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Nagel inducted into trap hall of fame

Fred Nagel achieved his sport's biggest honor, but that doesn't mean he is going to slow down anytime soon. The Mitchell native was inducted into the South Dakota Trapshooting Hall of Fame during the state shoot Sunday at the Mitchell Gun Club. "...

Fred Nagel achieved his sport's biggest honor, but that doesn't mean he is going to slow down anytime soon.

The Mitchell native was inducted into the South Dakota Trapshooting Hall of Fame during the state shoot Sunday at the Mitchell Gun Club.

"It is a big honor for me," Nagel said. "It is probably the biggest thing you can do in your sport, is get into the hall of fame. It means you are probably getting a little bit old, though."

Nagel, 52, began shooting at sanctioned trapshooting events in 1974 when he was 10. Nagel's father, Joe, first introduced him to the sport. His grandfather, Fred, and uncle, Bob, were also trapshooters.

Joe Nagel, who died in March, was inducted into the South Dakota Trapshooting Hall of Fame in 1999. Together, Joe and Fred are the only father and son to be inducted into the South Dakota Trapshooting Hall of Fame.

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"He was a good shot in his own right," Fred said about his father. "It was fun to see him get in, and 17 years later, now I am in."

Joe won multiple state trapshooting titles. Fred won his first championship at age 14 in the sub-junior singles division and was shooting from the 27-yard line, considered the toughest location in trapshooting, when he was just 15 years old. Fred has won more than 60 South Dakota state titles and has seven first-place finishes at the national level. He's a 17-time high overall champion in South Dakota, a 15-time high all-around champion and a five-time Diamond Badge winner at the state meet, which rewards top shooters at the 16-yard and handicap shooting events.

He was also a member of the South Dakota State Trapshooting Team that won the national team race four times. Team races are decided when the top five shooters from each state shoot 200 targets and the team closest to 1,000 targets-hit wins. Fred said the last time he was on the team, they scored 994.

What title means the most to him?

"Probably the doubles championship at the national shoot (in 1999)," Fred said. "That was probably the biggest thing that I have won."

During this past weekend's state shoot in Mitchell, Nagel won the 100 handicap singles. He also finished second in the 200 singles championship and in the high all-around.

Nagel, who is a painter for Nagel Painting and Decorating, was inducted into the hall of fame on Sunday morning during the last day of the state shoot. His picture will be placed on the wall at the state hall of fame in Sioux Falls. He will also have a picture placed on the wall at the Mitchell Gun Club.

The honor, however, does not mean he is done competing.

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"The nice thing about trapshooting is when you get put in the hall of fame, it is not the end of your career," he said. "You are still going. A lot of sports, when you get put in the hall of fame, you are going in because you are retired or you can't do it anymore competitively. Hopefully, I have got another 20 or 30 state titles to win."

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