Cleveland trap

Junior Francesca Fonseca and eighth-grader Martin Gibbs are a couple of the 31 shooters on the Cleveland trap team this year. (Richard Rohlfing/Le Sueur County News)

Cleveland Trap Shooting

COACHES

Head coach: Jack Zimmerman, fifth year

Assistant coaches: Dave Voss, Ross Baker, Brandon Ellickson, Tim Ellickson, Cody Blaschko

KEY SHOOTERS

Jackson Gibbs, sophomore – With an average of 22.5 downed targets thorough the 10 competition rounds last year, Gibbs tied Brandon Ellickson for the Clippers’ most accurate shooter. Gibbs was second in the conference behind Ellickson, who had a better reserve week.

Gillian Baumgartner, junior – The Clipper girls top shooter, Baumgartner took second place in the conference among the female shooters. She had a 20 average, 0.7 points below the winner.

KEEP YOUR EYE ON

Brendon Brown – Senior. His best outing last year was 47 downed targets, the second most in competition week three.

Ian Krenik – Senior. He led competition week three last year with a 47.

Cody Germscheid – Senior. His best outing last year was a 45, which tied him for second place in competition week two.

Brett Klassen – Junior. He led reserve week last season with a 46 and was second in week five with a 46.

Caleb Hankins – Junior. He hit 48 targets last year to lead competition week three.

Mason Conroy – Junior. He hit 42 targets in week two last season.

Francesca Fonseca – Junior. She was the team’s most improved female shooter last season.

MOVED ON

Brandon Ellickson, Parker Bonogofsky, Matthew Brenke, Ben Miller, Kyle Pope, Evan Koppelman, Gabbi Wenker and Nick VanSickle

2019 SEASON OUTLOOK

Last year the Clippers finished in the top spot in their conference, which included seven other teams scattered around the state.

Now, in its fifth year, the Clipper trap team lost group of experienced shooters from last year, especially Ellickson, who was with the program since its beginning, but it returns a solid set of athletes. Some have already proven themselves while others are waiting for the chance.

COMMENTS FROM THE COACH

“We are looking forward to another great year. We have many young shooters this year with only three seniors, but I’m confident we will have a respectable season. The kids from Cleveland are always willing to put in the hard work, and they always show up with a good attitude. Our main goals every year are to, No. 1, be safe but also to have a good time. If you are doing those two things, the scores will follow. It’s always good to get out on the trap range after being cooped up all winter, so we are hoping for good weather and some success.” – Jack Zimmerman, head coach

BY THE NUMBERS

3 – The number of seniors on the team: Brendon Brown, Ian Krenik, Cody Germscheid

31 – The number of shooters participating this year

225 – The number of clay targets Jackson Gibbs splattered in 250 attempts during the 10 regular-season competition rounds last year.

Reach Sports Editor Pat Beck at 931-8566 or follow him on Twitter.com @SPHSportsPat.

St. Peter Herald Sports Editor covers St. Peter, Cleveland, Le Center, Le Sueur-Henderson and Tri-City United and Gustavus Adolphus College. Fishing, tennis and golf enthusiast

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