RURAL HALL COUNTY — Alicia Crouse of Haigler pulls her shotgun up and rests it against her shoulder as a clay targets fly through the air.
The Hastings College senior sights in her gun and pulls the trigger, watching her shot make contact with the target and explode it into pieces.
Quickly she moves her gun downward as another clay target bounces across the ground. Crouse shoots again, this timing missing the target.
Putting the gun down at her side, Crouse steps back and smiles at her success with the shots she did make.
“A lot of the people are a lot more experienced than us, but it’s great to learn from them and gain that experience,” she said. “There’s been a lot of new information, too.”
Crouse and the other four members of the Hastings College shooting team took part in their first Scholastic Clay Target Program Collegiate Division Central Region Championship at the Heartland Public Shooting Park near Grand Island Friday through Sunday.