Competitive Shooting Team
In its second competitive year (2018-2019), St. Mary’s competitive shooting team had another successful season. The team earned two state titles, taking the championships in both trap singles and skeet, and placed second in sporting clays at the state competition. St. Mary’s had seven athletes named to the 2019 SCTP Colorado All-State Team, which means they were each in the Top 5 for one or more disciplines in the state of Colorado.
All 16 members of the team qualified for nationals in July and 15 of the 16 athletes were able to compete. The varsity team placed in the top 10 in two disciplines at nationals competing against 305 teams from 27 states. A total of 2,819 athletes competed at the national championships, with 20 percent of them being female.
St. Mary’s became the first high school in the state of Colorado to have a sanctioned clay shooting team when it added the Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) as a new sport within its athletics department in the 2017-2018 school year. The team offers a variety of opportunities for St. Mary’s students for co-ed competition at the state, regional andnational level and an opportunity to earn a SMHS athletic letter. St. Mary’s athletes are able to participate on the Competitive Shooting Team concurrently with other St. Mary’s sports and activities. Participation can open the door to university/college scholarships, ROTC opportunities, and as SCTP is the youth arm of USA Shooting, potential Olympic participation.
As safety is our highest priority, all team athletes learn proper shooting fundamentals, complete a mandatory gun safety course and receive gun safety certification. Individual membership in SCTP, the sport’s governing body is required. Youth membership at the Pikes Peak Gun Club is required. Individual (youth/junior) membership in the following governing bodies is recommended but not required: Amateur Trapshooting Association (ATA), National Sporting Clays Association (NSCA), and USA Shooting. Note: Membership dues are annual.
For the most current schedule of athletic events, please visit our Athletic Calendar.
Learn more and join the team
- 2020 Spring/Summer Registration Packet
- Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation
AM 740 KVOR
Coach Daniel Mizicko, SMHS president Rob Rysavy, and Mark Rysavy talked with Sarada Connors about St. Mary’s competitive shooting team (3/10/2018)