By David Troppens
Last year the Fenton High School trap shooting team finished the season fourth in the nation.
This season the squad has lofty goals once again. Those goals start with team enrollment.
“We have 21 high school and middle school kids on the team,” Fenton trap team coach Kevin Johnson said. “We opened the team up to middle school students. They all compete against each other. It doesn’t matter if they are 12, they will be competing against 16-, 17- and 18-year olds.”
The season is off to a strong start. The squad is in first place after one week of competition after scoring 689 points during its opening week of at the Linden Sportsmens Club. Teams from around the state compete at their own clubs, record their data and then compare the results to create the standings. Fenton competes in the five-team 1A Conference 2 league, and its 689 points were 175.5 points ahead of second-place Napoleon High School.
Each competitor ends up shooting two rounds of 25 clay targets for a total of 50. During the opening week, Fenton’s Garrett Bloss, Thomas Scott and Christian Scott hit 47 of 50 targets, tying for first place.
Right behind those three were teammates Parker Bundy and Adam Dickie with 46 targets hit. Vaughn Doyle also had a strong first week, hitting 43 targets.
“We have a good group of kids,” Johnson said. “They all come out, shoot well and have fun.”
The Tigers did even better during the second week of the season, posting a team score of 713.5.
The clay target season consists of a fall and a spring season. The fall season includes five competition weeks with a league champion honored after its conclusion. The spring season begins with registration through March. Practice starts March 31 and actual competition begins April 21. The state tournament is June 15 and the national championship is from July 10 to 14 in Mason.