(Duluth, Minn.) – Lake Superior College's co-ed clay target team has clinched their division and conference championship for the fourth year in a row. The LSC IceHawks finished the regular season last week and the Minnesota College Athletic Conference (MCAC) has announced that the Lake Superior College IceHawks are once again division and conference champions. The four top female shooters in the conference were all LSC IceHawks and two of the top ten men were also from Lake Superior College.
Lake Superior College launched the co-ed clay target program in the fall of 2017 and hired head coach George Pappas, who has led the team to conference championships each year of the program. This year was unique in the sense that Clay Target was the only athletic program allowed to compete at Lake Superior College as the MCAC cancelled the soccer and basketball seasons due to COVID-19, and the LSC Cycling team was also sidelined due to COVID related travel restrictions. Clay target was allowed to continue, but with safety restrictions in place and all teams had to compete virtually using social-distancing, contact free environments and other safety precautions.
The IceHawks will wrap up their season today as they compete in the MCAC Championship Tournament, against all qualifying colleges in the MCAC league. For the first time in league history, the championships are being conducted virtually, meaning all schools are shooting at their home ranges and submitting their scores electronically. The LSC IceHawks will begin the tournament today at noon at Proctor Jack Meade Gun Club, 5329-, 5397 US-2, Duluth, MN 55810. Coach George Pappas expects to have scores submitted by 2 pm and the conference will announce results on October 15.
"I'm just really proud of this team for enduring through such a unique season," said head coach George Pappas. "Proud to say LSC is the 2020 Conference Champs, for the fourth year in a row."
"All of us at Lake Superior College are really proud of the student-athletes on the Clay Target team and Coach Pappas," said Daniel Fanning, Vice President of Advancement and External Relations who serves as the administrator of LSC Athletics. "We're not only proud of their success on the range, but we're equally as proud of their success in the classroom and in the community. They have adjusted so well to the uncertainty caused by COVID and have continued the tradition of excellence at LSC. They've maintained good grades, good attendance and positive attitudes, all while winning another conference championship."