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New NIC team has blast at clay target shoot

Members of the NIC Breaking Clays Club turned in award-winning performances at the Upper West Coast Conference Clay Target Championships held Oct. 11-13, 2013, in Spokane. Pictured are team members, from left: Jon Thurman, Grant Thurman, Ben Higgs (coach), Nick Higgs, Larkin Henkel (club president), and Tony Palin. (North Idaho College)
Members of the NIC Breaking Clays Club turned in award-winning performances at the Upper West Coast Conference Clay Target Championships held Oct. 11-13, 2013, in Spokane. Pictured are team members, from left: Jon Thurman, Grant Thurman, Ben Higgs (coach), Nick Higgs, Larkin Henkel (club president), and Tony Palin. (North Idaho College)

SHOOTING -- The new North Idaho College Breaking Clays Club shot their way to $11,250 in cash prizes at the  Upper West Coast Conference Clay Target Championships held Oct. 11 – 13 in Spokane.

“This was our first time shooting together as a team," said club president Larkin Henkel, one of three team members who won first-place awards. "I’m proud of everyone.” 

The competition is coordinated by the Association of College Unions International and hosted at Double Barrel Ranch Sporting Clays and the Spokane Gun Club.

The NIC club earned $11,250 in prize money during the three-day event and will forward the money to the club’s endowment fund, said club advisor Jacob Rothrock.

NIC students who earned awards at the competition include:

Jon Thurman, Coeur d’Alene:  Overall high score, male division

Larkin Henkel, Coeur d’Alene: Overall high score, female division

Tony Palin, Corvallis, Mont.: High score for the weekend; took first-place in Trap (hit 98 out of 100 targets).

Grant Thurman, Coeur d’Alene: First-place Skeet, male division

Nick Higgs, Coeur d’Alene: Third place Skeet, male division

“Starting the Breaking Clays club has improved my college experience by putting me in contact with people who I would not normally meet,” Henkel said. “It’s helped me get involved on campus and learn about other student groups and organizations.” 




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