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Elmwood Schools ready to fire on Clay Target League

ELMWOOD--Cory Brathol believes he’s on the verge of something big. 

On Jan. 1, Brathol was named director of the Wisconsin State High School Clay Target League, a league in its first year in Wisconsin after seeing great success in Minnesota. 

“I was pretty pumped up about moving this into Wisconsin,” Brathol, who teaches physical education at Ellsworth Schools, explained. “With our history of outdoor heritage, we like our chances.

“There’s a tremendous amount of momentum exploding across the state for this,” he said. “Kids love being outdoors.” 

And one of those schools where the interest was high is in Elmwood, which held its first practice early last week at the Elmwood Rod and Gun Club. 

The school’s coach is Jeff Pickerign, who teaches FFA, tractor safety, coordinates the school forest and has taught hunter education over the years. 

“I was asked by (Superintendent) Mr. (Paul) Blanford to be the coach,” Pickerign said. “I was willing to help out wherever I can in this district.”

The school district held an informational open house at the end of February and 22 students (both boys and girls) signed up.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for our students in Elmwood,” Pickerign said. Brathol agrees, as a clay target league can fill a niche for students who love the outdoors, but are not great at athletics.   

The league is eligible for those in grades six through 12, but they must have their hunter safety license. 

Safety is the number one priority for state officials, followed by having fun and marksmanship. 

According to, since the USA High School Clay Target League, which will operate the Wisconsin league, was formed in 2001, there have been zero reported injuries and no gun-free school zone violations.  

For more please read the April 2 print version of the Herald. 

Jason Schulte

Jason Schulte is a reporter for the New Richmond News since February 2015. Prior to that he spent eight years at the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth. His duties with the News will include covering news out of Hammond and Roberts along with action from St. Croix County court system. He lives in Roberts. 

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