I can't help but be proud of these kids, so please bear with me while I brag on them a bit. Our intermediate entry squad is comprised of first year shooters in grades 6-8. It has been a pleasure to coach these young men and watch their trapshooting skills develop this year. Over the course of our season, these gents have figured out what it means to be a team and how each individual contributes to the overall team success.
Today at Sparta these young men competed in conditions that most veteran shooters will not shoot in. We had sustained winds of 20-25 mph and gusts as high as 35 mph. These troopers answered the call and managed to put together their best scores back to back of the season.
When the results were tallied, our squad had won second place falling just 16 birds short of claiming the first place title. I know they were all hoping to win but they gave it their absolute best effort. More importantly, when one of them had a bad round, the others picked him up and encouraged each other.
I can't begin to tell you how much I have enjoyed coaching. Days like today help restore my faith in our younger generation. I see them truly understand what teamwork and hard work can accomplish. This is what brings a smile to my face and keeps me motivated until the next season begins and we start another new class of recruits.