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Sharpshooter: Redinbaugh a national champ

Atlantic native, just a freshman, wins title in sudden death shootoff

Kyle Redinbaugh
Kyle Redinbaugh

SAN ANTONIO, Texas — Kyle Redinbaugh didn’t bother focusing on his sport shooting skills for much of high school, choosing instead to work more on other sports.

He went back to it his senior year for the shooting team at CAM High School, and has shown a remarkably adept ability in his time as a Southwestern Community College shooter.

Redinbaugh earned the 2018 ACUI Class C National Champion in International Trap during the Spartans’ trip to San Antonio from March 30 through April 2. He won by defeating Hayden Dempsey of Georgia College in a sudden death shootoff.

Spartans coach Marc Roberg lent his star shooter some positive energy before the shootoff.

“He was just so sure I was going to win the shoot off and when I did he was pretty happy,” Redinbaugh said.

Redinbaugh also took home third in the Class C, American Skeet.

The freshmen shooter was the Spartans’ leader in the High Overall category that consisted of events American Trap, American Skeet, International Trap, International Skeet, Sporting Clays, and Super Sporting Clays.

Redinbaugh was happy, but his emotions aren’t on too much of a high after the fact. He has taken a simple lesson out of winning.

“Just shoot to the best you can and winning will come later,” Redinbaugh said.

“For me is it’s about having fun and just don’t miss the easy stuff,” he later added.

Per southwesternspartans.com, the team competing at nationals included:

Hunter Albers, Jessica Aupperle, Mallory Bell of Colfax, Blake Binns of Winterset, Dakota Burgmaier of Creston, Makayla Flora of Adel, Gabriel Gard of of Murray, Cole Harder of Hancock, Jacob Hemsworth of Creston, Sydney McElfish of Greenfield, Redinbaugh, Dalton Smith Prole, and  Tom Steinbach of Creston.

McElfish finished 15th place in Class B, International Trap with an 84.

“We had some strong individual performances,” Roberg said in an article on southwesternspartans.com. “We did not shoot particularly well as a team, but taking into account this was our first attempt at the international events and not having practiced them or the sporting and super sporting clays events, I think we did pretty well.”  

SWCC continues its shooting season in Cedar Falls Saturday and at the SCTP championship Saturday, April 28.

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