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A True Success Story: Jack’d up for Trap

Story by John Koney

Five years ago seems like so long ago for Jack Gerstmeier. At the age of 10 1/2, he was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes and celiac disease. Type 1 diabetes means that your pancreas no longer produces insulin that turn sugar and carbs into energy your body can use. It meant from now on he would require at least 4 shots a day to control his blood sugar for this chronic disease.

The diagnosis took a toll on him both mentally and physically. He quit playing volleyball and basketball because it was very hard to control his diabetes early on. He was at the age where hormones and growth spurts wreak havoc on normal middle school boys, but trying to control blood sugars while your body begins that process is a challenge all in itself. Sports were no longer an important part of his daily life.

Gradually things improved as he adjusted to his new normal. A year into his diagnosis he began receiving insulin through an insulin pump, which eliminated the 4 insulin shots each day. Things were slowly getting easier.

Knowing how important it is to be active and involved he was approached by his dad and asked if he had any interest in trap shooting. His grandparents had been league trap shooters at the Waukesha Gun Club while his dad was growing up. He was excited to give it a try. He was ready to find something he could be good at with or without diabetes.

Fast forward 3 years, Jack is now a varsity trap shooter for Poplar Creek Claybusters. He started at the intermediate level while in 8th grade. He traveled throughout southeastern Wisconsin shooting in tournaments and improving his skills that season. On June 26, 2016, he went to Rome, Wisconsin to shoot in the SCTP State Trap Tournament. He participated in the 21yd intermediate handicap and took 3rd place. This was a huge accomplishment for him in year one.

While continuing to shoot trap for a second season, he was asked to tryout for a pistol and rifle team. He joined Lake Country Action Shooters (LCAS) in late May, 2017. He immediately began practices and on June 11, joined LCAS at State in Sturgeon Bay, WI. This would be his first pistol and rifle competition and the weather provided him a great challenge. Many of the teams opted to wait out the storm. Jack’s coach insisted they persevere, if they could shoot in this they could shoot in anything. The team walked away with two 1st place ribbons for center fire pistol and optic rifle. It was quite an accomplishment in the few weeks he was with the team.

Just a short 6 weeks after state, LCAS traveled to SASP Nationals in Marengo, Ohio. With a few additional weeks of practice for Jack, his JV squad walked away with three 1st place ribbons in optic rifle, iron rifle, and center fire pistol and a 2nd place in 1911. He returned to Marengo again in October this time as a member of the varsity squad and came home with four first place medals.

To improve upon his success from the year before with Poplar Creek, Jack’s JV Squad took 1st place in the NWCTC Eastern Division Conference. Jack continued to improve, putting up some personal bests.

With all the successes with his shooting teams last season, in August, 2017 Jack received the “artificial pancreas”. This is still not a cure for type 1 diabetes, but definitely a game changer for him. His continual blood sugar roller coasters have almost disappeared. His new pump, regulates his blood sugar with the use of a continuous glucose monitor that gives his pump blood sugar readings every 5 minutes and decides to give or not give him insulin based on the numbers. He is finally starting to feel “normal” again, thanks to the latest and greatest in medical technology.

He is off to a great start again this year with both Poplar Creek Claybusters and Lake Country Action Shooters. For the first time in 2 years, he has had two 24/25 rounds this week. He is aiming for that 25/25 perfect round. He continues to work on reducing his time with pistol and rifle as he shoots at the varsity level this year. He looks forward to finishing this season strong in both disciplines, while looking ahead to the future. He continues to manage type 1 diabetes through technology and self discipline and is not going to let it stop him from achieving his goals.

Jack credits the SCTP and SASP organizations for providing alternative sports for today’s youth. The coaching he has received in both disciplines and his continued development has given him a new level of confidence. His coaching and training along with his new pump allow him to walk up to the line not as a diabetic but as a competitor just like everyone else.

SCTP Banquets Raise Funds to Support Scholarships & Teams

The SCTP has run several national banquets in March only to see some huge returns and support by teams and the general public! The largest banquet to date was held Friday, March 16th in Waterford, WI.

The Wisconsin banquet completed its 5th year running, raising funds for programs and scholarships administered by the SCTP National organization.

This year’s banquets featured a Henry Rifle with the SCTP logo engraved into the stock. The funds raised from those 2 live auction items (Wisconsin and Iowa) will be given out to lucky recipients of scholarships in those 2 states. The Wisconsin banquet raised $1,300 and will be recognized as the “Scherrer Construction” scholarship while the Iowa banquet raised $1,050 and will be named the “Bobby Wood“scholarship and awarded to a deserving Iowa athlete!

The Wisconsin banquet had not only local representation but SCTP team representation as well. Coaches and families from 10 local teams (representing about 700 athletes) in Wisconsin attended the festivities! The local team (BHS Demons Shooting Team) was the host of this year’s banquet securing silent auction items and donations from various local businesses in support of the National organization. In Iowa, the BGM Shotgunners took the lead for their 2nd annual SCTP National banquet to date! Both teams raised some much needed funds for themselves as well as local support of their programs.

The 2nd annual Iowa banquet was held at the Manatt Center in Brooklyn, Iowa and was also well attended and supported by local businesses and people in the community. While this banquet was the first one run by the current team members and coaches, they did an exceptional job in securing help and support by the team, parents and others!

In running these banquets, the SCTP also raised funds in support of its foundation, the Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation (SSSF). Promoting and supporting foundation memberships also helps secure the future of the SSSF’s programs!

“We couldn’t have been happier with the results of this year’s banquets!” Said Tom Wondrash, SCTP’s National Director. “These funds are used for several things including new programs and team support. Scholarships given out to SCTP athletes utilizes the biggest portion of the funds raised and we absolutely appreciate the help by the teams and families in making this possible”

2018 SCTP Regional Championship Dates and Locations

Save the date for the 2018 Scholastic Clay Target Program Regional Championships! Regional events are a great way for SCTP teams to participate and compete with teams from all across the country. Make plans now to participate in one or more events for fun, camaraderie and some great prizes!

Pre-registration for each event will be available through the SSSF SHOT system as the event dates draw closer.

1400 SCTP Athletes Ready to Invade the WTA Homegrounds

The Wisconsin Scholastic Clay Target Program will be holding it’s fourth and final State Championship from June 23 to 25 at the WTA Homegrounds in Rome, Wisconsin. The previous three weekends had record turnouts for  International Bunker Trap, Skeet and Sporting Clays with nearly 25% growth over last year.

The weekend will consist of 100 Championship Singles targets shot on Friday and Saturday plus Handicap, Doubles and International Bunker events on Sunday. In addition, there will be a Make-A-Break competition all three days along with shooting sports vendors, gun demonstrations and Wisconsin’s largest “Last Competitor Standing” on Saturday afternoon.

Over 1400 athletes from 62 Wisconsin SCTP teams are registered for the event with almost 2,000 registrations, an increase of over 30% from last year. Approximately 300 team and individual awards will be presented at the four Championship events. Nearly 20% of all registered athletes are females again this year.

Friday, June 23 – 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. 100 Singles Championship, vendors, gun demonstrations, Make-A-Break all day, open training for Trap, Doubles, Handicap and Bunker.

Saturday, June 24th – 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  100 Singles Championship, vendors, gun demonstrations, Make-A-Break all day, Last Competitor Standing.

Sunday, June 25th – 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 100 Doubles, 100 Handicap and 50 International Bunker, vendors, gun demonstrations, Make-A-Break all day.

The WTA Homegrounds features 30 American Trap Fields, Wisconsin’s only Olympic bunker and 104 fully hook-up campsites on 280 acres in the town of Rome. It is located at 1312 Akron Drive, Nekoosa, WI 54457.

The WiSCTP State Trap Championship is the last major event prior to the SCTP Nationals held July 8-15, 2017, at the Cardinal Center in Marengo, Ohio. Currently Wisconsin has the most athletes registered for the event with over 470 athletes making the trek to Central Ohio.

Check out this WXOW.com article about a recent Wisconsin state meet.


USO-Wisconsin Adds 2016 Scholarships to SCTP Awards Program

The USO of Wisconsin launched a first-of-its-kind program in 2015 with its USO shooting scholarships awarded to 13 SCTP / military youth athletes. The USO partnered with SCTP to provide clay target shooting gear and ammunition for athletes whose parents serve in the military. The bar was set high for the selection criteria with emphasis on scholastic performance, community volunteerism, and leadership potential.

USO logoAs the USO noted, both organizations share similar values and a vision to provide positive opportunities for youth through shooting sports.

For 2016, the USO of Wisconsin is expanding that program by awarding $2,500 in college scholarships for next year’s high school seniors who are involved in SCTP. The scholarships will be available to athletes from Wisconsin whose parents are serving on active duty, in the National Guard, or Reserve Military.

The USO-Wisconsin Board of Directors noted, “We understand that when our military members serve, it often comes at the sacrifice of their families. We take great pride in serving the whole military family.”

We commend the USO-Wisconsin for this innovative program and their support of SCTP athletes, and we look forward to seeing other organizations follow their lead!

USO of Wisconsin Military Youth SCTP Shooting Scholarship

USO logoSome SCTP athletes in Wisconsin have a unique opportunity to get help with the purchase of the shooting supplies and equipment they need this year. The USO of Wisconsin is offering 10 scholarships to military youth — those under the age of 18 with a parent, guardian, or sibling currently serving in the U.S. military. Each scholarship awarded will total $300.

For military youth who shoot in the SCTP in Wisconsin, this is your chance to help reduce the expense of being involved in the clay target shooting sports.

If selected, awardees will receive the scholarship via a $300 credit with the SCTP. That credit will be available to use to purchase ammunition, shooting supplies, shooting gear, and safety equipment available through the SCTP.

Download the scholarship application

The deadline to apply is April 1, 2015. Any questions can be directed to USO point of contact provided on the application.

SCTP Coach Training in Wisconsin

If you’re considering becoming an SCTP coach, two upcoming events in Mayville, Wisconsin can help you accomplish that.

On December 12, SCTP will host an informational meeting for those who want to know more about becoming an SCTP coach. You can hear from SCTP representatives and current coaches from the area, as well as having all your questions answered. The meeting is free and open to the public.

On December 13-14, we will offer a Level 1 Coach’s Certification class. The two-day course will run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Cost is $190.

For more information on either of these events, contact Amanda Wondrash, 262-206-4634.

SCTP Plans Regional Tournaments in Wisconsin And Arizona

Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) teams will convene in Arizona and Wisconsin next month for regional tournaments that will offer endowment funding to trap and sporting clays teams.

On Saturday, June 7, the Wisconsin Amateur Trapshooting Association (ATA) home grounds in Rome, Wis., will host a high school regional tournament that is open to all SCTP registered teams. The event will include 100 16-yard trap targets.

$20,000 in SSSF endowment funds will be offered to SCTP teams in Varsity and Junior Varsity divisions, ranging from $4000 for the first-place teams to $1000 for fourth-place teams. College athletes who compete will be recognized with individual medals for the top three finishers.

After the shoot, participants are invited to stay for the grand opening of Wisconsin’s first ever bunker trap.

Squadding for the shoot is available at www.sssfonline.com.

On June 13-14, Arizona Game & Fish and Prescott Bird Busters will host sporting clays and trap competitions for all Western Region SCTP members. Medals will be awarded to first- through third-place finishers, and High Overall (HOA) buckles will be presented to dual registered athletes. The SSSF will award over $40,000 to SCTP team endowment accounts for this tournament.

You can see more details in the event program. You can also find the registration form in the program. To register, teams should complete and return the registration form, as well as registering online at http://www.sssfonline.com/shotv4/index.asp.

For more event information or registration, contact Dennis Fogle, Shooting Sports Coordinator, Arizona Game & Fish Department, dfogle@azgfd.gov, phone 623-236-7305.

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