Enrolling in Northeast Iowa Community College’s (NICC) Ag Business and Beef Science Technology programs was the logical decision for Andrea Baumler.
But joining the Sports Shooting team sealed the deal.
“By attending Northeast Iowa Community College, I could stay close to home, and the College has the best ag programs around. Why go anywhere else?” Baumler said. “Then I was looking into other schools to do trap shooting and heard that the College was starting a team; that got me to enroll at NICC ‘hook, line and sinker’ right there.”
Baumler quickly became a standout athlete on the team, placing 2nd in the individual female competition at the Iowa Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) State of Iowa Collegiate Championships. Her performance at the state contest is the culmination of years of practice. Baumler started competitive trap shooting when her father, Steve Baumler, loaned her an old Remington 870 to try during her first year at Turkey Valley High School.
“I started competing when I was a sophomore. I had never even shot a gun before,” Baumler laughed. “At the first practice, I only hit eight birds. By junior year, I was much better. That first year there were only three girls on the team, and when I graduated there were 10 – 15 girls – and I could beat the guys.”
Andrea encourages male and female athletes to join the College’s team, which was formed in fall 2015. “You have to have the right mindset. Sports shooting really is a mental sport,” she said.