The Carroll County Pheasants Forever Longspurs trapshooting team traveled Saturday, June 29, to Sparta with 27 youth shooters to compete in the SCTP (Scholastic Clay Target Program) Illinois state championship.
The 2019 team consists of shooters from Carroll, Jo Daviess, Stephenson, and Ogle counties. Ages 8-18 are represented on the team.
First place in its division was the open shooters squad consisting of Conner Dezell, Ella Wackerlin, Morgan McPeek, Charlie Schnitzler, and Jonathan Dinderman.
The intermediate entry squad placed second in its division. Squad members were Jobe Boyson, Collin Burns, Jamie Schnitzler, Kegan Dezell and Elizabeth Dinderman. Two individuals also placed second in their respective age divisions.
In the second 100 birds of the day, there were 17 perfect "25" scores shot. Four different shooters shot their first ever 75 straight. One of the shooters reached a perfect 100.
The Longspurs team heads to Ohio on July 19 for the national shoot where they will compete against 3,000 shooters from across the United States.
The team currently practices every Wednesday and Sunday at the Mississippi Flyway near Thomson. Coach Brock Wackerlin attributes the success to hard work in practice by the shooters and coaches and the great support of the local communities.