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Profile of a Champion of Champions

Profile of a Minn. Champion

 

 

Profile of a Champion of Champions

Nolan
Team Minnesota: Nolan Sprengeler and Nick Slipek

On May 12th, the second SCTP Sporting Clays shoot of the year was held at Le Blanc’s Rice Creek Gun Club in Little Falls, Minnesota. Dylan Burns from the South St. Paul Clay Crashers team took HOA honors, shooting an amazing 91 out of 100 targets. Congratulations Dylan on an awesome shooting display.
I have a feeling we are going to be hearing a lot from this young and up and coming shooter. Eric Spence from team Del Tone, sponsored by a local Pheasant’s Forever chapter took second, shooting an 88. I have personally watched this young shooter over the last three years steadily work his way into the winner’s circle.
Congratulation’s Eric on a well-deserved finish. Rounding out the top three was Nate Wannebo from the South St. Paul Clay Crashers and teammate of Dylan Burns. The young Wannebo shot an 87 to continue his hot streak that was started at the Minnesota State 5-Stand Championship held this last April. Nate easily won C class with a score of 175 out-of-200 targets over the course of the two day shoot, but what is even more amazing is that Nate out shot everyone in B class, A class, and AA class.
I think we will be seeing a lot more of this young lad at the top of the of the score board. Congratulations to everyone who shoot the SCTP event and a very special thanks to Greg and Joe Le Blanc for hosting a great shoot. Nice job guys.
With that said, I’d like to introduce you to Nolan Sprengeler a Minnesota State, Zone 5, and National SCTP Sporting Clays Champion. Nolan is the teammate of Colton Saugestad and Brad Bohrer. This trio has won more championships than any previous Minnesota SCTP team. Nolan and his band of brothers are setting the bar quite high for future SCTP teams. Before Colton made Master class, Nolan broke the clay ceiling becoming the first of the trio to do so. Nolan is a quiet, shy high school honors student that lets his shotgun do the balk of the speaking for him. If you ever have the chance to shoot with Nolan, you will soon learn that he is a fierce competitor, often beating shooters four times his age, leaving the older more experienced shooters shaking their heads, admiring his tenacity and youthful athleticism. I’ve had the opportunity to shoot with Nolan on a number of occasions, and you just can’t help but smile at his natural abilities made more perfect by his coaches Cal Munkvold and Ed Saugestad.
I recently sat down with Nolan after shooting the Northwoods 200 over the Memorial Day weekend at the Old Vermillion Trails Hunting Preserve and Sporting Clays in Duluth, Minnesota. I soon was reminded how competitive Nolan is and how serious he takes his performance on the clay course. I started the interview with the toughest question first, asking Nolan how he shot that day. His reply was typical Nolan, stating “Not too well.” I then asked what his morning and afternoon scores were. 168 was his quick response. He then asked me if I had heard what Brad [Bohrer] shot? “I hope I at least beat him,” said Nolan. I told Nolan that Brad was shooting behind our group but that I didn’t know his score. I then told Nolan that I did hear Brad tell Cal that he didn’t shoot very well, telling Cal that he struggled to be consistent from station to station. A few minutes later, Brad drove up in a clay car with an inquisitive smile on his face, wanting to know Nolan’s score. Upon hearing the result, Brad’s smile widens and then informed Nolan that he had broken one bird better. You could see the competitive comradely and that both these guys took pleasure in beating each other. After Brad left, Colton stopped by. Nolan was quick to share his misfortune, telling Colton that Brad had best him by one target.
Regardless of his score on that particular day, Nolan has an impression list of shooting accolades such as, the 2010 National SCTP Junior Varsity Gold Medalist and the 2011 National SCTP Varsity Bronze Medalist. When I asked Nolan what was his best moment from the two trips to the National SCTP Championships, he said “Finding out that I was high-overall, beating out all the other shooters.” I then asked how did the coaching from Cal and Ed help you become a champion? Pausing a moment to consider the question, Nolan said that “It’s the one-on-one [coaching] that has helped me the most,” adding and that the way [coaches Cal and Ed] “they push me.” Good answer Nolan – good answer.
I asked Nolan what advice he would give to a new and up and coming SCTP shooter? “Purchase good equipment like eye glasses, ear plugs, and shells. If you don’t, you will find out the hard way that they don’t last or provide the advertised performance and that you will end up repurchasing the equipment spending even more money.” Sounds like good advice.
Best wishes Nolan.
If you or your organization would like to support any of the SCTP teams whether it is trap, skeet, or sporting clays, or sponsor a team, please contact Kevin Ritter at kevin.ritter@comcast.net. See you on the clay course.

Like his two teammates Brad and Colton, Nolan too has earned the respect of the shooting community, and you can bet his shooting goals for 2012 are quite high. Following are just some of the highlights and shooting accolades of this young SCTP athletic marksman:

2008 SCTP State Rookie Champion (first ever registered shoot)
2009 Peterson Dead Bird Open C Class and SubJr Champion
2009 Minnesota State Super Sporting SubJr Champion
2009 National FITASC Sporting SubJr Champion
2009 Minnesota State Prelim, 5-Stand, and FITASC SubJr Champion
2010 Wild Rice 200 HOA
2010 South St. Paul Cup HOA
2010 Minnesota State 5-Stand SubJr Champion
2010 Dead Bird FITASC and Super Sporting SubJr Champion
2010 Minnesota State Super Sporting SubJr RU
2010 National SCTP Junior Varsity Gold Medalist and HOA
2010 Caribou SCTP Shoot HOA
2010 Miller Lite Prelim, Main, and 5-Stand SubJr Champion
2010 SCTP Nationals Gold Medalist and HOA
2010 Wisconsin State Prelim RU M1
2010 Wisconsin State Main SubJr Champion
2010 Minnesota State Main SubJr RU
2010 Minnesota State 5-Stand HOA and M1
2010 Zone 5 FITASC SubJr Third Place and Main SubJr RU
2010 NSCA Nationals 5-Stand SubJr RU
2011 Minnesota State 5-Stand Junior Champion
2011 Triple Classic Sporting Prelim in Rio Bravos Junior RU
2011 Player’s Championship Prelim Junior Champion
2011 Player’s Championship Sporting Junior Third Place
2011 Player’s Championship FITASC Junior RU
2011 Minnesota State FITASC Junior Champion
2011 SCTP Nationals Bronze Medalist and Fourth HOA
2011 Zone 5 Prelim and 5-Stand HOA
2011 Zone 5 Main and Super Sporting Junior Champion
2012 State 5 Stand Junior Champ
2012 Wild Rice 200 RU

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Profile of a Minn. Champion


Kevin
By Kevin Ritter

On April 13th – 14th, the Minnesota State 5-Stand Championship was held at South St. Paul Rod and Gun Club. Ed Saugestad was named champion for the second year in a row while Kyle Hamilton was Runner Up and Steve Korin took third. The next event on the schedule is the Minnesota State FITASC Championship to be held on May 5th and 6th at Caribou Gun Club in Le Sueur MN. Things are also heating for SCTP. The first sporting clays shoot of the year was held on April 21st at South St. Paul Rod and Gun Club. Following is the remaining SCTP sporting clays shoot schedule (see box below):
Next month I’ll report on the first two SCTP shoots. Until then I’d like to introduce you to Colton Saugestad a Minnesota State and National SCTP Sporting Clays Champion. Colton is also the youngest Master Class marksman in the state.
The first time I was introduced to Colton was at a shoot at the South St. Paul Gun Club during the spring of 2008. As I remember it, the targets were especially difficult for me let alone a ten year old. But Colton held his own, taking the gentle and insightful instructions from his father, Ed Saugestad, and breaking the majority of targets that day. A few weeks later, Colton joined SCTP. Now Colton is the youngest master class clay target shooter in the history of Minnesota Sporting Clays and in the twelve states that make up North Central region. For a complete list, search for the NSCA Regional Map.
At the young age of fourteen, Colton has an impression list of shooting accolades such as, the 2010 National SCTP Jr Varsity Gold Medalist and the 2011 National SCTP Varsity Bronze Medalist, which he was the youngest member of his three man squad. When I asked Colton what was his best moments of the 2010 National SCTP Championship, he said “walking up to the podium and standing on top looking out at the crowd and seeing the flashes from the camera and listening to them clap and cheer.” “In 2011, it was shooting the [SCTP National] Make-a-Break [contest]. It was really cool shooting at night with the tracer shells and exploding targets” SCTP National Make-a-Break contest was nationally televised event held under the lights in front of a crowd of about 1,500 people, consisting of shooters, coaches, and parents from around the nation. Talk about shooting under pressure. The contest was sponsored by Fiocchi and White Flyer, where the shooters used Fiocchi’s Canned Ammo and White Flyer’s Flash Targets. This allowed everyone to see the shot leaving the barrel and striking the flash target, which lit up the night sky with every hit. Colton was not the only Minnesotan shooting the event. He was accompanied by Bryan Greene, and Brad Bohrer, teammates of Colton.
I asked Colton what advice he would give to someone thinking about joining SCTP. “Practice and shoot a lot of competitions because shooting a lot and competing are the only ways to get better. Also, listen to your coach and teammates because they know how to make you a better shooter.” Sounds like sound shooting advice for anyone whether working toward master class or shooting SCTP sponsored events.
Colton has earned the respect of the shooting community, and you can bet his shooting goals for 2012 are quite high. Following are just some of the highlights and shooting accolades of this young SCTP athletic marksman (see box above):
At just fourteen, Colton has four more years shooting SCTP events. I think he will continue to set records and to make Minnesota shooting history.
Best wishes Colton.
If you or your organization would like to support any of the SCTP teams whether it is trap, skeet, or sporting clays, or sponsor a team, please contact Kevin Ritter at kevin.ritter@comcast.net. See you on the clay course.

Colton Saugestad's highlights and shooting accolades

2007 and 2008 Minnesota State Championship Sub JR 3rd
2008 and 2011 Wild Marsh Cup Sub JR Champion
2008 Garrison 100 Class E Champion
2009 South St. Paul Cup Class E Champion
2009 Minnesota State Super Sporting Class C Champion
2009 Minnesota State SCTP Advanced Intermediate Gold Medalist
2009 Minnesota State Championship Sub JR Runner-up
2009 Minnesota State Championship Class C Champion
2010 South St. Paul Cup Class B Champion
2010 National SCTP JR Varsity Gold Medalist
2010 Minnesota State SCTP JR Varsity Gold Medalist
2010 and 2011 Minnesota State 5-Stand Sub JR Champion
2010 Zone 5 Class A Champion
2011 Triple Classic Class A Champion
2011 South St. Paul Cup Sub JR Champion
2011 Players Championship Sporting Clays Sub JR Champion
2011 North American FITASC Championship Class A Champion
2011 North American Super Sporting Class A 2nd
2011 Minnesota State SCTP Varsity Gold Medalist
2011 National SCTP Varsity Bronze Medalist
2011 Wisconsin State Prelim Class AA and Sub JR Champion
2011 Minnesota State 5-Stand Championship HOA Runner-up
2011 Minnesota State Prelim Sub JR Champion
2011 Minnesota State Class AA and Sub JR Champion
2011 Minnesota State 5-Stand Class AA and Sub JR Champion
2011 Minnesota State True Pairs Class AA and Sub JR Champion
2011 Minnesota State 410 Sub JR Champion
2011 Minnesota State Super Sporting Sub JR Champion
2011 North American Turkey Federation HOA Runner-up

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