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Alexandria sophomore John Steen led his team, connecting on 49 of 50 targets in week three and 50 of 50 targets in week four.

Alexandria clay target team takes over first in conference

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Sweeping all 24 points in week four competition, the Alexandria clay target team moved into sole possession of the 9A Conference lead with one week of action remaining.

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"It's a very good place to be with only one week of competition left," said coach Scott Green, "just three points ahead of second place McGregor."

Of the 31 shooters on the squad, 18 set personal bests: Noah Berglin, Chandler Davis, Taylor Esbjornsson, Shane Gibbons, Sam Goetsch, Chris Jorud, Brian Krebs, Landon Niska, Cody Parkin, Mitchell Paulson, Caleb Petty, Cole Reisdorf, Andrew Rentschler, John Steen, Aaron Steidl, Cole Wild, Kerri Wilkins and Kimberly Wilkins.

"It's exciting for the athletes to see this kind of improvement," said their coach. "The team, as a whole, recorded the highest top gun score, 50 out of 50 busted. The highest top performer's average score statewide was 45.21 of 50 and the highest team average statewide [was] 40.72 of 50."

Steen again led the conference once again, busting 50 of 50 targets, while Esbjornsson and Goetsch each hit 25 of 25 targets.

Cardinal shooters making the top 25 average list of the 3,400 shooters in the league were Kerri Wilkins, Steen, Rentschler, Krebs and Tyler Floding.

There is just one more week of regular competition before the state tournament, which will be held in Alexandria at the Alexandria Shooting Park June 7-9.

WEEK 3

The Alexandria high school trap team finished a close second in week three and was tied with McGregor for the overall 9A Conference lead heading into week four.

Sophomore John Steen set the tone as he was the conference high gun. Steen busted 49 of 50 targets and powdered 25 straight at one point.

"We also had five athletes make the weekly average top 25 in week three," coach Chris Rentschler said, "which is great as there are 3,400 athletes competing this year."

Captains Andrew Rentschler and Brian Krebs, along with Steen, Kerri Wilkins and Tyler Floding earned that honor. That depth will try to be the difference as Alexandria searches to break a tie with McGregor in the 9A Conference as the season winds down. Both schools were tied with 66.5 points after week three.

"Just a few hit or missed targets in the next two weeks will determine who will end up on top of the conference," C. Rentschler said. "Our team is very capable and competitive, and I believe the team will step up to the line and will better their team average scores."

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