participate, beginning practice in March, attending invitational meets throughout the spring.

The ACHS Scholastic Program consists of three disciplines, trap, skeet and sporting clays. Scieszinski competes in all three disciplines. After the state trap competition, he is ranked sixth in the state. After each discipline’s state event, athletes’ scores are calculated for placing. Sciezinski will compete at the state sporting clays event June 17 and at the state skeet shoot June 24-25.

Lane Kaldenberg, Hindman, Gray and Rozenboom also shoot in all three disciplines.

Friday, June 9, state trap competition consisted of 200 targets, in 25 increments. One hundred targets in the morning and a second 100 in the afternoon are shot. Up until the state competition, during the 2017 season’s invitational competition, the team had two students, Garrett Gray and Cody Hindman, earn 25 straight patches and Dalton Lawless earn a 50 straight patch.The 25 straight success changed with an impressive outcome a tthe state meet. Team members earned a total of 17 25-straight patvhes and one 50-straight patch. Henderson, Hunt, McAninch and McCombs hit 25 targets straight twice. Scieszinski hit 25 tarkets straight three times.

Little twice hit 25 straight and once hit 50 targets straight.

This is the ninth year for Albia shooters to compete at state. Little’s score of 196, missing just four targets out of 200, is the highest score for an Albia team member at a state event. Little, a senior, finished 11th out of 885 boys shooting.

After the state event, with 12 students returning, the 2018 season looks good. Four of the six junior varsity athletes have averages above 40. Major and McAninch each have a 44.3 average. Seventeen of the trap team shooters ended the season with averages above 40. Averages are calculated using scores from 50 target invitational meets and final scores from state.

Squads consisting of five students compete in a 1,000 target event at state. Albia’s squad of Little, Lawelss, Hindman, Sinclair and McDonald hit 927, placing them 22nd out of 170 senior varsity squads.

Competing with 66 state Iowa teams, Albia’s trap team member squad with High Overall Scores (HOA) were: Little 196, Scieszinski 194, Lawless 192, Sinclair 185 and Henderson 182. With a score of 949, the squad placed 12th in the 66 team HOA event, finishing above all over all other teams in the Southeast Conference competing at state.

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