PREP TRAP SHOOTING: Marshall’s Nick Atcher signs letter of intent for trap shooting at Iowa Central Community College

Photo by Sam Thiel Marshall’s Nick Atcher signs his national letter of intent as his parents look on to compete at Iowa Central Community College for trap shooting.

MARSHALL - With a quick scribble of the pen, the next step to Nick Atcher’s athletic career was complete. He also made a little history in the process.

Surrounded by his family, teammates and coaches, the Marshall senior became the first Tiger trap shooter to sign at the collegiate level, as Atcher will be competing at Iowa Central Community College in Fort Dodge, Iowa next fall.

Atcher said it was a surreal moment to see this day finally come.

“It’s pretty surreal because when I started shooting, I never thought anything like this would happen,” Atcher said. “It’s just amazing.”

Atcher added it’s special to be the first trap shooter at MHS to sign to compete collegiately after being one of the first athletes in the program.

“It’s huge. I was one of the kids that started in seventh grade the first year and I’m one of the first kids to finish the program through all six years,” Atcher said. “It feels pretty good to be the first one.”

That experience with the Tigers has paid off. Atcher has earned several honors with Marshall, including SMSU shootout junior champion in 2016, Minnesota Youth Shotgun Association high overall Male and Junior winner in 2018 and was named to the Minnesota Trap Shooting Association second place junior team in 2018 and the Minnesota AIM All-State junior team this year. Atcher has also helped Marshall take home the Big South Conference championship in 2018 and a state tournament appearance last season.

Atcher added it was a long process, but what drew him to the Tritons was their strong program as well as the proximity of the campus.

“They have a good shooting program and it’s not that far from home but we’re close to family down there too, so it’s a good fit,” Atcher said. “They’ve got a good campus as well.”

The ICCC sports shooting program, which started in 2014, has been very successful over the past few years, winning the national championship in 2017 and 2018 as well as a SCTP conference championship the last three seasons.

Atcher said his coaches and teammates have had a big impact on him and they’ve helped push him to the person he is today.

“My coaches have been amazing and they’ve always pushed me to do my best and have always asked me to do whatever I can,” Atcher said. “My parents have helped me through everything and without them, I wouldn’t be here.”

Before he takes aim for the Tritons this fall, Atcher still has one final season with the Tiger trap shooting team. He said he’s looking forward to competing with his teammates one more time and seeing if they can make a repeat trip to state.

“Just shooting my best and seeing if we can go to state again,” Atcher said. “Last year was our first time, so hopefully we make it back.”