Clark, Chab lead shooters at State Contest

By Cheri Ernst

More than 2,000 shooters competed at the home grounds of the Nebraska Trapshooting Association (NTA) in Doniphan for the National Invite April 30 through May 2.  

The competition consisted of individual and team divisions. The weather for the weekend promised and delivered perfect shooting conditions. The Falls City Trap Team had eight juniors shooting on Thursday, April 30, 100 targets from the 16 yard line. We had one full team of five, and three shooting as individuals.  

Below are the totals for our juniors competing:


Garrett Clark96

Trey Gilkerson80

Jake Joy86

Hannah Kirkendall65

Dylan Frederick86

Team total413


Braydon Frederick58

Emily Ernst56

Jack Findlay80


For the juniors, Garrett’s 96 listed from above brought him home a medal for placing 8thout of 961 shooters! Also to be recognized is Dylan Frederick for shooting a straight 25/25.

On Friday all high schoolers  shot 75 targets from the 16 yard line and returned on Saturday to shoot another 75 targets from their handicap lines.



T. DeBusk712463134

D. Eickhoff662258124

L. Kirkendall732456129

Ryan Chab752559134

J. Frederick682347115

Team total353636


Justin Ernst632156119

John Barnhart622153115

James Barnhart38185593

Libby Schawang622166128

Melanie Wilson50184494

Team total275549


Ryan Chab brought home a medal for placing 11thout of 1,585 shooters! To earn this placement, he shot 75 straight followed by another 22/25 in a shoot off. Also to be recognized on the senior team is Lucas Kirkendall, for shooting a straight 50 out of 50 and Libby Schawang for shooting  a straight 25.

Doniphan brings an end to the 2015 trap season and a lot of changes for next year. It will be a great loss to lose our eight seniors due to graduation, some of these shooters they have coached since 6thgrade. But looking into next year, we currently will have four of our juniors moving up to the high school squads, which is also looking promising.  

As Head Coach Dennis Chandler walks off the trap field late Saturday evening, he is  feeling very proud of how all the kids did this year.

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