Three high school trap shooters heading to Junior Olympic Development Camp

/Earlene Frederick photo

/Earlene Frederick photo

Three Kenosha County teens have been selected to attend the Junior Olympic Development Camp for trap shooting at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs.

Bryan Griffey and Dalton Karow, both juniors at Central High School and members of the Falcon’s varsity team, along with John McRae, a senior at Wilmot High School and a member of the Panther’s varsity team will attend camp Aug. 21-25. The four-day camp will involve Olympic style trap.

There were 18 possible spots for the whole country, but they chose to fill only 12, with three of them are from western Kenosha County. The written application had to demonstrate commitment and achievement in the sport, and plans and goals for future success. The three local shooters will hone their skill in the international style of shooting and coaches will see if they have the attitude and aptitude to make Olympic athletes.

The three of them started shooting by their early teens. Karow shoots about 20 boxes each week (500 rounds) 20 rounds of trap; that’s about triple what most students shoot. John McRae shoots about 5 days a week at the peak of the season. They can’t practice for what they are going to do in Colorado, because the level is so much higher than what they have available. The closest facility that is anything like that is in St. Louis. In the schools, shooting is recognized as a club, not a sport. Central does allow them to earn letters and pins. Wilmot did allow letters at first, but that ceased. The Central team is four years old and has about 68 shooters. Wilmot’s team is a couple years older and has about 85 shooters. The teams are open to male and female members. Both teams went to the national tournament in Sparta, IL. There were 1,900 competitors at the national tournament. Griffey got 195 out of 200, 110th overall Varsity. Karow scored 196 out of 200, 48th overall Varsity. As a side note, Wilmot graduate Ryan Lipstreuer shooting trap shot 200. They have their team shirts, and each wears eye and ear protection, and most wear a hat to keep the sun out of their eyes. Some like a vest or pouch to carry their shells and empty shells. More advanced shooters tend to use a target grade shotgun, it breaks open in the middle, more reliable less moving parts, and less likely to break.

“A target grade shotgun, you’ll move the gun up and aim just below the bottom of the target, so you can get the whole picture of the target. A field grade shotgun, you cover the target, you can’t see it when you shoot,” explained Karow.

Griffey started with a field grade shot gun.

“A coach told me to shoot with a trap grade shot gun. I can’t do it. I don’t have enough money to buy a gun” said Griffey. At their invitational, they had a gun raffle and his dad won the raffle…a trap grade gun.

Wilmot practices at Powers Lakes Sportsman Club. Central practices at the Bristol Conservation Club.

Here’s a video with a lot more explanation about the camp and the sport:



One Comment

  1. Jeannie Koenig says:

    As a Wilmot Team coach, I am very proud of John. But as a coach in general, I am very proud of all three and feel the teams have fantastic programs and will be forces to recon with in the coming years. Good luck boys!

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