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Custer Sportsmen's Club

"Team Gotta"

Scholastic Steel Challenge

2011 Champions

 

 

Team Gotta was the fastest SSC team in the nation, 2011 season.

Team Gotta, 2011: Scholastic Steel Challenge Champions (time: 236.94 seconds)

From left, Ass. Coach Robin Taylor, Keith Neher, Kevin Green (alternate), Adam Thomas, Sean Hughen-Corio (team captain), Adam Rusling, Ben Huff (alternate), Head Coach Kim Gorham.

 

 

 

 

 

Above
 Adam Rusling

2011 World Speed Shooting Championship Junior Runner-Up (Rimfire).
(Age 17, Bellingham.)

2011 Wash. State Steel Challenge Junior Runner-Up (Centerfire, time: 161.89) 

Left
Sean Hughen-Corio

2011 World Speed Shooting Championship Junior Champion (Rimfire).

2011 Wash. State Steel Challenge Junior Champion (Centerfire, time: 146.34)
 (Age 17, Bellingham.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2011/2012 Team Captain, Keith Neher with his Open division trophy from the Wood & Steel Championships. Neher shot two guns that day, winning in Open, and helping Team Gotta set the SSC course record.

 

Ben Huff 1st place
Rimfire shoot-off Champion 
and helped Team Gotta set the SSC course record.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ben Huff and Assistant Coach Tim Huff shop the prize table at the

"Man of Steel" shoot in Portland, Oregon.

Head Coach Robin Taylor and team supporter Ed Eyman

Adam Rusling competing in the WA State Steel Challenge Championship.
 "The Duck" clamped to his head is a kind of team mascot (ask any team member for details).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

     Custer Sportsmen's Club is proud to support "Team Gotta" -- a National Championship-winning crew of junior shooters who compete in the "action" pistol sports. The team was originally organized to compete in Scholastic Steel Challenge (SSC) events in 2010 but has expanded its focus to include bowling pin, falling plate, and traditional Steel Challenge events spanning the Northwest.  

     Scholastic Steel Challenge focuses on middle- and high-school-age juniors, organized in 4-person squads. Most of the shooting sports do not recognize teams, so Team Gotta will typically field anywhere from three to six juniors at any given event.

    Team Gotta's season begins with the school year, focusing on training its new members, competing in local events, and raising funds. Once the school year ends, the season kicks into high gear. The team trains more intensely then, and travels to major events.

     Thanks to the generous support of various sponsors (Ranier Ballistics, Montana Gold Bullets, and Custer Sportsmen's Club) team members can qualify for an allotment of gunpowder, primers, and bullets -- which they are expected to fashion into 9mm ammunition with the assistance of one of the coaching staff, or family members with appropriate equipment and skills.

     Travel costs are similarly subsidized by participating in raffles, work parties, and other fundraisers.

     For 2012, the team is raising funds to support trips to the MGM Junior Camp in Parma, Idaho, the SSC Intercollegiate Nationals in Fort Benning, GA, and a range of smaller events staged in Washington and Oregon.

Volunteer Ethic:

     The team members help run the competitive events at Custer. Among other things, they act as the tear-down crew for Custer's Speed Steel matches, and put on the "Wood and Steel" championships in July. Individually, team members help produce everything from bowling pin matches to USPSA/IPSC events, depending on their particular interests. This kind of volunteerism combined with competition is highly encouraged.

     Team members are expected to attend a list of events at Custer during the year, along with scheduled practices (date and frequency varies). New members and seasoned competitors alike will shoot .22 rimfire pistols extensively, with the more senior members switching to centerfire 9mm pistols for designated events, depending on ability.

     Shooters interested in joining, or competing alongside Team Gotta are encouraged to contact 2011/2012 Head Coach Robin Taylor at (360) 391-1551, or robin@uspsa.org .

 

HISTORY:

     Team Gotta got its start in 2010, under then-head coach Kim Gorham. It rapidly became the highest-ranked SSC team in the nation, winning the overall title in 2011. Team Gotta's middle- and high-school age shooters came from the shooting families around Custer, bringing with them a blend of excellent coaching and material support. They defeated all comers in 2011, including all the intercollegiate teams (including one from Yale). Second-fastest that year was the Coast Guard Academy's Combat Arms Team.

2009/2010 Captain: David Nonhoff, Head Coach: Kim Gorham, Ass. Coach: Robin Taylor
2010/2011 Captain: Sean Hughen-Corio, Head Coach: Kim Gorham, Ass. Coaches: Robin Taylor, Tim Huff
2011/2012 Captain: Keith Neher, Head Coach: Robin Taylor, Ass. Coaches: Tim Huff, Kim Gorham

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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