• Coaching and positive encouragement give confidence to even the shyest Skeeter kids
By Sean Pearson
The Kachemak Skeeters shooting club recently completed its fourth and final sport shooting competition for the 2012-13 season.
Eight kids from the Skeeter team have been shooting competitively in a series of five state-level shoots since March. Members of the competitive team include: Alex Clark, Andy Fetterhoff, Bryce Donich, Connor Seay, Dakota Morris, Elias Graham, Hunter Needham and Sierra Morris.
Some venues drew more than 100 shooters, so it was no easy task to compete in the three disciplines of trap, skeet and sporting clays. All but one competition took place at Grouse Ridge Shooting Club in Wasilla, a world-class facility with difficult fields to shoot.
At each event, one or more Homer kid took away at least one medal.
“To have our kids place in the top three of their shooting classes is remarkable,” said team secretary Amy Fetterhoff, “especially considering they’re shooting against peers, as well as adults, at these events.”
Fetterhoff called this year’s Skeeter coaching staff, “the most dedicated group of men a team could ask for.”
Head Coach Jeff Graham and assistant coaches Ed Murphy and Chuck Thorsrud, spent two or more hours every Saturday the entire yearlong season to work with the kids at the Kachemak Gun Club. The kids are trained to concentrate on the targets at hand and not let the stiff competition rattle their mental focus.
A new season begins Sept. 1, when kids ages nine and up can join. Kachemak Skeeters require all kids to be registered with Scholastic Clay Target Program and National Sporting Clay Association.
Fetterhoff said shooting is now divided into three sessions, each 10-12 weeks long. This reportedly gives kids flexibility to try sport shooting during the time of year that fits their family’s schedule.
Registration is $30 per child and $10 per practice, which includes use of a club shotgun, ammunition and targets.
A September open house will welcome the fall shooting season. Further details will be announced at a later date.
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