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Durand High School's New Trap Team Will Host First Ever Fun Shoot on Saturday

Come Out to Durand Sportsmen's Club, Take Aim and Learn More About Durand's New Trap Team

Posted by Durand Now at 1:07pm 4/30/19

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Durand High School students have the opportunity to enter a new competitive arena, with the creation of Shiawassee County's first high school Trap Team.  The new program that started in Durand earlier this year joined the Michigan State High School Clay Target League, now comprised of more than 1,500 student athletes.

Trap is the fastest growing high school sport, head coach Derrick Alward said, adding he's "very proud to be able to have the support of our school district."  He continued, "In today’s day and age, youth, firearms, and the word 'school' don’t mix... but I am here to bring a positive light on our youth and firearm safety!  What better way to do that than have an event like the one we are having Saturday!"

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The first-ever Durand High School Trap Team Fun Shoot will be held at the Durand Sportsmen's Club this Saturday, May 4th, with shooting beginning at 10am.  The day includes lunch at 11am and, at noon, a community photo with the team.

"We are excited to invite all of our community shooters and non-shooters alike to join us for a fun filled day of shooting Trap, Skeet and Sporting Clays," the event flyer reads.  "Watch our young men and women try to outshoot local law enforcement!"

Alward said "Incorporating kids, community and law enforcement; there is not a better way to shed a positive light on firearm safety." 

The program is open to any student from 6th to 12th grade; boys and girls, including those with a handicap.  Team signups are in February.

Alward also noted that another neat part about this league is that there is no traveling required.  "Competitive scoring is entered into the league scoring systems website where we compete against teams that are in our conference from all over state!"

The competitive season runs nine weeks, beginning in April and continuing until mid-June.  Alward described the season to Durand Now, saying "We shoot one night per week for 9 weeks. We score two rounds of trap (25 clays) for competition scoring per week."  Shooting practice runs until the competitive season begins. 

The week of April 21st was competition week one, and Alward says the team now stands six in its conference. "I am super excited as head coach...because 20 (of 25) kids on our team are eighth grade and below. We are young!" He said teams in their conference normally only have a few middle school members.
"Larry Holmes is tied top ten shooters in the state with a score of 24.5!  Durand's future is bright!"

There are also two on the "fun squad," a network of Trap student athletes that participate in friendly "virtual" competition.

The State Championship event will be held at the MTA Grounds in Mason on June 15th, and it's the only event of the year where all league participants are invited to compete. Individuals are classified based on their year-end average. Teams scores are determined by the top five team members' scores.  The National Championship will also be held in Mason in mid-July.

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