abc
QUICK LINKS:

High School Trapshooting

Updated: 04/23/2014 10:51 PM
Created: 04/22/2014 7:51 PM WDIO.com
By: Laura Kennedy
lkennedy@wdio.com

A leg injury would put many athletes on the bench. For trapshooter Travis Salo, it's barely an inconvenience.

"Nothing really changed actually," Salo said. "I just put a chair under my broken leg and started shooting. I even surprised myself with good scores."

Salo shoots for Hermantown. He's one of nearly 100 athletes who compete at the Jack Meade Gun Club on Monday nights. Duluth's team is new this spring, and Proctor started a club last year. Grant Morin was a founding member.

"I always liked the outdoors and shooting and stuff like that but never really had the opportunity to," Morin said. "The opportunity rose and I just kind of jumped at it."

Both say the learning curve is favorable.

"It is one of those rare opportunities where you can go and practice at it and be good at it within three or four weeks," Morin said.

And the competition is friendly.

"All three teams shoot with each other and we have a good time," Salo said. "We all try competing with each other but there's no pressure to do better than each other. It's more of an individual sport."

Each athlete shoots from five different stations for total 25 shots. They compile their scores and match up against other teams around the state. Wind and weather play a big role, so shooters have to be mentally sharp.

"It's a mind game for sure," Morin said. "It's kind of like golf. You always want to go out there and get the next one. When you miss it can get frustrating. You just have to shake it off and get to the next one."

Gun club president George Pappas says trapshooting is the one of the fastest growing high school activities in Minnesota.

"Very competitive," he said. "With 6,100 kids in the league, you're going to see some of the best shooters in the world here actually."

And it's refreshing to see so many young faces taking aim at this lifetime sport.

"This is our future. this is how this is going to continue," Pappas said. "If we don't do this, our future is going to be of older shooters, so this is a great thing for the club."

Front Page

  • 3 Residents Escape Hibbing Apartment Fire

    Around 70 emergency responders spent much of their Thanksgiving Day fighting a two-alarm fire at a Hibbing apartment building. Two adults and one child were inside but escaped. They were taken to a hospital for evaluation.

  • Thousands of Northlanders go to Thanksgiving Buffet at the DECC

    The annual Twin Ports Region Thanksgiving Buffet was held at the DECC on Thursday. This is the 25th year of the dinner produced by Twin Ports community volunteers and the College of St. Scholastica. The event served an estimated 65 hundred meals including 13 hundred meals that were delivered around the area.

  • Shoppers Make Thanksgiving Bargain Hunting New Tradition

    More and more Americans are now making gift shopping on Thanksgiving a new holiday tradition, and in Duluth, one retail welcomed shoppers at 7 a.m. on Turkey Day with deals. Experts say 25 million shoppers will hit stores to take advantage of the early deals this Thanksgiving....

  • One Man Dead After House Fire in Town of Superior

    One man is dead after a house fire broke out in the Town of Superior on Thursday morning. It happened around 1:30 a.m. on the 6300 block of South Darrow Road. Crews arrived on the scene to find the lower floor of the two-story house fully engulfed.

  • Group Aims to Spread the Love to Service Members Overseas

    'Tis the season to give and a group of women in northwestern Wisconsin is spreading the love to our service members overseas. They need the public's help to fill 300 boxes before Christmas.

 

Winter Weather Advisory

MN AREAS AFFECTED: Pine
Expires: 11/28/2014 4:00 PM

Winter Weather Advisory

WI AREAS AFFECTED: Burnett; Price; Sawyer; Washburn
Expires: 11/28/2014 4:00 PM

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement