Shooting successfully

Two members of the Lyon County Straight Shooters youth trap shooting league recently participated in the Scholastic Action Shooting Program National Championships tournament in Marengo, Ohio. The national championship tournament is an eight-day event that ran from July 8-15.

Lyon County was represented by Connar and Mitchell Groen, who traveled to Marengo with their father, Mike, who volunteers as a coach for the Lyon County Straight Shooters group. This year marked Connar’s second trip to the tournament and was the first year for Mitchell, who participated in the rookie class.

“In order to qualify they have to compete in their state’s championship tournament, and for Iowa it’s in Cedar Falls,” explained Mike. “It’s not really important how they do at the state tournament. They just have to be at the state shoot in order to participate at the national one.”

Groen’s eldest son Connar, 19, was in his final year of eligibility after having graduated from high school earlier this year. “Connar did pretty well. He finished a little better than middle of the pack, around 380th out of more than 800,” said Groen.

Mitchell, 11, finished 37th in the rookie class. “They both did well. It was fun and I was really happy at how they did,” said Groen.

The volunteer coach said he hopes more members of the Lyon County Straight Shooters group will participate in the national championship tournament in the future. “It’s something that they should all do at least once before they graduate, so I definitely encourage everyone to look into it.”

Groen finds the event especially interesting due to all the different disciplines of shooting. “They have skeet shooting, trap shooting, bunker trap, sporting clays, and pistol shooting as well as a lot more. It’s an eight-day event and it’s really something to see, that’s for sure.”

According to Groen, over 8,000 kids from more than 30 states participated in the event. A total 17 groups from Iowa were represented, including Albia High School, Ankeny Centennial Jaguars Trap Team, Charles City High School, Cherokee County Youth Shooting Sports, Clear Creek Amana High School Trap, Easton Valley Trapshooting Team, Little Ankeny Jaguars Trap Team, Lyon County Straight Shooters, Maquoketa Cardinals Varsity, North Scott Trap Team, Oskaloosa Shooting Team, Ottumwa High School, Pella Christian Eagles, Pella Shooters Club, Inc., Pleasant Valley High School Trap Team, Sibley-Ocheydan Shooting Generals, and Solon Spartans Trapshooting Team.

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