Central Falcons win youth clay target shooting state championship

/United States Marine Corps photo-Public Domain. Via Wikimedia Commons

/United States Marine Corps photo-Public Domain. Via Wikimedia Commons

The Central Falcons, a youth clay target team representing Westosha Central High School in Paddock Lake, won their first ever Wisconsin State High Overall Championship on June 27. The High Overall designation means that the Falcons had the highest combined total for the three Wisconsin State Championships in Skeet, Sporting Clays, and Trap.

Critical performances by John Dietz, Ben Schroeder, and Nick Thomey in Skeet; John Dietz, Brandon Sites, and Tyler Perona in Sporting Clays; as well as outstanding trap scores contributed by Matt Perona, John Dietz, Dustin Hucker, Nick Thomey and Nick Leopoldt resulted in the overall win, as well as First Place Varsity finishes in the Skeet and Trap disciplines. Scores from Evan Wisniewski, Dalton Karow, Tyler Perona, and Nathan Miller could also have been used to contribute to the State Trap win without changing the result, however only scores from five athletes are used for scoring purposes.

Standout scores from John Dietz in all three State Championships earned him the High Overall designation in the individual category as well.

This year’s Wisconsin Scholastic Clay Target Program Championships were attended by record numbers of collegiate, high school, middle, and elementary school athletes. The Trap event, held at the Wisconsin Trapshooting Association’s Homegrounds Shooting Park in Rome, Wisconsin, boasted 967 youth participants.

The team is grateful for support from The Conservation Club of Kenosha County (Bristol Ranges) and for the use of their shotgun range which serves as the home field where they practice. The Scholastic Clay Target Program is a nation-wide youth development program that sponsors clay target teams and competitions in all clay target disciplines, including American Trap and Skeet, Sporting Clays, Olympic (Bunker) Trap, International Skeet, and Doubles Trap. Several SCTP athletes attend camps at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs each year where they hope to obtain the skills necessary to compete on the Olympic level.

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