State clay target tournament: Alexandria fifth, Brandon-Evansville 20th, Parkers Prairie 38thAlexandria hosted its first high school state trap shooting tournament at the Alexandria Shooting Park.
By: Eric Morken, Alexandria Echo Press
The Alexandria trap shooting team took fifth place at its home shooting park on Sunday as more than 900 high school shooters competed in the Minnesota State Trap Shooting tournament.
The team from Jefferson High School finished with a total team score of 466. St. Michael-Albertville won the state title with a 483. New Prague was second at 474 and Prior Lake rounded out the top three with a 468.
“I think we did good,” senior co-captain Allison Lundsetter said. “We had worked really hard to get to that point and having it be our first year and having 57 teams [in the state], I think fifth is great for us.”
Alexandria finished with two shooters in the top 20 individually. Tyler Floding busted 97 out of 100 targets to lead his team, while Brian Krebs was not far behind with 96. John Steen powdered 95 and Alexandria co-captain Andrew Rentschler finished with 93. Cody Parkin (85) and Lundsetter (78) rounded out the Alexandria shooters. Team scores are comprised of the top five scores from each school.
The state tournament featured three different divisions with varsity, junior varsity and novice competitors all getting an opportunity to compete against the top shooters in their field. Zach Warweg of New Prague finished with the male and overall high gun after being the only competitor to bust 99 targets. Tyler Ellison of St. Michael-Albertville and Hunter Emmerich of St. Francis were second and third, respectively at 98.
KayCee Nelson of White Bear Lake was the top female competitor after busting 98 clays. Emma Olson of St. Michael-Albertville and Jenna Jahnke of Stillwater took second and third, respectively.
Brandon and Parkers Prairie also had teams competing in the state shoot as Brandon took 20th overall with a team score of 446 and Parkers Prairie finished 38th with a score of 382. Patrick McGaffey led Brandon with a 93. William Schroeder busted 91 clays and O’Ryan Bosek powdered 89 to round out the top three for their team. For complete individual results from the state shoot visit www.mnclaytarget.com.
Clay target shooting is one of the fastest growing sports in the state among high school students. The Minnesota State High School Clay Target League started 11 years ago and has grown to a total of 57 teams representing 100 different schools. Around 1,500 student-athletes competed this season.
Alexandria had a strong first year in the league, winning a conference title before the fifth-place finish at state. Lundsetter was the top female gun in a 1A Conference that consisted of teams from Brandon, Holy Family Catholic-Victoria, Glenville-Emmons, St. Paul Academy, Breck-Golden Valley, Paideia Academy-Apple Valley, Kingsland and Lake of the Woods. Steen was also the top male gun in the conference.
“It was [exciting],” Lundsetter said. “I think it was really exciting for the coaches too because they have been working with us from the beginning, working with us all these years. Then to see us competing and win the conference…they were really proud of us. All the coaches were really happy.”
Cindy Townsend, Tom Townsend, Scott Green and Lyle Bohnen all helped out in coaching Alexandria in its inaugural season.