Winter 2019

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THE LEAD S QUA D SP O T L IGH T 10 PULLUSA MAGAZINE WINTER 2019 L IKE MANY SCHOOLS ACROSS THE COUNTRY, it seemed Tomah High School was readymade for a trap shooting team. Hunting and clay target shooting have long been popular in the rural Wisconsin town, about 40 miles east of LaCrosse. So it's not surprising that when a trap team for middle school and high school students was introduced five years ago, it attracted nearly 60 participants right away. "I think what that really told us and told the school district is that there's a group of kids out there that want to be involved in some- thing, but it isn't necessarily typical sports or show choir or drama club," says Terri Whereatt, manager of the team, an assistant coach, and a special education teacher in the Tomah district. "So we were really excited and parents were really excited that we were able to offer this to the kids and allow so many to experience the opportunity." The Tomah Timberwolves team g ot its start when the president of one of the area's gun clubs learned about the Wisconsin State High School Clay Target League and approached Whereatt, an avid shooter, about the possibility of a team. "So I along with some parents put a feeler out there and I ended up going to the school board and asking if we could be approved and supported by them," Whereatt says. The program was approved with the caveat that it needed to provide its own f u n d i n g , w h i c h i t h a s d o n e t h r o u g h a variety of community fundraisers, such as helping out at the American Legion Fish Fry and the region's Cranberry Festival. That helps to offset the cost of shells and clay targets for student athletes. Though the team offers a few loaner firearms for students who need them, trap team members are generally expected to THE TOMAH TIMBERWOLVES TRAP TEAM HAS BEEN A FORCE IN WISCONSIN SINCE ITS START by JAKE WEYER THE TOMAH TEAM FUNDR AISES AT COMMUNIT Y EVENTS, SUCH AS THE REGION'S ANNUAL CR ANBERRY FESTIVAL . " " The Wisconsin State High School Clay Target League has been an amazing thing for not only our Tomah kids, but for ever yone involved. —T E R RI WH E R E AT T, T E A M M A N AG E R A N D AS S IS TA N T T R A P C OAC H

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