New WHS trap coach leads team to conference championships


Whstrap1 The Wheatland High School trap team this year consisted of: (from left to right) Nolan Allen, Cooper Meyer, Tyler Bohnen, Kael Gudahl, Kreed Kuntz, Kurt Schiller head coach, Hunter Call, Jessie Graves, Izak Goodro, Aiden Megeath and Corinne Gaby. (Not pictured: Gabriel Haroldson, Megan Sagner, Matthew Wakkuri and Tyrell Weber) Assistant coaches: Steve Johnson and Tim Hanks. Whstrap2 Jessie Graves took first place WyHSRA State Finals Rodeo. She ended up the high overall 2023 Wyoming High School Rodeo Champion Trap Shooter. Whstrap 3 and 4 Kurt Schiller is the new WHS trap coach who has been in an assistant role with the kids for the past eight years. Schiller led his team to a conference championship and is taking the team to the State Shoot this weekend in Torrington.

WHEATLAND – The Wheatland High School trap team under new head coach Kurt Schiller took the conference championships in the 1A conference this past season with 1848 points.

This week the veteran marksman will lead his team to the State Shoot in Torrington.

Schiller was born in Fort Morgan, Colorado and moved to Wheatland after retirement.

“I was in business for over 40 years,” Schiller said. “We fished Glendo for years and I convinced my wife to go up and look at some houses in Glendo. She was kind of dead set against it because when she was younger, they showed horses and she hated to come to Wyoming because of the wind.”

After tracking weather in the foothills of Colorado, they found the wind patterns in Wheatland almost identical. The couple then made the decision to move to the Wheatland area and it was there that Schiller lost his wife, Phyllis.

“Me and the pooch, Sadie are kind of on our own up here now,” Schiller said.

Schiller is the president of the trap club in Wheatland and he’s helped out with the kids trap club for the past eight years.

“The gal that was running it (Angie Kernan) decided to step down,” Schiller said. “I was in so many words, coerced to take over the coaching job and I said, sure, I don’t have anything to do. I love to help them.  I did take the job quietly, though and agreed to it when the parents approached me, but I stated that they had to go by my rules.”