Brownells hosted the William Penn University shotgun team on Wednesday, April 12 to celebrate their second consecutive NCSSAA National Championship at the Division IV level.
The Oskaloosa, Iowa Statesmen claimed their last national title in March in Las Vegas, Nevada, besting 10 other teams with 1423 clay plates out of a possible perfect score of 1500 on Skeet, Trap and Sporting Clays combined.
Midland University and Concordia University, both located in Nebraska, finished in second and third place respectively in the 2023 national championship.
Back-to-back national titles in any college sport are impressive, but achieving it in just the third year of a team’s existence is a feat rarely equaled at any level of competition.
“This group of young adults is amazing, both in the classroom and on the field,” said Steve Heaton, head coach of Men’s and Women’s Shotgun Sports at William Penn. “The drive and passion they have for the task ahead is indescribable. They do the best they can in everything.”
“It’s been awesome to see so many of these young men and women hone their skills through our local school shooting teams to become collegiate national champions,” Brownells CEO Pete Brownell said. “Many of the 2022 and 2023 William Penn D IV shotgun champions are from communities that Brownells employees and family members call home.”
Included on the winning list are Jarrett DeKoning and Liam Saunders of Grinnell, Iowa, Dryden DeKoning of Newton, Iowa, and Noah Seeley, Carver Van Zee and Dominick Ver Meer of Pella, Iowa.
In total, 17 of the 33 shotgun shooters listed by William Penn hail from the Hawkeye State.
Statesmen frequently practice at the Big Springs Shooting Complex in Searsboro, Iowa. Owned by the Brownell family, Big Springs offers Trap and Skeet, as well as 5 Stalls, and frequently hosts practices and games for youth and high school shotgun sports of the area.
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