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7/5/2017 10:08:00 AM
Kudos to trap team, coaches, school

Joel Alvstad
Sports Editor

I'll be the first to admit that I'm not overly familiar with matters of the outdoors.
But I've tried to acquaint myself with things a little better, like hunting seasons and regulations.
A sport like trapshooting, though, has me at a bit of a loss as far as how to handle it.
As I documented in my story on the Windom Area High School trap team last week, it's a very unique sport. There really isn't any head-to-head competition. All the regular-season shoots are done as simulated meets, with each team shooting at its own course.
As a result, I ran a season wrap-up for the team.
My hope in the future is that I can cover this more like I would any other high school sport, which means I will need to be able to access the weekly results through the course of the season.
But that's my goal, because these kids deserve the recognition as much as any other team does.
Putting a team together in just a few short months is a difficult task and took a lot of work. Dakota Scott, who will be a senior in the fall, did much of the legwork to secure school board approval. FFA Advisor Darcy Dahna also played a significant role.
But the program's coaches deserve a lot of credit for making sure the participants showed up at their designated times each week and to provide instruction on the skill of trapshooting.
And the school also deserves a lot of credit for offering trapshooting, which not only offers another competitive avenue for students, but also gives students a refresher in firearms safety and responsibility.
It was a very successful season for the Eagle team, which had 13 participants at the State Clay Target Meet, held in Alexandria. The meet attracted over 7,800 shooters over a nine-day period. To be part of something that big is something the participants will always remember.
Hopefully, the Eagle program will continue to grow and prosper.
Two additions
I neglected to mention one thing in my story on the Windom trapshooting team last week that needs to be said.
Coach Justin Johnson told me that the Cottonwood County Game and Fish League was one of the main donors for the program.
I apologize for this omission. The Game and Fish League is a tremendous group that does a lot to promote outdoor activity, particularly for our area youth.
Likewise, I horribly understated the number of participants in the Minnesota Clay Target League Meet, which was over 7,800. That makes it the largest trapshooting event in the entire world.
Mistakes were made
It always gnaws at me when I make a mistake that somehow finds its way into print.
But in the past month, I had two that totally slipped under my radar.
• In our state tournament special section, I apparently identified RRC/WWG senior Corey Maras as his older brother Daniel in one of the photos. That's a mistake I've made before, so I really do feel badly about it. To Corey, I apologize. You had a great state tournament run.
• In my story on the Big South Conference fastpitch team, apparently I had forgotten that Windom senior Sydney Erickson had earned all-conference last year. I referred to her honor this year as the first of her career, which was incorrect. I apologize for the mistake.

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