APW Trap Team Holds Fund-raising Challenge and Barbecue
The Altmar-Parish-Williamstown Trap Team recently held a fundraiser which featured a challenge to members of the community to compete against a student in a clay target shoot. The APW team is made up of 24 student athletes in grades 6-12 at the school. They are coached by Shea Beachner and Robert Ocker.
The team was organized earlier this spring and has had some pretty impressive showings so far in their first season. They compete in the New York State High School Clay Target League which consists of 88 schools throughout the state. The team finished in 4th place out of eight teams in their conference and four boys and three girls finished in the top 25 in the conference out of 188 competitors. Seventeen of the 24 student athletes will be participating in the NYS High School State Clay Tournament later this month. The tournament will bring more than 950 athletes to the statewide competition held at Bridgeport Rod and Gun Club on June 30.
The APW team is hosted at the Toad Harbor Rod and Gun Club and several of the members there are experienced shooters and assisted with coaching the students.
On June 2, the team held a fundraiser at the club that included raffles, donations, a chicken BBQ and a shooting challenge. Students challenged an adult and competed head-to-head against them in a clay target event. The 24 students challenged local officials, administrators, board members, teachers and parents and earned points by hitting the most targets, but also earned points by donating money to the cause. Martin Daniels was the overall winner of the challenge.
Money was raised throughout the season through raffles, donations and fundraising.
APW was one of few schools in the United States to raise enough money that the students did not have to pay for ammunition or targets.