New club shoots its way onto scene

by Abby Ferguson
Sports Editor

Over the past year Transylvania has continued to expand, from new programs and new athletic fields to more club teams. As of Nov. 7, Transy has a new trap and skeet club.

Trap and skeet are just two of the three disciplines in competitive clay pigeon shooting, the third of which is sporting clays. Clay pigeon shooting is the art of shooting a clay target (the “pigeon”) in the air with a shotgun.

The idea for the club came after first-year John DeReamer discussed it with a friend at Hampden-Sydney College who is on his school’s shotgun team.

“After talking to him about his club I thought it would be a great program for Transy,” said DeReamer. “I owe a lot of thanks to the (National Rifle Association) and (the University of Kentucky’s) shotgun team president, Daniel Birkenhauer, who helped our club become legitimate in the collegiate community.”

DeReamer has only been involved with shooting for three years, but the club has members of all levels.

“I haven’t been shooting as long as some of the other guys, but most shooters in collegiate clubs start in college or high school,” said DeReamer. “It is easy to pick up, and it can get quite addicting. … (The club) was formed with the goals of introducing new students to the sport, promoting gun safety and providing a competitive environment for experienced shooters to compete with other colleges. It is a great way for students to shoot in an organized manner.”

After DeReamer confronted senior Anderson Salinas, a fellow shooter, he decided it was time to get back into the game.

“Since I had gotten to college I hadn’t shot as much as I used to in high school and middle school, and had never competed before. So the idea appealed to me as a way to get back into shooting and try a new sport,” said Salinas.

Salinas enjoys the competitive and social nature of trap and skeet.

“Every Thursday we go out, and while we all are trying to beat each other and improve our skills, it’s also a very welcoming environment where we coach each other and try to make everyone a better shooter,” Salinas said.

Even though some members are experienced, not all those who join have to be well versed in trap and skeet.

“It is a great club sport for Transy students, faculty and staff. Both women and men can practice and compete in the same divisions with other colleges,” said DeReamer. “No experience or equipment is required; we have coaches that can instruct new shooters.”

“Since Trap and Skeet is not a NCAA sport it’s not the sort of activity that is going to be run by the athletic department; it is a student-run activity, and that’s a positive thing. Because of that it allows for a greater variety of students to participate,” said Salinas.

Future goals for the club include attending UK’s tournament this spring, going to the national tournament in San Antonio, organizing a Department of Public Safety vs. Trap and Skeet Club tournament, and making plans to host a tournament at the Bluegrass Sportsman’s League in the summer that will help raise money for the club.

“Students who enjoy the outdoors, hunting or competitive shooting now have an avenue to develop those interests through the university,” Salinas said. “I think it will help students considering Transy with those interests become more inclined to commit to coming here.”

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