Trap Team Season Kicks Off in March, Still Time to Join


Ben Wolcanski, Staff Writer, Advanced Journalism

The NDA Trap season is starting up at the end of March with new head coaches Erin and Stan Blakney taking the reins of the team.

We started last year helping Elmer and Anne Waystedt. This will be our first year as head coaches,” said Mrs. Blakney.

The NDA Trap Team meets on Monday nights and shoots clay discs with shotguns.

“We compete against other schools of comparable size in Wisconsin. When the league starts, each team shoots and enters their scores into an online system each week. The teams are divided up by the size of their team,” said Mrs. Blakney.

The team meets at the New Franken Sportsmans’ Club where they use three stations.

“Our season starts at the end of March and runs through May. Our state championship is the second weekend in June,” Mrs. Blakney said.

The team has three levels, JV, Varsity and Novice.

“We shoot in groups of 5 on Mondays. Based on last year’s numbers we had three groups at 6 o’clock, three at 6:30 and the final groups at 7. We try to match skill levels together,” the coach explained.

The number of members that can join the trap team is unlimited and anyone from freshman all the way up to seniors can shoot Trap.

“Last year we had 38 members,” said Mrs. Blakney.

Anyone can join no matter the skill level as well and you do not need your own gun.

Some students shared their thoughts on why they decided to join the trap team. 

“I joined the trap team because my dad was in a league like 10 years ago and it looked like fun. Then I found out that Notre Dame had one, and I knew I wanted to be on it. And I don’t have any regrets at all,” said junior Adam Nienow.

“I joined the trap team because I love shooting guns and the group of people are really fun to be around,” said junior Kody Havlik.

“I joined because it sounded fun and I like shooting trap,” said junior John Murphy.

The Trap Team is having an informational meeting on Wednesday, February 22, at 4:30 p.m. in the commons to provide information and answer any questions. A parent is required to attend the meeting with their students.