Ripon's Seth Otto, right, and Berlin’s Jackson Davey hold up a conference championship plaque. They tied for the top shooter, averaging 48.23 hit targets out of 50.
Ripon's Seth Otto, right, and Berlin’s Jackson Davey hold up a conference championship plaque. They tied for the top shooter, averaging 48.23 hit targets out of 50.

   Ripon and Berlin are rivals in most youth sports.

   But in one sport, they have combined to form an unstoppable team.

   The Berlin Conservation Club trapshooting team, which features youth from both cities, is the undefeated champion of the Kettle Moraine Trapshooting Conference for three seasons in a row.

   “Even though Ripon and Berlin are rivals at many sports, they really come together as one when it comes to trapshooting,” Berlin Conservation Club team coordinator Terri Otto said. “The kids blend very well.”

   The Berlin Conservation Club’s most recent title came late last month, when it won the conference shoot in Rome, Wis.
Terri Otto explained it shoots against 11 other teams in the North Division and then there are another 10 teams in the South Division.

   “When you shoot throughout your season, you shoot against your division,” she said. “But then when it comes to the state meet, or the final conference shoot, then all the teams meet at Rome. So we won ... both the regular season and state shoot for the North Division.”

   The Berlin Conservation Club also had the top-two shooters in the state as Ripon’s Seth Otto tied with Berlin’s Jackson Davey for the honor. They hit the clay target on average of 48.23 times out of 50.

Read the full story in the June 27, 2019 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.