ORLAND, Calif. - The Orland High School trap team is heading to Mason, Michigan to compete in the USA High School Clay Target Championships.
The team has qualified before, but this is the first time it’s making the trip. The shooters will compete against 260 other teams. They’re one of two teams representing California.
“I’m excited to travel, get out there and show everyone my experience,” trap shooter Jeremy Crandall said.
“I’m extremely excited to represent my team and Orland,” trap shooter Ty Padgett said.
The group is competing in both individual and team events. Each person shoots five times at each station. The shooters then rotate throughout all five stations, for a total of 25 shots.
Scoring a perfect 25 is no small feat. The clay targets are only four inches in diameter. The shooters have to hit them from 30 yards away.
“People think it’s not that mental, but it’s all mental," trap shooter Autumn Irvin said. "It’s a lot of thought into you and that clay.”
The team placed fifth at the state championships a few weeks ago. They’ve been busy practicing - aiming and shooting for a higher score.
“Once we get out there and do our thing, we talk about what we should’ve done or what we have done,” Autumn said.
The team has become a family.
“We help each other a lot,” Ty said. “If somebody misses, we make sure they keep their confidence. Keep their head up. Keep focused.”
No matter how they do, the team is fired up for the opportunity.
“It just makes me feel special because not many people get to do this,” Jeremy said.
The team travels to Michigan in July.