Introducing the 2020 Sporting Clays Team

There are many people who keep the place humming by running the Lodge on the weekends, helping with special projects, and showing up for the odd job when asked, but this squad puts in the time every single week to ensure that Sporting Clays is functioning and fun for everyone. Not everybody has the time for these weekly commitments and we do recognize and appreciate every person who helps in any way. However, we thought you’d like to know who devotes their energies each and every week.

Left to right in main photo:

Kevin Reynolds and Dave Frischkorn – Kevin and Dave are our two newest team members and responsible for machine maintenance. With both a growing and aging fleet of machines, there is a lot of work involved. Sometimes a machine needs a complete dismantling before it can be put back out in the field.

Phil Mitchell – Phil is one-half of our course setter team. This means that he and Darryl Williams move and reset, at times, eight or more trap machines in one day. Additionally, Phil is the lead on laying out the new 16 station course. We estimate that he has re-flagged the new course approximately 1,365,210 times to find the best layout for our terrain.

David Gilbertson – David is the Discipline Director and represents Sporting Clays on the Club Board. He is indefatigable in his leadership efforts, volunteer team coordination and spearheading the improvements we all enjoy at the range. Read about our 2020 ambitions here.

Mike Dooley – Mike frequently runs the Lodge on weekends and is always available for special projects including digging through the snow to get our stations open. He is the team lead for the design and construction of the planned covered stations.

Bill Cunningham – Bill makes sure there are targets in the Sporting Clays machines each week (about 30 boxes worth per week), all batteries are charged, and each station is clean.

Sarah Brosier – Sarah builds and maintains this blog, provides the graphic design work, and builds the behind-the-scenes spreadsheets to help the David and the team track finances, volunteer hours, and machine inventory. She also runs Winscore for the NSCA tournaments at the range.

Darryl Williams – Darryl is the other half of the course setting team. He spends countless hours researching ideas for target presentations and then spends hours more with Phil dragging machines around the course to make those targets fly. We can’t wait to see what Phil and he have planned for the new course.

Jim Tier — Last year, Jim singlehandedly tore down and rebuilt every single one of our older machines. He also provided all the routine machine maintenance and wired all the solar panels you see attached to all the batteries. Machine operations are soaring and broken bird counts are plummeting due to his efforts.

Eric White – Eric does everything 5-Stand: target setting, loading and cleaning. He also provides instruction at the range and is serving as the tournament director for the upcoming May Clays event. Periodically, he will post a ShotKam video with tips on his Facebook page.

Pictured together left to right:

Jeff McBride – Everyone, including us, needs a good handyman. Jeff will do any small or large job required to keep the range ready for action. Just one of his large jobs is maintenance of the three gators.

Steve Timm – Also known as “Torch,” Steve makes sure the range is kept woody-debris free including limbing or removing trees. He spearheaded the parking lot expansion, and built the gates and picnic tables.


Main photo courtesy of Amy Sandrin of Sandrin Studios. Visit her Facebook page for more information about Amy and her services.


Sporting Clay Team

Every month hundreds of volunteer hours are logged by a very dedicated team. Jim, Phil, Sarah, Eric, Bill, Darryl, Mike, Steve and Jeff are the core team for Sporting Clays. They provide a discipline for all of us to enjoy with course set ups, good working machines, instruction, lodge operations, site cleaning, project management and long list of accomplishments.

Each week I meet several people who are amazed at the progress that has been made since early spring. New traps, deck, storage area, expanded course, updated five stand, clean grounds, parking lots, gates and tens of items linked together. Each project completed is directly linked to club members who have donated time, materials, equipment and funding.

The success of Sporting Clays is dependent on the continued generosity of our members. I thank you all so much for encouraging the team to look to the future with enthusiasm. Be well – David

UPDATE – The Battery Charger Challenge

UPDATE: WE MADE IT TO WARP 13!

Donations from Jim Olsen, Dan Brosier, Jay Walsh and Larry Thaxton took us to the sun and beyond. The thirteen new batteries and solar panels may be hidden off in the trees but we’re all witnessing the improved shooting experience. Thank you to each and every one of you who accepted the challenge and took us beyond what we hoped for.


We need just a wee bit more power

Five folks accepted the challenge thrown out there by Jeff McBride, Phil Mitchell and Bill Cunningham bringing our total to 8 batteries.

Say thanks to Eric White, Mark Coursey, Steve Timm, Ken Tisher and David Riden.

Can you get us just two more?

A donation of $80 will buy the battery and solar panel combos we need to update the aging fleet. We currently need just two additional sets.

The Original Challengers