In late September, the Sleepy Eye FFA Trapshoot Team competed at the State Shoot in Marshall.

In late September, the Sleepy Eye FFA Trapshoot Team competed at the State Shoot in Marshall. Team members that competed included Owen Braun, Kyle Christensen, Michael Gratz, Parker Neid, Josh Nelson, Jaden Sellner and Matthew Sellner.

There were two parts to the competition—trapshoot and sporting clays. For the trapshoot competition, there were 285 competitors and 34 teams. Parker Neid was the top shooter from Sleepy Eye, placing 54th with an individual score of 41 out of 50. Matthew Sellner was the next top shooter on the team with a score of 40. The team score was 153, which led to the team placing 16th out of 35 teams.

For the sporting clay competition, there were 198 competitors and 23 teams. The team placed 18th. Michael Gratz was the top shooter on the team, placing 14th individually with a score of 41 out of 50. Kyle Christensen was the next shooter on the team, with an individual score of 35.

Trap shooting and sporting clays are two of the three major forms of competitive clay pigeon shooting. The objective of the trap shooting team is to involve students in the highest standards of safety, sportsmanship and ethical behavior, along with safe and responsible use of firearms. The program also helps members develop self-confidence, personal discipline, sportsmanship and teamwork.

The Sleepy Eye Trapshoot team had a great season which concluded at the State Shoot. The team really worked together to achieve success and pulled together to help each other out with equipment and shooting strategies. The Sleepy Eye Sportsmen’s Club sponsors the team with shirts, registration fees, and ammunition.