By HARV HANSEN

Sports Editor

The coronavirus curtailed Maquoketa’s 2020 trap season but the team came away from the virtual National Championship with top honors in singles, doubles, and handicap competitions.

But first, the team participated in the regional shoot on June 19-2, sponsored by the Stockdale Gun Club in Ackley.

 Some 475 shooters from seven states participating that weekend. They came from Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Nebraska, Wisconsin, and Texas. Some were turned away due to limited space because of the coronavirus. 

  Fifth-grader Cade Morehead, a newcomer to the sport, participated in his first-ever meet and it was a big meet, not the average league meet where trap shooters get their feet wet and adjust to the competition. Morehead shot an 85 in the intermediate division. 

“I was a little nervous but after the first target was in the air I calmed down and shot 85 out of 100,” Morehead said. His grandma, Marla Morehead, got Cade and his brother Sam Morehead involved in trap shooting.

 Thayne Chapin placed third in doubles with a 97 and tied for 5th with 99 in singles. 

Isaac Crist shot a 98 in singles, placing 10th. The top three receive medals.

Regional place winners were:

Handicap 1st place: Thayne Chapin, Noah Ruchotzke, Keeley Waack, Isaac Crist and Wyatt Lindstrom

Singles 2nd place: Thayne Chapin, Roy Gerlach, Isaac Crist, Wyatt Lindstrom and Noah Ruchotzke

Senior team 3rd place doubles: Thayne Chapin, Isaac Crist, Wyatt Lindstrom, Noah Ruchotzke, Lee Cain. 

The virtual National Trap Shoot was held July 15-16 at the Clinton County Sportsman Club in DeWitt. About 30 Maquoketa-area kids participated in the event, which went virtual this year as a way to limit the spread of the coronavirus.

“The Maquoketa trap team are virtual national champions in singles, handicap and doubles — yes, all three,” said coach Don Schwenker. “We shot against over 60 teams from several states and 450 total shooters.”

Earning top national honors were:

Single

squad: Thayne Chapin, Wyatt Lindstrom, Ben Thines, Roy Gerlach and Isaac Crist

Handicap

squad: Wyatt Lindstrom, Thayne Chapin, Isaac Crist, Wyatt Schwenker and Roy Gerlach

Doubles

squad: Wyatt Lindstrom, Isaac Crist, Thayne Chapin, Roy Gerlach, and Wyatt Schwenker

The intermediate advance team of four shooters placed fifth, while the intermediate entry level team of three shooters placed sixth. 

Individual

singles

awards:

Thayne Chapin, third; Wyatt Lindstrom, eighth; Emma Chapin, sixth

Handicap

varsity

honors:

Wyatt Lindstrom, second; Emma Chapin, fifth; Keeley Waack, ninth

Intermediate/Advanced: Sam Thines, third

Intermediate/Entry: Sam Kress, fifth

Doubles

Varsity:

Wyatt Lindstrom, third; Isaac Crist, sixth; Thayne Chapin, seventh

Intermediate/Advanced: Sam Thines, third 

Intermediate/Entry: Sam Kress, second