Summer 2018

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PullUSA: How did you get involved in shooting sports? Noah Rice: I started in the local 4-H program and really liked the shotgun portion. My dad then started taking me to the local trap club and began shooting there. I started with just practice at our local club and then shortly began shoot- ing regionally. I also shoot handicap and doubles. PullUSA: Why did you join your state's High School Clay Target League? Rice: I wanted to try something new and connect with other kids that enjoy the clay target sports. PullUSA: What do you like most about the League and being a part of your team? Rice: I like the online tournament and being able to see how others improved their scores during the season, and being part of a team that won the State Championship the first year. PullUSA: Did the League help you meet new people and make new friends? Rice: Yes. Since my high school did not allow a team, I was able to join another team and meet new people. I appreci- ate the opportunity to shoot for Mater Dei's team. THE LEAD ON T HE L INE IT'S BEEN QUITE A YEAR FOR NOAH RICE. The Evansville, Indiana, native will be a freshman at Frances Joseph Reitz High School next year, but since they do not have a team yet, Mater Dei High School welcomed him with open arms. In return, he helped them win the Indiana State High School Clay Target League's inaugural State Tournament in June. Rice posted a 92, good enough for 2nd place in the High Gun Overall, and was also named to the 2018 A ll-State Team. Rice shared his experience and tips for other student athletes with PullUSA. PullUSA: How do you like the Fun Squad? Rice: I thought it was pretty good. It added another element to the league. PullUSA: What other activities have you taken part in outside of the League? Rice: I shoot with both the ATA and AIM programs outside of the League. I don't like playing any other sports, and I stay pretty busy most of the year with shooting. PullUSA: Do you have any tips for younger or newer student athletes to the League? Rice: Learn the basics of the game prior to starting. Don't get discouraged if you have a bad day or bad practice. Shoot as much as you can to get more practice. Listen to the experienced shooters and take their advice. Keep focused while shooting. Keep your eyes on the bird and not the end of the barrel. Each issue of PullUSA features a different high school clay target athlete exhibiting exceptional character and passion for the sport and their communities. ✪ " " Keep your eyes on the bird and not the end of the barrel. 15 INSHSCTL 2018 Spring High Overall Average (24.6); 50-Straight Club Member (4); 2nd Place High Gun Overall at INSHSCTL 2018 State Tournament; 2018 All-State AG E FU N FAC T S NOAH RICE ❚❙❘ 8TH GRADE | MATER DEI H.S. | EVANSVILLE, IN ❘❙❚ 12 PULLUSA MAGAZINE SUMMER 2018

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