Success for Libby Rock Crushers Clay Shooting Team
Reprinted with permission of The Western News
Libby has fared well in state high school athletics this year, and now they’ve brought home medals in clay target shooting. The Libby Rock Crushers have been around for about six years now and are part of an organization called the Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP), which includes the clay target sports of trap, skeet and sporting clays.
Our athletes have competed at a state level since the beginning. Now we continue to produce shooters that are challenging our experienced adult shooters, let alone their youth counterparts.
A couple of weeks ago the Rock Crushers hosted the Western Regional SCTP shoot. This shoot brought 30 shooters from Libby, Hamilton, Missoula, the Flathead and Bigfork to participate in a 150-bird event. Our team took home the high overall runner-up trophy. That team consisted of Dameon Kelch, Isaac O’Rourke, Austin Rasmussen, Nate Pomeroy and Maverick Owens. Dameon Kelch was also the individual skeet champion. Maverick Owens, Anna Marie Kebschull and Walker Mills also won their division in trap.
Then this past weekend we took five young men to the State SCTP Shoot in Billings. The Rock Crushers represented Libby very well, but just missed placing by a couple of targets in the team events. However, Dameon Kelch faired really well, taking second in Varsity in sporting clay and third in both trap and skeet. Austin Rasmussen finished third in both skeet and sporting clays. Isaac O’Rouke had the best skeet score for our team and placed fifth overall but fourth in his division.
The toughest division was the intermediate division (seventh and eighth graders). Four of the top five scores came out of this division, where high schoolers compete against both other high schoolers and college-aged contestants.
Nate Pomeroy had his personal best trap with an 89. Maverick Owens improved on his season averages.
We are always looking for new athletes, so if you are interested contact Coaches Mike Cirian or Tom Bailey or talk to one of the athletes to see if it something you may want to try.