Kearney Trapshooting Club takes first in state

The Team 1 Kearney High School trapshooting team took first out of 394 teams in the state of Missouri. The team members are, from left: Nathan Pratt, Joey Sempek, Savannah Peisert, Hayden George-Duncan and Hunter Wheeler.

KEARNEY — The Missouri Trapshooters Association held its postponed state trapshooting competition from the 2019-20 school year. The Kearney Trapshooting Club took three teams to Linn Creek to compete against 394 teams to see which team is best in the state.

Team 1 members are Hayden George-Duncan, Savannah Peisert, Nathan Pratt, Joey Sempek and Hunter Wheeler. Team 2 members are Kale Campbell, Ethan Cox, Jordan Hoessel, Jenner Swindler and Kolben Swindler. Team 3 members are Jordan Robertson and Jossie Taylor.

Team 2 and Team 3 had a good showing setting some personal records but fell short from the medal rounds. A few of the shooters were getting their first taste of state competition, according to Head Coach Jonathan Hart.

On the other hand, Team 1 was full of seasoned state shooters with each shooter previously earning a state championship in another competition. At this year’s state competition, as a team, they shot 482 birds out of 500. That is an average of 96/100 birds hit by each shooter.

Sempek also shot 99/100 to earn the second-place state trophy in the category of juniors in the state competition.

Out of the other 394 teams that competed, the 482/500 was the best high school team score making Kearney High School’s Team 1 the best high school trapshooting team in the state of Missouri.

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