Nebraskaland May 2019

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42 Nebraskaland • May 2019 50 Years at the Cornhusker Trapshoot By Julie Geiser BELOW LEFT: Hall County. 2015 Cornhusker Trapshoot. Photo taken during Saturday's competition. ABOVE RIGHT: 38th Annual Cornhusker High School and Junior High School Trapshoot, held May 3-5, 2007, at Doniphan, Nebraska. BELOW RIGHT: Shooter at 2016 Cornhusker Trapshoot. PHOTO BY JULIE GEISER PHOTO BY BOB GRIER ay 2-4 is the 50th year for the prestigious Cornhusker Trapshoot, one of the nation's largest youth trap shooting tournaments. Around 2,500 high school and junior high competitors from Nebraska and across the nation along with their family, friends and coaches will visit the Nebraska Trapshooting Association's home grounds in Doniphan, bursting the small town's population of about 850 to almost 10,000. The trapshoot began in 1970 as a duel between Northeast Community College and Chadron State College, which was organized by Dave Wells of Norfolk and Jim Carlisle of Chadron. In 1971 nine colleges participated in the shoot. Expanding in numbers over the decades, today the tournament consists of high school and junior high divisions covering a three-day event where schools, 4-H teams and individuals shoot for top places, and the all-around top high school shooter receives the coveted Cornhusker Cup award. "I can remember when I started overseeing the tournament, we didn't use all the trap houses. Now almost every squad and trap is full," said Terry Brentzel, conservation offi cer for the Commission and tournament director. This event has grown into one that has made memories and lasting friendships over the years. The camaraderie and safety record displayed by these youth is exemplary, and the sportsmanship they exhibit is to be commended. "There are lots of great stories from the trap shoot; one special moment I have was when I gave Maddie Spellman of Aurora her medal. She was struggling with cancer and shot from her wheelchair in 2016; she passed away shortly after that," Brentzel stated. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission along with the Nebraska Trapshooting Association sponsor the premier event and several directors ensure the American Trap Association rules of shooting are followed. M

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