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Shooting teams hit the mark at the national level PDF Print E-mail
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Written by MITCH MEARSCH   
Wednesday, 07 August 2013 16:03

Coach Rick Leach is thrilled his Ozaukee Scholastic pistol teams took first and second places in the national championship last month.

He’s amazed how fast the trap shooters picked up the skill of pistol shooting and excelled at it. Ozaukee started in spring, months after most teams began practicing.


But it’s how the team carries itself that has impressed Leach.

“Our club had been known because when we’re shooting in events they’ll stop and thank the volunteers,” Leach said. “I’m more proud of their behavior and how they act even more than the national title.”


A representative of the Glock pistol company even said he was happy to see Ozaukee win because the kids are “so classy.”


Case in point: a shooter from the state of Washington came without a team and asked to shoot with Ozaukee. Without hesitation, Grafton graduate Nick Skelton, Ozaukee’s top shooter, offered his own gun.


“The kid with the fastest gun in the nation let him shoot his gun. Something could have gone wrong,” Leach said. “His mom had tears in her eyes.”


Skelton led the senior division by taking first in centerfire, followed by his teammate, Andrew Holzer. They were among 500 pistol shooters and 2,000 trap shooters competing in Sparta, Ill., at the largest outdoor shooting complex in the country. Trap houses that send up clay targets stretch for three and a half miles.


The timed competition has four segments. Shooters must hit five steel targets at various distances in five rounds as fast as they can. Their top four times count.


 
Monsters of the lake earn prizes PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 07 August 2013 16:01

Port Lions Club derby attracts anglers from around the Midwest

The winning catches trended toward the super-sized in the Port Washington Lions Club’s annual Lake Michigan fish derby last weekend.

The largest fish in the five categories topped each of last year’s winners.


“There seemed to be fewer fish this year, but the fish they were bringing in were quite a bit larger,” said derby organizer Dave Mueller.


The top four chinook salmon registered during the tournament each weighed more than 23 pounds. This year’s fourth-place fish topped the category winner from last year.


Winning the battle of the scale was a 26.1 pound chinook hauled in by Ivan Stross of Oak Creek.


Although no records were set this year, Mueller said there are even larger lunkers lurking off the shore of Port Washington.


“We had a guy bring in a 29.8 pound salmon on Sunday, but he was too late to register,” Mueller said.


The derby’s financial winner was Randy Visser, of Waupun, who won the grand prize of $1,500 in a drawing between anglers who had the first-place catches in each of five categories.


Visser won the coho-salmon category with a catch that weighed 9.8 pounds


The top finishers by category follow.

 
Comeback win keeps Express in title chase PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 31 July 2013 15:10

With upset victory over front-running Cedarburg, Grafton still has shot at first

The Cedarburg Mercs are still in the driver’s seat to win another Northern Division baseball championship, but it isn’t coming easily.

Second-place Grafton kept its slim title hopes alive last Sunday by rallying to upset the Mercs, 5-4, in a 10-inning Land O’ Lakes game.


Host Grafton, which improved its division record to 13-4, faced a 3-0 deficit entering the bottom of the seventh inning.

After the Express scored four times in the top of the frame to take a one-run lead, Cedarburg (14-2) tied the game in the eighth.


In the ninth, the Mercs loaded the bases, but Grafton ended the threat by turning a double play.


That set the stage for a 10th-inning comeback. After the Express loaded the bases on an error, intentional walk and infield single by Max Pruefer, the winning run scored on a wild pitch by reliever Taylor Piel.


Pitcher Zach Lauterbach held Grafton in check through the first six innings. But in the seventh, the Express broke through and scored their first run on a bases-loaded passed ball.


After Andrew Doring hit a two-run single, Mike Pruefer added an RBI double to put Grafton up, 4-3.


Cedarburg pulled even in the eighth on Lauterbach’s sacrifice fly.


Reliever Nick Wycklendt pitched the final three innings for the win.

 
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