Fenton High School Trap Shooting Team Excels

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If you are like me, you probably did not realize that local high schools had Trap shooting teams. The revelation came to me via a Facebook post that my nephew, Brady Ward, had made the Quincy High School Varsity squad. That accomplishment would not likely be news outside the immediate family. Except, Brady is 13 years old, in the 8th grade, and apparently a very good shooter when it comes to hitting clay pigeons.

Clay Shooting

As I investigated the sport a little more, it turns out we have some exceptional athletes here in Fenton. Trap shooting is a club sport at Fenton High School. Which means it is a self-funded activity for student participants. Club members purchase their own equipment, supplies, and range time. The school provides a coach, Kevin Johnson, and a faculty advisor.

Fenton’s inaugural team, during the 2015-16 school year, won the State Championship. They repeated as State Champions in 2016-2017.

Trap shooting is often confused with skeet shooting. Both sports use shotguns firing pellets to take down clay targets flung through the air via a mechanical launching device. Skeet shooting features clay targets launched from towers downrange from the shooter. The targets come from different directions and often cross.

Trap shooting targets are launched from a ground level box close to the shooter. Targets fly up and away from the shooter in various directions. Similar to a bird flushed into taking flight.

This year Fenton placed 3rd in the State. Good enough to qualify for the inaugural National Championship of the USA High School Clay Target League. The Nationals were held in Mason, MI, and hosted by the Michigan Trapshooting Association, July 12-15. Chase Quinn from Fenton won the Individual State Championship with a perfect score of 100 targets hit.

 

Fenton finished 4th in the nation in the Team competition. Parker Bundy finished 82nd, the highest placing Fenton Tiger in the National Individual competition.

 

Four members of this years Fenton High School Trap Shooting Club earned All-State honors. Parker Bundy, Trevor Johnson, Garrett Bloss, and Zachary Jobe.
Here is a list of the Fenton High School Clay Target Club members who participated in the State Tournament and how they faired. V=Varsity, JV=Junior Varsity, N=Novice

Michigan State Championship Scores

Team: Fenton High School
Total
Athlete Class Rank Total Rev
Score Run**
 Chase Quinn V 1 100 100
 Garrett Bloss V 14 96 20
 Christian Scott V 20 95 29
 Vaughn Doyle V 27 94 29
 Trevor Johnson V 38 93 8
 Zachary Jobe V 64 91 37
 Jack Killian V 96 88 10
 Trevor Bloss V 105 87 13
 Jacob Donaldson V 146 83 1
 Cray Dumeah V 146 83 3
 Mike Miller V 146 83 8
 Nicholas Persails V 146 83 1
 Connor Mead V 156 82 1
 Joey Pierce V 156 82 3
 James Brown V 178 79 2
 Brendan Miles V 187 75 5
 Thomas Scott JV 74 79 10
 Jacob Kinser JV 116 74 0
 Landon Lapa JV 122 73 1
 Kaz Sieja JV 122 73 1
 Roanan Stellberger JV 155 66 1
 Bradley Trecha N 8 81 5
 Josh Pierce N 45 68 2
** Reverse Run
How many targets hit in a row from the end until previous miss

 

Congratulations to Fenton High School’s Competitive Shooting Athletes on a great year.

 

Oh, can’t forget to give a special shout-out to my nephew Brady Ward, 123rd in the State as an 8th grader. Way to go, dude.

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