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NICC Cougar Sports Shooting takes sixth in championship competition

Monday, November 14, 2022

The NICC team scored 430 points in the event. The Hawkeye Community College RedTails took first with a 463.

WAUKEE, Iowa—Northeast Iowa Community College Cougar Sports Shooting closed out the season with a sixth place finish in the 2022 Iowa Collegiate Clay Target Championships on Nov. 12. The NICC team competed among 175 total athletes representing 16 teams from both community colleges and four-year colleges.

NICC student athletes competing in the event, and Male Individual scores, included Zachary Gronwoldt, Riceville, 91; Austin Snell, Decorah, 89; Tracer Tollefsrud, Canton, Minn., 89; Alex Digman, Earlville, 83; Zach Schroeder, Elgin, 75; Will Vanhove, Ackley, 73; Nicholas Saeugling, La Motte, 71; Nick Gibbs, Earlville, 68; Emmit Stemper, of Decorah, 67; Alex Zweibohmer, Decorah, 63; and Jackson Rollins, Decorah, 59. 

Female Individual competition scores were Hailey Elsbernd, Fort Atkinson, 78, and Magen Brenke, Holy Cross, 76.

The NICC team scored 430 points in the event. The Hawkeye Community College RedTails took first with a 463.

“Definitely was the coldest weather we have all shot in! We had to do our best to adapt to what we were given,” said athlete Hailey Elsbernd.

Head Coach Anthony Sisneros is pleased with the growth he has seen in both individual athletes and team cohesion. “The cold temperature and wind gusts played a role in every team’s score, our student athletes fought through the conditions and were able to come away with a sixth place finish as a team. We competed against both four-year colleges and the other community colleges in our conference. It was exciting for both Coach Arnold and me to see everyone’s improvement over the last few months. Our team has gotten better not just as individuals but also a team. Our finish is a testament to all the hard work from everyone involved, from the athletes, coaches, volunteers, parents, and other NICC staff – thanks for an exciting season,” Sisneros said.

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