Between July 12-15, Maas was one of 1,400 of the nation’s premier youth clay target student athletes com- peting for the title of National Champion. This is the first and only event where the best USA high school clay target league participants nationwide compete at the same venue. Maas’ accomplishment is even more notable as over 30,000 high school athletes are involved in trap shooting nationwide while only 1400 were able to shoot at the National Championship.
2018 marked the first ever High School National Championship for Clay Target Shooting.
“This Championship was the defining moment of my high school athletics career. I was blessed to be able to compete at a national level in the sport I love,” said Maas.
Maas developed his interest in clay target shooting early.
“My family played a vital role in my love for shooting trap. I was introduced to shooting sports at a young age by my parents. They both had competed in shooting sports and I have always pushed to be a great shooter like them. I also grew a desire for success as I had much practice competing against my two older brothers. My whole family helped me progress to the shooter I am today.”
Maas placed in the top 600 shooters at the National Championship despite external circumstances including a broken gun (he fortunately had a replacement gun) and inclement weather conditions. However, he is proud of the opportunity to participate in the first ever National High School Championship.
“I am glad that shooting sports are expanding at the High School level and I am proud to have been an athlete in the High School Clay Target League.”
Maas will be a freshman at South Dakota State University in Brookings this fall, pursing a degree in biology. He is hoping to join the SDSU Intramural Trap Shooting team.