Ross Johnson photo Members of the White Pine Claybreakers shooting club practice at the Steptoe Valley trap range.

Ross Johnson photo
Members of the White Pine Claybreakers shooting club practice at the Steptoe Valley trap range.

On a cold, windswept afternoon about a dozen youth aged 10 to 18 gathered at the Steptoe Valley Trap Club to practice their shooting. White Pine Claybreakers president and head coach Kris Stork stood behind a row of five of them at a time, activating the trap machine that slung their clay pigeon targets.

Stork and her son used to shoot with a club in Spring Creek before starting one in White Pine county.

“I traveled back and forth for a year,” Stork said.

Stork is a National Rifle Association and USA Youth Education in Shooting Sports certified coach. This week, they trained for an approaching competition in Twin Falls, Idaho. There is also a tri-state competition in April and state shoot in May, both in Spring Creek. She took six kids to the national competition in San Antonio last year. 20 youth total, including six girls, make up the team.

Tyler Whipple and D. J. Hamilton, both 16, also act as junior assistant coaches.