Loyal school trap team shooting for strong first season



For most students involved in a high school extra-curricular activity, the standard equipment needed is a good pair of shoes, a musical instrument, maybe a helmet, and a uniform. For those participating in Loyal’s newest club, the gear might include a 12-gauge Remington pump-action shotgun, a box of #9 steel shot, and some ear and eye protection.
Ten Loyal High School students are part of the school’s inaugural clay target trap shooting team that gathers after school on Wednesdays at the Loyal Sportsman’s Club to make some noise. They belong to the Wisconsin High School Clay Target League and are competing against other clubs around the state. Sponsored by the Loyal Sportsman’s Club, the team is made up so far of several shooters who have been knocking clay pigeons out of the sky for some time already, and a few novices in the sport.
The Wisconsin State High School Clay Target League has been around since 2014, but Loyal became a part of it for the first time this spring. There are 87 high school teams in the organization this year, with more than 2,300 students taking part. The 9-week season going on now culminates in a June 8 state tournament in Rome, near Nekoosa.

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