Tomah clay team looks to defend state title this weekend
The Tomah High School clay shooting team will travel to Rome Saturday in the same position it found itself in 2016.
Tomah finished second in the final competition week in Class A - Conference 7 this year behind Boscobel High School.
The same position for Tomah in 2016, but Tomah was on top of its game in Rome to claim a state title in 2016.
Will history repeat itself?
After the final week when conference scores are recorded, Tomah had 16,359 points - second to Boscobel's 18,880.
Other schools grouped in the conference include Ellsworth, St. Croix Central, Durand, St. Croix Falls and Clear Lake.
More schools joining the sport increased the number of conferences to 10.
The Wisconsin State High School Clay Target League (WISHSCTL) is proud to announce that 816 student athletes will participate in the 2017 state tournament, Saturday, June 10 at the WTA Homegrounds in Rome.
For more information on starting times check the Wisconsin State High School league web site.
Athletes representing 57 Wisconsin high school teams will compete for individual and team achievements in Novice, Junior Varsity and Varsity classifications at the tournament, which is held each year following the completion of the league's spring season.
“The league continues to be the fastest-growing activity in Wisconsin schools.” said Jim Sable, executive director of the WISHSCTL.
“Just three years ago there were only a handful of students participating in the State Tournament, now we're over 800,” he continued. “It’s very exciting to see Wisconsin embrace the High School Clay Target League as it has.”
Tomah will have two of the top 25 overall male shooters competing in Rome.
Duran Davis ranks second with a season average of 24.25 points, while Thane Ludeking ranks 20th with an average of 23 points, tied with three other shooters.
Zoey Ludeking is the lone Tomah female shooter in the top 25 overall, ranked among four shooters with a 19.13 average score.
In its conference, Tomah had six shooters place in the top 25 males.
Davis and Ludeking were joined by Cade Peterson, Joey Lenz, Zach Berndt and Brandon Kyser.
On the female side, Zoey Ludeking is joined by Marissa Moser, Ellie Krause, McKenzie McPeters, Tayler Schleusner and Taylor Winrich.
This year, more than 1,400 student-athletes representing 65 high school teams participated in the 2017 spring season.
They were coached and supported by over 300 volunteers.
The Wisconsin State High School Clay Target League is an affiliate of the USA High School Clay Target League, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
The league is an independent provider of shooting sports as an extracurricular co-ed and adaptive activity for high schools and students in grades six through 12.
The organization’s priorities are safety, fun, and marksmanship – in that order.
Each student is required to pass a comprehensive firearm safety education course prior to participation.