Trapshooting team looking for sponsors to keep costs down.
The Crookston Pirate trapshooting team will send 21 to the state tournament in Alexandria, Minn. Friday, June 6.
The Pirates are in Class A, Conference 9 in their second season and have a novice, junior varsity and varsity teams.
At state the novice shooter have 75 targets, while junior varsity and varsity shooters have 100 targets. Teams are determined by their season average.
There are five girls on the team this year and they are competing right with the boys.
"They are all shooting very well and will be at the tournament," Pirate head coach Darren Gjerswold said of the girls. "The boys are also shooting very well and improve every week."
The Pirates started the season in last place of nine teams in their conference but have since improved.
"We have worked our way to sixth as of week three," coach Gjerswold said. "Week four went well but there was a bigger hurdle to get past so I don't know if we'll make it to fifth or not. We'll find out Sunday when they post the standings."
Gjerswold has had help from his coaching staff, parents and others but more sponsors are needed in order to keep the cost down for the kids.
Assistant coaches are Al Steinhouer, Rob Metzger and Kelly Shea. Range safety officers are Steve Videen and Dan Gossen.
"Many of the parents help out as well," Gjerswold said. "Darren Selzler has helped out with installing, setting and filling the trap machines. RBJ's allowed the use of their meeting room to have our preseason meeting and Scheels of Grand Forks has donated shooting vests. Erickson Embroidery stitched the logos and sews the patches on. Pheasants Forever, the East Grand Forks chapter, donates money every year as well."
Fisher High School also has a trapshooting team and the two teams share the Crookston Gun Club on Wednesday nights.
"The Fisher Knights also have a team of 7 shooters this year and are in second place as of week three, only a half point out of first place," Gjerswold said. "Both Fisher and Crookston shoot on the same night and it seems to be working very well. Both teams are improving all the time and are respectful to each other."