Prophet Shooting Team Competes At State

The Prophets' JV squad placed third in their category led by Colton Harms tying for fourth individually scoring 92/100 and Grace Friedrichsen taking sixth among female shooters hitting 82/100 targets.
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Dan Eyrich, AP Sports

The Illinois High School Clay Target League held its State Finals in Bunker Hill, IL on Saturday and Sunday, June 1st and 2nd with the Prophet Shooting Team taking part with members from both Erie and Prophetstown High Schools. Of the team’s thirty-four members, twenty-five made the trip to compete against teams from around the state representing more than sixty high schools and featuring over 1,000 athletes.

As the sport continues to grow, schools were divided into two classes for the first time with the Prophets put in Class 2A based on the number of team members. The team competed on Sunday with members participating in three categories: Varsity, Junior Varsity, and Novice with each team score consisting of its top five scores regardless of gender. Individual awards are given to the top three male and female competitors in each category.

During regular season competition each shooter is given 25 targets to hit per match, which are launched from a trap house and scored by a judge. The athletes rotate to five different positions during their round of shooting. At the state competition each shooter sees 100 targets in four rounds.

The Prophet Varsity placed 10th in an 18 team field. They were led by senior Frank Drennen who tied for 23rd individually with a score of 96/100 out of 241 shooters. Drennen also led the team during the regular season taking third overall in conference competition with a 23.8 / 25 average.

The Prophets’ JV squad placed third in their category led by Colton Harms tying for fourth individually scoring 92/100 and Grace Friedrichsen taking sixth among female shooters hitting 82/100 targets.

Awards were also given to shooters who had at least twenty-five consecutive hit targets. Drennen, Hudson Crady, Eli Heyvaert, and Cole Morgan all earned patches.

Head coach Gabe Olinger thought the squad did well overall. “I’m pretty optimistic about the future of the team with several freshmen shooters doing very well. We will also have several other underclassmen who are going to continue to improve as well.”

The team was formed in 2017 and has continually been one of the largest teams in the area.

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