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Lead Heads wrap up successful shooting season

By on September 26, 2012 at 9:53 am

The Waterloo Lead Heads attended the Mississippi River Valley Friends of NRA event in Columbia on Sept. 6. Pictured, seated, from left, are Hayden Anderson, Nick Rau, Coach A.J. Wessel, Willie Wessel and Brittany Mehner; standing: Kyle Leckrone, Phillip Poston, Ryan Nabers, Zach Hempen, Alex Wessel, Megan Vogt and Caroline Stratman, assistant coaches Howard Mehner, Bob Rau and Trin Daws. (submitted photo)

The Waterloo Lead Heads shotgun sports team is going to need a larger trophy case.

At the Illinois State Shoot held at the World Shooting Complex in Sparta on June 30, the junior varsity team made up of Alex Wessel, Austin Heffner, and Zach Factor took the top prize in the sporting clays event.

The JV squad of Alex Wessel, Austin Heffner and Phillip Poston took top honors in the skeet event.

The JV team of Zach Factor, Logan Ausman and Hayden Anderson tied for third in skeet against stiff competition.

The varsity team of Willie Wessel, Nick Rau and Kyle Leckrone took first place in the sporting clays event. This same team also took second overall in the skeet event.

The week of July 17-21, found the World Shooting Complex playing host for the Scholastic Clay Target Program Nationals. Teams from across the U.S. converged to compete.

The Lead Heads took third place high overall, no doubt from the efforts of the JV team, which found itself in a shoot-off.

When the smoke cleared, the Lead Heads took third, besting 26 other squads.

The JV squad of Alex Wessel, Heffner and Factor scored 14th place in the sporting clays.

The varsity team of Willie Wessel, Leckrone and Rau posted a 13th overall in sporting clays, while capturing 16th in the skeet event from a field of more than 60 teams.

In the trap event, the JV team of Leckrone, Rau, Megan Vogt, Brittany Mehner and Branden Kopp took 14th in a field of 89 teams.

The varsity squad of Cooper Secker, Caroline Stratman, Aaron Shull, Ryan Nabers and Zach Hempen took 15th out of 36 squads.

In addition, Mehner shot a perfect score, 100 straight, at Brittany Trap & Skeet to take top honors at the first annual Academics, Integrity and Marksmanship Shoot. AIM is the youth program for the American Trap Association.

Poston also competed at the Junior World Skeet Championships in Stockton, Calif. For his efforts, Poston brought home the high overall in Class 1 1-1, scoring a 395 to include a 100 in the 12 gauge class, as well as, the 20 gauge.

Lead Heads coach AJ Wessel is pleased with his team’s performance and remains optimistic for the next season.

“The team has improved and the hard work showed,” he said. “The kids should be proud of what they have achieved this season.”

The National Rifle Association is one of many donors to the Lead Heads. In appreciation, the team attended the Mississippi River Valley Friends of NRA event in Columbia on Sept. 6.


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Teryn Schaefer

Teryn was born and raised in Waterloo, growing up watching local sports and Mon-Clair baseball. She is a graduate of the University of Missouri Journalism School and loves cheering on her Tigers any chance she gets.