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3 from Albion will compete in national high school clay target shooting

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 10 July 2019 at 4:29 pm

ALBION – Three members of the high school clay target shooting team in Albion will be competing in the national competition on Saturday in Michigan.

Patrick Brien, Alex Rustay and Shane Hastings will be among 1,800 participants in the USA High School Clay Target League National Championship in Mason, Michigan.

They will compete in the individuals competition on Saturday. To advance to the finals on Sunday, they need to shoot at least 94 out of 100 targets on Saturday, said Jeff Atwell, one of the Albion coaches.

At the state competition, Brien hit 94 out of 100 and Rustay shot 96 out of 100. Those two just graduated from Albion, which fielded a clay shooting team for the first time this spring. That team finished ninth in the state out of 65 teams in the state competition.

“I think it will grow in popularity,” Atwell said about the program. “It’s a good program overall. It teaches them safety and responsibility.”

Holley also has a team and had six qualify for nationals – Brad Kingdollar, Ethan Waldron, Noah St. John, Evan Press, Jake Silpoch and Kyle Surowy.

The team isn’t making the trip to Michigan this year but expects to be back in 2020, said Troy Kingdollar, one of the coaches.

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