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NICC Sports Shooting team’s Kaylie Klimesh named Iowa Community College Athletic Conference Athlete of the Week

Thursday, October 1, 2020

The Iowa Community College Athletic Conference named Klimesh the September 21-27 Athlete of the Week in recognition of her back-to-back 96 and 97 scores in competition.

Klimesh photoCALMAR, Iowa—The Northeast Iowa Community College Sports Shooting team may have fallen short in its latest duel against Indian Hills Community College, 461-439, but student athlete Kaylie Klimesh earned statewide recognition for her standout achievements.

The Iowa Community College Athletic Conference named Klimesh the September 21-27 Athlete of the Week in recognition of her back-to-back 96 and 97 scores in competition. In both meets, Klimesh also scored the highest of any athlete competing that day.

“I was very surprised when I found out that I was named Athlete of the Week. My favorite thing about competing with our NICC team is being able to have fun and not make the competitions about winning. I also like being able to compete with cool teammates,” Klimesh said.

The NICC athlete developed her trapshooting skills through many years of practice and persistence. Her goal is to become a very competitive shooter. “My father was also my head coach throughout my high school career, so he pushed me to become better; without him pushing me, I wouldn’t be as competitive as I am today,” she added.

The fact that NICC offers the sport influenced Klimesh’s decision to enroll at the College.

“I wanted to go to a community college that has trapshooting, and it’s nice because the campus is only 20 minutes from where I live,” Klimesh explained. She is currently enrolled in the Associate of Arts program at the Calmar campus.

September 27 Meet Highlights

NICC student athletes competing in last Saturday’s event included Kaylie Klimesh, Samantha Feucht, Jack Nelson, Nathan Breska, Dylan Elsbernd and Zach Schroeder.

Female Individual scores: Kaylie Klimesh, NICC, 97; Camden Barber, Indian Hills Community College, 89; Katelyn Talbert, Indian Hills, 88; Samantha Feucht, NICC, 86;  Brittany Scovel, Indian Hills, 76.

Male Individual scores: Charles Gibson, Indian Hills, 94; Dylan Marlay, Indian Hills, 93; Aaron Vos, Indian Hills, 92; Trent Rasmussen, Indian Hills, 91; Carson Boyse, Indian Hills, 91; Josh Meyer, Indian Hills, 90; Andrew Appleget, Indian Hills, 89; Alan Carmichael, Indian Hills, 87; Jack Nelson, NICC, 87; Nathan Breska, NICC, 85; Dylan Elsbernd, NICC, 84; Zach Schroeder, NICC, 82; Cooper Shelton, Indian Hills, 78; Austin Major, Indian Hills, 73.

“It was a little windy but not as bad as last week. I have gotten used to competing with the wind, so I have adapted to the conditions. Great outcome overall,” said NICC athlete. Zach Schroeder

“This week we faced off with a tough and talented Indian Hills team. Even though we did not come away with a victory, our team keeps improving. Once again Kaylie Klimesh scored the highest out of all the competitors. We have added a few more student athletes to the team and other athletes keep showing improvement. So, I am very optimistic in the direction our team is going, and about all our student athletes getting out on the range and giving it their all to improve their skills and stay competitive,” Anthony Sisneros, NICC head coach, expressed.

The NICC team, 1-2 this season, will face Iowa Central Community College next on Saturday, Oct. 3.

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