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Colfax Sportsman Team participates in 2017 Scholastic Action Shooting Sports and Scholastic Clay Target National Championships

The Colfax Sportsmens Club sent 15 athletes to the 2017 Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) and Scholastic Action Shooting Program (SASP) national championships on July 14 and 15, 2017 in Marengo, OH. 

The athletes competed in Optics Rifle, rimfire pistol, centerfire pistol and the new this year 1911 pistol divisions.

Coming in 21 of 34 teams in the “open” class of optics rifle, was the team’s youngest shooters, competing against squads of top Sr. Vasity and Jr. Varsity as well as intermediate shooters.

The squad consisted of Kimberly Krista, Arianna Pickering, Nevan Nosker and Nathan Nosker. The Open division is for grouping squads when not all four athletes on a squad are in the same age/skill classification. Colfax had three rookies and one first year intermediate shooter. Pretty much a stacked deck as they were competing directly against squads of three high school seniors! Coming in as high as they did is great and an accomplishment they should be congratulated on!

Two Rimfire Pistol squads also shot in the Open class. One was able to place 9th out of 40 teams competing.

That squad consisted of Trevor Rothbauer, Marshall Reed, Gavin Wenz and Michaela Helland. Placing so high was great, especially considering that this was the first year competing for three of the squad members. Gavin Wenz has been really training hard and was able to place 32nd out of 183 men shooting rimfire pistol across all divisions. An impressive accomplishment but more impressive when you consider he is in his first year shooting a pistol!

Nokomis Nosker shot on a squad of one in the rimfire open class. She was able to place 52nd of 91 lady shooters in all divisions.

In center fire pistol Colfax had two squads competing in Sr. Varsity and one in the Open class.

In the open class was a partial squad of Brandon Helland and Jackson Zunker. They were able to place 5th of 15 squads, even handicapped by only having half of a squad!

The other squad was in Sr. Varsity, consisting of James Delambert, James Budnaitis, Trin Gunnufson and Ethan Leach, was able to place a strong 2nd. This is the first time the Colfax team has been able to place so high at the national championships.

Colfax’ final competitive squad was in Sr Varsity class of the new 1911 pistol division. This division only allows 1911 style (or 2011 double stack) pistols firing a 9mm or larger caliber.

In the squad was James Delambert, James Budnaitis, Brandon Helland and Ethan Leach. They were able to place 3rd! A great accomplishment that put the team “on the podium” twice!

The Colfax Trap Team also competed at the National meet. Coach Charlie Owens was there with four members of the team shooting. They shot 200 rounds each and their final score was as follows: Trevor Rothbauer Sr. Varsity from Colfax shot a 184; James Budnaitis Jr. Varsity from Eau Claire shot a 175 (Very 1st year of shooting Trap); Aiden McKee Entry Level Intermediate from Colfax shot a 134 (Very 1st year of shooting Trap); and Nokomis Nosker Advanced Intermediate from Colfax shot a 125.

Four members of the Colfax Pistol team were also competing as part of the Clear Water Explosion Team. Brandon Helland of Eau Claire shot a 192; Ashley Bowers of Eau Claire shot a 181; Nicholas Bowers of Eau Claire shot a 171; and Michaela Helland of Eau Claire shot a 118.

All these great competitive accomplishments of the team were only possible with the support of the Colfax Sportsmen’s Club, the community and the parents of the fine athletes.

About the 2017 Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) and Scholastic Action Shooting Program (SASP)

The following information is quoted from the website, published July 20, 2017 and written by Joe Wieczorek: 

The 2017 Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) and Scholastic Action Shooting Program (SASP) National Championships brought together competitive shooters National Championships brought together competitive shooters, ages 8 to 23, from 32 states to compete for national titles in the shotgun disciplines of American Trap, Handicap Trap, Bunker Trap, Trap Doubles, Skeet, Skeet Doubles and Sporting Clays. Pistol and rifle competitors competed for steel shooting titles in Rimfire Pistol, Centerfire Pistol, Iron Sight Rifle and Optics Rifle divisions.

The Numbers At-a-Glance:

• 1,043,100 Competitive rounds were fired by 2,687 shooting sports competitors from 32 states during the 8 day event (Approx. 1.4 million including the games and practice)

• Participation in the Scholastic Action Shooting Program (SASP) increased 119%, from 2013 to 2017 (from 199 to 436 athletes)

• Participation in the Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) increased 19.5%, from 2013 to 2017 (from 1883 to 2251 athletes)

• Women are the fastest growing segment of the shooting sports, making up 18% of the National Championship competitors (16% of SCTP shooters, 30% of SASP shooters)

• $425,000.00 (SCTP) and $84,750.00 (SASP) MidwayUSA Foundation Team Endowment Funds earned at the 2017 National Championships

• SSSF has awarded $100,000 in scholarships to SCTP and SASP participants this season and over $300,000 in total scholarships since 2013

• SCTP and SASP make up the largest youth shooting program in the country with over 16,211 youth athletes in 45 states (14,854 in SCTP, 1,357 in SASP)

• 6.3 million clay targets were thrown during the 2016-17 SCTP competition season as recorded by the SSSF’s SHOT 5 team registration and event management system 

Awards presented during the 2017 National Championships:

• Trophies – 186

• Plaques – 90

• Medals – 1,290

• Cups – 10

• Belt Buckles – 60

• Leather Bags and shell box holders (HOA Awards) – 20

• Cases of Shotgun Ammo – 170

• Firearms – 67