The Junior High Trap team is pictured.

The Junior High Trap team is pictured.

The newly instated Junior High Trap team competed in its first meet Friday, Oct. 16, at the Poplar Bluff Gun Club, showcasing some real potential despite having limited time to practice shooting, according to spectators.

“Several coaches of other schools were impressed with the skill level of the team,” stated Sandy Pike, a parent. “Trap is one of the biggest up and coming sports, and it ties in well with all the conservation opportunities we have in this area.”

In September, the Board of Education approved the establishment of a trap team at the Junior High level so students can gain two more years of competitive experience before entering high school. Josh Wesemann, a PBJHS social studies teacher, was named coach per recommendation of Dr. Amy Jackson, R-I assistant superintendent of personnel.

The Senior High Trap team has been in existence for about a decade, according to volunteer parents who—along with coaches—helped consult with the younger team organizers. Last year, four Senior High team members out of only 20 from a multi-state region were selected to participate in the Mizzou Trap Academy. Sophomore Hannah Cash went on to place second in the nation.

The sport of trap is sponsored by the Missouri State High School Activities Association. Each of the participants are required to maintain membership under the Missouri Trap Shooters Association, and the coaches must be certified to instruct students in shooting and safety through the National Rifle Association.

(From left) Coach Josh Wesemann, first place winner Dylan Hale, second place winner Jon Pike, and third place winner Keaton Carr.

(From left) Coach Josh Wesemann, first place winner Dylan Hale, second place winner Jon Pike, and third place winner Keaton Carr.

 

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Tim Krakowiak Communications/Marketing Coordinator Poplar Bluff R-I School District 573-785-1021, ext. 137 www.poplarbluffschools.net/news-bureau/