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Up North: Hibbing Trap Team Aims for Another Successful Spring

Eyewitness Sports
Updated: October 17, 2018 11:05 PM

To be a successful shooter, is almost like being a machine. Asking athletes to be perfect in everything they do to achieve consistency when breaking targets.

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In a sport like trap shooting, every target matters.

"It's always different when you're performing under pressure than when we're here," said Hibbing senior Caylee Osborne referencing their home shooting range in Hibbing. "It's kind of getting used to that and knowing what to expect."

Osborne has been with the team since it started, but had actually never shot a gun until joining.

"I like that it's individual, but there's also team aspects," said Osborne. "You can come here and practice and keep improving."

Now entering their sixth season as a program, but their first time competing among the fall league, the Bluejackets sit second in their conference and have five shooters within the top 100 in the state.

"It's non-traditional. It doesn't matter your physical size or your stature. You can come out here and as long as you can hold a gun and listen to basic directions, you can break targets," said Hibbing Trap Shooting head coach Scott Lindstrom.

Their main season takes place in the spring where Hibbing finished fifth last year as a team at state, and took second the year prior. As a sophomore Peter Jensen even took 10th overall at the national tournament last season.

"It's really incredible just to see that many kids at one time," Jensen said about the tournament. "It's unbelievable and everybody shoots so good there too."

Jensen competed against more than 2,000 of the nations best youth clay target student athletes, but in Minnesota the Clay Target League is known as one of the fastest growing sports.

"2008 the league started,. Three teams, 30 kids. Last year, there were 349 teams and about 12,000 athletes that participated," said Lindstrom about the league continuing to grow.

"I think just having more people join every single year, we can show them the ropes," added Jensen. "So when seniors leave, we can just get better and better."

The team has one more competition left in the fall season and they're hoping to position themselves to first in their conference. Plus, after getting seeing more birds and getting more rounds in, the team is hoping their hard work pays off this spring season.

Visit here to learn more about the team.

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