GENEVA – It is an exciting time to be a member of the Fillmore County Trap Team.
After a successful summer, the trap team received around $4,500 from the NRA in a Youth Program Grant, to go along with some other donors for their 45 shooter squad.
“Well, it’s a process to get a grant from the NRA. You apply for a grant. They have things that they make available to you: shells, practice rocks and some cash if you need cash for things. You apply for that and they go through a board. They weed out who they think is most important and who needs it the most,” said Coach Ron Schropfer.
The NRA also provides safety lessons for all of the athletes that they help support.
That money is going to a team that brought home numerous awards and accolades over the 2017 season.
“We had a lot of kids shoot really well, come home with a lot of hardware each week. I think we had six or seven kids make All-Conference teams at conference. Then, we go to state the first weekend in May. This year at state, we came home with 17, either medals or trophies, for the season this year. It was really nice,” declared Assistant Coach Christine Coash.
Some of their many accomplishments this season included the High School Female State Champion and Junior High Female State Runner-Up.
“Our team really works together well. If anybody ever needs something, somebody is always there. People are constantly forgetting stuff and everybody is always lending a helping hand to get people where they need to be and remind people when they need to shoot. We’re a really helping team,” said State Champion, Lauryn Monteforte.
State Runner-Up, KayLynn Sieber, added, “I agree with Lauryn. We just help each other when needed and support each other 100%.”
With all the success and the support from donors and the NRA, the major thing is that these kids have a blast with their team. They also very much love their coaches.
“It’s very fun because not everyone listens to them all the time, but when you do it helps you out a lot and you can make jokes about them sometimes,” exclaimed Conner Nun.