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Sara Stoneberg lines up a shot at practice on Saturday.

Trap-shooting takes aim

By Kyleen Olson

 

There is a new sport at Tracy Area High School.

With the help of Amy Rubin and the encouragement of senior Caleb Lasley, Trap Shooting is now an official sport in the school.

“A lot of kids are doing it through FFA in the fall,” Rubin says. The school trap-shooting season is held in the spring starting in April.

Twenty-six students are shooting on the school’s trap-shooting team this spring.

“We would have more team members, but it gets expensive with ammo,” Rubin says.

The team has been fortunate to have sponsors this year to help with the cost of shotgun shells, which can run around $5.00 to $6.00 a box. Each student shoots two boxes per practice. 

The Minnesota State High School League-sponsored Clay Target League has 10,361 student participants on  319 high school teams.

Tracy trap shooting team members will travel to Alexandria for the Trap Shooting Championship June 14-21.  Some 7,000 competitors are expected at this event, which is the world’s largest for the sport.

The team practices twice weekly, one on Tuesday afternoon and one Saturday morning at the Tracy Sportsman’s Club Inc. south of Tracy. Some team members that attend the Saturday practice are also involved in other high school athletic activities, so can’t attend Tuesday practices.

Scoring is similar to a bowling league. At each practice, Rubin divides the group into teams of four or five shooters. Volunteers from the Sportsman’s Club pull the clay pigeons and keep scores for the students.

“It’s been awesome to work (with them),” Rubin commented, who thanks club members for their time, as well as giving advice to the students.

When a team of students goes out to shoot, individuals stand at a post, after each shooter has shot at five targets, they rotate to the next post. The group shoots 25 rounds, and then a second 25 rounds, for a total of 50 rounds each practice.

“We have to shoot a mandatory 50 rounds, usually we shoot more for practice,” says Rubin.

Hitting a clay pigeon is considered one point. The club member keeping score will put a 1 in the box on the score sheet if the target was hit, or a slash if missed. The tally is totaled at the end of each round. Rubin then enters the scores into the statewide database and the teams see where they rank on Sunday night.

For more on this article, see this week's Headlight-Herald.


3 sisters join family

By Kyleen Olson

Kaelyn, Tabitha and Stella Munson were baptized at Tracy Lutheran Church in April.

The Munson family has had a heart for taking in children as a foster family for the past ten years. Looking back, Amy Munson believes that the reason she had this life calling was to have the chance to help and adopt three sisters this past winter.

The Munsons first starting thinking about becoming a foster family when Amy was running preschool childcare center in Park Rapids.  It was there that she met Wilma, who brought two foster children to Munson’s center.  As she spent more time with Wilma’s foster children, Munson started to think more about becoming a foster parent herself. She began asking Wilma questions, and called the county to find out the steps they would have to take to become foster parents.
“When I think back on it, it was the year Tabitha was born,” Munson reflects.  “The moment she was put in this world, she would be our daughter, God saw the bigger picture.”

Though her heart was attracted to the idea of fostering children, the timing wasn’t right at the time for her and her husband Jon. Their youngest son, Matthew, was only three years old and their lives were busy.
In 2010, the Munsons decided to move back to Southern Minnesota and moved onto a family farm outside Balaton. At the time she wasn’t sure why they had to leave their home, but knew it was what Jon needed and was willing to make the move.

“Now I know, we had to come here to get these girls,” she said with a smile.

When the Munsons decided to look at their current home in Tracy, they knew others were interested and had to make an offer. However, the home seemed too big.

“When we were praying about it, we knew the house was bigger than we needed,” Munson explained, “But told God, if He wanted us to have it, we would use it for ministry. At the time I thought about youth gatherings watching movies!” said Munson, who is the youth director at Tracy Lutheran Church.

Stella was born in May of 2011, the Munsons moved into their home in October of the same year.
“I really think God was saying, ‘I will keep them safe until I can get them to you,” Munson said.

For more on this article, see this week's Headlight-Herald.