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Story last updated at 3:29 PM on Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Kachemak Skeeters place in championships

By McKibben Jackinsky
Staff Writer


Photo courtesy of Chris Donich

Displaying medals taken June 10 at the Scholastic Clay Target Program State Championships are (front row, left to right): Conner Seay, Elias Graham, Desmond VanLiere and (back row, left to right) Calla Seay, Sierra Morris, Dakota Morris, Head Coach Jeff Graham, Zachery Nelson, Coach Jake Fraley, Bryce Donich, Alex Clark, Coach Todd VanLiere.

It's been a busy summer for the 9- to 17-year-old boys and girls of Kachemak Skeeters, a local youth development program under the national Scholastic Clay Target Program.

In addition to practicing every Saturday from 10 a.m.-noon at the Kachemak Gun Club, mile 160 Sterling Highway — something they've been doing since January — club members participated in two state-level competitions. They attended the Scholastic Clay Target Program Championship in Wasilla on June 8-10 and a National Sporting Clay Association event also in Wasilla on July 27-29.

"The first event was for youth only. About 75 entrants were there," said Kachemak Skeeters' secretary Amy Fetterhoff. "The second event was open to all ages. Eighty-six entrants, youth and adult, shot in the main event."

In the June event, nine Kachemak Skeeters participated. Their divisions were based on grade level.

• Alex Clark, 14, first place in his division for trap;

• Bryce Donich, 14, third place in his division for trap;

• Connor Seay, 16, first place in his division for trap;

• Elias Graham, 15, second place in his division for trap;

• Dakota Morris, 13, placed in the ladies' division: third place for sporting clays, second place for trap, third place for skeet;

• Three three-member squads also placed in their divisions for trap and skeet events.

Eight Kachemak Skeeters participated in the NCSA event, with classes based on performance:

• Andy Fetterhoff, 15, second place in his class;

• Jeff Graham, head coach, first place in his class.

A nonprofit, team-based program, Kachemak Skeeters has 32 registered shooters.


Photo courtesy of Chris Donich

Members of Kachemak Skeeters participating in the July 29 National Sporting Clay Association State Championships are, left to right: Head Coach Jeff Graham, Sierra Morris, Dakota Morris, Andy Fetterhoff, Conner Seay, Bryce Donich, Elias Graham and Coach Jake Fraley. Not pictured: Alex Clark and Desmond VanLiere.

"And we're up from 13 last year," said Fetterhoff.

Its connection with the Scholastic Clay Target Program helps develop elementary to high school age involvement in and access to the shooting sports of trap, skeet and sporting clay.

The club takes a break from the action during the month of August, with a new season beginning Sept. 1.

"We are planning to attend five in-state competitions and hold two shooting clinics in the next season," said Fetterhoff. "We also want to attend a regional or national-level competition which would be out-of-state next summer."

Membership in Kachemak Skeeters is open to any youth. Registration is $30 for the season with a $10 practice fee for each practice.

"Any adult interested in becoming a volunteer or coach is welcome to join whether or not they have a child in the club, provided they complete the registration-background check process," said Fetterhoff.

For more information about joining or supporting Kachemak Skeeters, contact Fetterhoff by emailing kachemakskeeters@gmail.com or calling or texting 399-2972, or by contacting Head Coach Jeff Graham at 226-2235.

Registration opportunities will be available at the Homer Public Library conference room beginning the last week of August. Details will be posted on the Homer News calendar.

McKibben Jackinsky can be reached at mckibben.jackinsky@homernews.com.