Winfield's FFA trap shooting team traveled across the county to Silex for a meet on Sept. 9 at Lolar Branch Outdoor Sports.
Though FFA advisor and track coach Chrissy Maschmeyer felt all three of her teams shot well at the club, she said her No. 1, or “A” team could use some more seasoning, but believes she has a great squad.
“I think they shot pretty well,” Maschmeyer said. “There’s definitely room for improvement, but I definitely think they can make our district shoot (at Quincy Gun Club in Taylor on Oct. 3).”
Austin Gross led Maschmeyer’s top squad by hitting 49 of 50 clay targets, and Cody Greco nailed 45 of his targets. Steven Kapauff connected on 40 of his 50 targets.
Sophomore Henry Gorski hit 40 clay pigeons after a hot start, and admitted his performance was less than his expectations.
“I got too cocky,” he said. “I shot 23 out of the first 25 – and I thought I could hit them all after that.”
Collin Heitman was successful on 44 of his 50 targets. He said a simple approach is needed for success: finding a spot, anticipating the bird and relaxing in the process. He acknowledged shooting the first 25 targets can be easy, but the bottom can fall out on the next 25, so you can’t rush your shots.
“You have to know where the bird is going, and know where the spot the bird is,” the sophomore said. “If you rush it, you miss. If you take your time, you hit it.”
Winfield has a few meets remaining before its area meet at the Quincy Gun Club on Sept. 30. While Maschmeyer can take three teams to the September meet, she will likely only be able to bring one to the district meet three days later, which will likely be her top team.
When that happens, her shooters said they’re ready.
“I think we’re doing great so far,” said Gorski, who is in his first year as a member of Winfield’s top shooting team. “If we consistently shoot 44 out of 50 targets individually, I think we’ll do well and make districts.”
“If everyone averages a 44 every time, you would make it to districts,” Heitman said. “Of course, you want to do better, but that’ll definitely get you there.”