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10 PULLUSA MAGAZINE FALL 2017 THE LEAD S QUA D SP O T L IGH T THE BIRTHPLACE OF THE LEAGUE IS STILL THRIVING AT ORONO HIGH SCHOOL by MATT KRUMRIE STARTING SPARTANS WITH O F A L L T H E T E A M S I N THE LEAGUE, Orono holds a special place in the histo- ry of high school clay target shooting. It was there that Jim Sable first began his mentoring program in 2001, and it was that mentoring program that blossomed into first the Minnesota State High School Clay Targ et League, and then later into the USA High School Clay Target League. Orono holds the honored position of being the "first" school in the League, and was one of the three school-approved teams that took part in the first season of competition in 2008. By the time current Head Coach Mike Personius took the reins in 2010, the League had grown to 340 students partici- pating on 13 teams throughout Minnesota. N ow, s e ve n y e a r s l a t e r, t h e L e a g u e has rocketed to nearly 20,000 student a t h l e t e s p a r t i c i p a t i n g o n o v e r 6 0 0 teams nationwide. "It's really cool," said Personius, when asked about the growth of the sport. "It's taken off by leaps and bounds. No one could have predicted it would become so popular. But it's a great sport. You don't have to be a superstar athlete, so I think that's why it's so attractive to people." Personius, who has also been shooting trap himself for over 20 years, takes a

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