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The COVID-19 pandemic hit the Rhinelander Trap Shooting team hard; but they're pushing on regardless

Story By Nathan Meihak
Local Sports Published 03/21/2021 4:00PM, Last Updated 03/21/2021 11:09PM
Rhinelander - Sunday was the first practice for the Rhinelander Trap Shooting team. Around 30 kids came out to zero-in on their targets, most of them are returning members to team. Unfortunately, the pandemic has done on a number on the team.

In a normal year, it was easy to hold meetings and events to recruit new members, but the past 12 months have been a struggle.

"That's one of the hardest things, this year," said Coach Phil Kriesel. "There was no in-person meetings, we tried to do a Zoom meeting. Just getting the word out has been a bugger with this. We can't have anything in-person. Just getting the word our is the hard part."

Despite the difficulties of growing the group, trap is becoming more popular around the state. That should allow the club team to face strong competition.

"We have a conference shoot in June. We have the state shoot in - after school's out," explained Kriesel. "Two years ago there was more than 1,500 kids there. With the volume of kids coming into trap, I can easily think that'd be 1,500 to 2,000 kids there. It's coming on strong."

Coach also added that the team will compete in virtual meets throughout the season. 


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