HUDSON – Just five years ago there were just 82 high school trap shooting teams in the state of Wisconsin. Now, there are over 260 of them.
Prescott is one of these new teams. The squad, which has 20 members, was formed this winter and having its first varsity season this spring.
“We’re very excited about this opportunity,” Head Coach Chris Patraw said. “It’s a lettered sport. Anyone can come out grades 9-12 and it’s a sport where girls and boys compete together rather than on separate teams which is almost unique in varsity prep sports.”
The team shoots trap at the Hudson Rod and Gun Club, which also home to several trap shooting teams in Minnesota and Wisconsin, including the host Raiders. A prep trap shooter will be there at least once per week for practice or meet competition against other trap teams. Often times the kids will come to the club on their own where their get a half-off discount to practice their shooting. They’ll shoot at least 100 shells a week. But much of the practice takes place back at the high school.
“The sportsman’s club donated a trap shooting simulator to us,” Patraw said. “It helps us learn fundamentals and techniques of the sport in terms of stances, how to hold the gun, aiming, so were not wasting shells.”
For more on this story read the Prescott Journal on newsstands Wednesday.