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Target shooting: Alexandria will host the Minnesota high school state clay target championships

Alexandria will be the site of the state tournament for the Minnesota State High School Clay Target League (MSHSCTL) in June.

The Alexandria Shooting Park will host the tournament June 9-10, when individual and team champions will be recognized.

The Minnesota State High School Clay Target League announced that 57 teams representing 100 schools and 1,500 student athletes are participating in the 2012 season.

Students were trap shooting weekly in April and May at shooting ranges across the state of Minnesota.

"This is the fifth consecutive year that our league has doubled in teams, schools and athlete numbers," said Jim Sable, executive director of the Minnesota State High School Clay Target League.

MSHSCTL's program attracts students in grades 6-12 to participate in shooting sports while creating a "virtual" competition among high schools throughout Minnesota. Shooting practices and competition are conducted at a shooting range near the school's location. A true team scoring system is used in three shooting performance categories - top score, top five scores and team average score.

The numbers of athletes on a team are used to define the eight different conferences that teams compete within. Scores are submitted and posted on the league's website and compared with other schools' performances to determine the earned points for a team.

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