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MCS Trap Team enjoys trip to nationals

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The MCS Trap Team headed to the USA High School Clay Target League National Tournament in Mason, MI July 11-14th.  We were sent off from the Morristown Fire Hall by the NYS Police, St. Lawrence County Sheriff's, Morristown Fire Dept., Brier Hill Fire Dept and many fans that lined the streets from Morristown to Brier Hill.

On Thursday, after the long 10 hour trip from NY to MI we arrived at the MTA Homegrounds.  The kids all got in a round or two of practice before we headed back to our hotel in Howell, MI for the night.

Friday was the Team Qualifier.  There were 206 teams entered. MCS had two teams entered.  Team One team members were Addison Colby, Ashton Colby, Austin Colby, Trenten Evans and Jarred Young.  Team One placed in 184th place with 407 clays broke out of a possible 500. Team Two team members were Emily Gagnon, Emilie O’Donnell, Macaulay Ritchie, Emma Showers and Wyatt Sullivan.  Team Two finished in 196th place with 397 clays broke out of 500. Only the Top 80 teams moved on to the Team Championship on Sunday.

On Saturday, it was the Individual Qualifier.  There were 1,688 students that participated in the Individual Qualifier.  We had 11 that participated - Ashton Colby, Trenten Evans, Austin Colby, Josh Hunter, Addison Colby, Emily Gagnon, Macaulay Ritchie, Emma Showers, Emilie O’Donnell, Jarred Young and Grace Smith.  They were spread out on multiple fields for the duration of the day starting at 9:30am and ending at 5:30pm. Ashton Colby was the star of our team with a 96/100 which qualified him for the Individual Championship on Sunday.  Ashton ended the day Saturday shooting 2 perfect rounds of trap (25)! The Top 400 moved on to the Individual Championship on Sunday.

The big moment...on Sunday at 12:30pm Ashton Colby took to the field for the Individual Championship Session 1.  For his first round he shot a 24/25 and the second round he had a perfect 25! After waiting for Flight 2 to finish he took to the field again to shoot Session 2 and his final 50 birds.  He shot a 24 on the first round and a 24 on his second round to finish the day with 97/100. Ashton ended the day in 87th place out of 406! We are all extremely proud of you Ashton! When many of the individual shooters had less than a handful of supporters, Ashton had 20+ people behind him watching and cheering him on!

The MCS Trap Team coaches that attended the National Tournament were David Young, Glen Colby, Lawrence Kring and Jim Robinson.  

We want to thank the community for all their support to get us to the National Tournament.  Without the generous support of our community this would not have been possible. We appreciate all the words of encouragement on our Facebook page while we were there.

Our school may be small but our pride for our team is huge!  We had 28 people there representing our team! We are more than just a trap team, we are more like a family!  We are extremely proud of all the entire MCS Trap Team and look forward to attending the Nationals again next year!

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