2017 State Trap Shooting Championship Recap

Loess Hills Shooting Stars – 2017 State Runner-Up

The Iowa High School State Trapshooting Championships was held in Cedar Falls on June 9-10. The Loess Hills Shooting Stars Varsity Trap Team earned their highest finish since they started competing in 2010. This one-class event, regardless of school size, saw the Harrison County sharpshooters gain a State Runner-Up Finish at the state competition.

In the team competition, the Loess Hills Varsity Red Squad of Garett Tierney, Ethan Thomas, Adam Svejda, McKenna Wohlers and Taylor Nelson earned a second place finish with a total score of 956 clays broken out of 1,000 clays thrown.  First place went to Solon High School with a score of 988, with third place going to North Scott High School with a score of 953. 

The Loess Hills Shooting Stars top high school varsity shooter went to McKenna Wohlers of Missouri Valley, who finished tied for first place after the first round with Nicole Breese from Solon with a score 198 out of 200 clays in the Ladies Varsity Division.  In a shoot-off for first place, Wohlers fell two clays short, finishing in second place behind Breese for the Ladies Trap Championship Title.  Kylie Tierney of Missouri Valley also earned a top-10 finish, as she tied for seventh place in the Ladies Varsity Division.  Wohlers capped the weekend by being named to the 2017 Ladies All-State Trap Team. 

The Men’s Varsity Division Individual State Title went to Nick Vsetecka of Solon High School who was a perfect 200 clays broken out of 200 clays thrown.  Adam Svejda of Missouri Valley placed 36th with a score of 193, and Brandon Nelson of Logan-Magnolia placed 38th with a score of 193. A total of 865 participants were competing for the men’s title.  The top men’s junior varsity shooter from the Loess Hills Trap Team was Clayton Ross of Logan-Magnolia High School, who earned a fifth place finish after winning a shoot off in the men’s junior varsity division with Hunter Block of Ankeny. 

The Iowa State Trap Championships are held every year in June at the Cedar Falls Gun Club in Cedar Falls.  Every year, new attendance records are being set at this growing sport across the country.  This year’s attendance was 3,700 youth from grades five through 12, representing clubs and schools as a sport across Iowa.  Minnesota has the highest attendance at their State Trap Championships with over 10,000 youth involved.

This year’s Varsity Red Squad’s second place finish was especially significant because of all the large schools that compete with the small schools and clubs equally on the same trap field. 

The 2017 Loess Hills Trap Team has a total of 42 shooters on this year’s team, including eight women. This group consists of both middle and high school students, grades 5-12, from Dunlap, Logan, Missouri Valley, Woodbine, West Harrison, and Lewis Central Schools.  Competition is held once a week, and participants will be competing against shooters of their own skill level.  Anyone from the area schools, age 12 through 18 years of age, are welcomed participate in the sport.  Registration is open in late January for the season that runs March through June. 

“They are a goal orientated group that doesn’t like to lose, and that’s a great trait to have if you like to compete,” stated Coach Dave Tierney. “This is the highest we’ve ever placed since we started going over there seven years ago, and I couldn’t be any more proud of this entire team.  Hopefully, we’ll spark some more interest and continue to build our program.”

Team members of the Loess Hills Trap Team who attended the 2017 State Championships: Logan-Magnolia - Taylor Nelson, Stetson Dickman, Brandon Nelson, Leah Millikan, Austin Yost, Carter Ross, Clayton Ross; Missouri Valley - Garett Tierney, Ethan Thomas, Adam Svejda, McKenna Wohlers, Kylie Tierney, Dylan Endriss, Aaron Strong, Brek Boruff, Brad Ortner, Hayden Kocour, TJ Anderson; Woodbine - Matthew Dorland, Cody Brunow, Caleb Loftus, Ben Dorland, Colton Swenson; West Harrison - Marvin Watts, Jesse Watts; Council Bluffs Lewis Central - Karney Rhoades, Brokus Price. Boyer Valley – Megan Coberly.  

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