An informational meeting for students and parents interested in Owatonna High School's first trap shooting team will be held Tuesday, November 29, in the junior high cafeteria at 7PM.

The Owatonna School Board approved trap shooting at their August meeting. The debut season for the Huskies will be spring 2017. The team is open to students in grades 8-12 who have completed their firearm safety training. The Owatonna Gun Club will be the home range for Owatonna. The sport is open to boys and girls and adaptive athletes.

Coach Dave Schroeder said at the time of approval that he believed the inaugural team would be limited to about 50 members. Some schools have 100 or more shooters. The only limit is the availability of time at the shooting range. Weekly competitions are held on a virtual basis. Teams always shoot at their home range and their scores are compared to schools in their conference.

Conferences are set up based on number of participants, not school enrollment. Most schools allow athletes to compete in other spring sports in addition to trap shooting. While the Minnesota State High School League hosts a state tournament in the spring, the regular season is governed by the Minnesota State High School Clay Target League. Some schools hold their weekly shoots on Sundays.

Most Big Nine schools have a trap shooting team. More than 10,000 shooters representing 319 schools participated in the spring 2016 season. There is also a fall league. Austin won its conference this fall. Medford was a fall league conference champ as well. There is no state tournament held during the fall season.

NRHEG, Blooming Prairie and Triton all sponsor trap shooting teams.

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