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State Clay Target Tournament: Alexandria team is 10th

Sam Pederson waited his turn to compete during last weekend's State High School Clay Target Competition at the Alexandria Shooting Park. (Raeshel Betterman, Echo Press)

St. Michael-Albertville captured championship honors in the State High School Clay Target Competition Sunday at the Alexandria Shooting Park, while Hasting was second and Hopkins was third.

Alexandria finished in a tie for 10th place while Brandon was 16th. Parkers Prairie also competed.

Leading the Alexandria contingent was Tyler Floding with a 95, with Patrick McGaffey of Brandon also shooting a 95. Logan Nibbe led Parkers Prairie with an 87.

"They shot very well," Alexandria coach Scott Green said. "Last year there was a little more than 50 teams and we finished fifth. This year, there was 115 teams and we ended up 10th, so we ended up the same as we did last year percentage wise."

Alexandria varsity shooters battled steady rains during both the morning and afternoon shoots on Sunday. Varsity male high-gun honors went to Brendan McCabe of Hastings with a 98, while Quinn Rohweder of Hopkins was second and Jona Friesen of Detroit Lakes was third.

Varsity female high gun went to Emma Olson of St. Michael-Albertville with Ellen Peterson of Simly second and Jenna Jahnke of Stillwater third.

Alexandria's Kimberly Wilkins was the junior varsity female high gun after busting 91 out of 100 targets for an Alexandria JV team that finished 25th on Saturday. The varsity female high-gun was a 95. Wilkins' finish would have been good for second on Sunday in just her first year shooting.

"That's how good she shot," Green said. "She really shot well. She hit seven out of 25, that's what she started at this spring, and she ended up peaking really nice."




TEAM RESULTS - 1. St. Michael-Albertville 483, 2. Hastings 481, 3. Hopkins 475, 4. Prior Lake 473, 5. Jordan 472, 6. St. Francis 471, 7. Worthington, 8. Rogers 469, 9. Wayzata 467, 10. Alexandria and Elk River 463 ... 16. Brandon 457, Parkers Prairie 373.

TOP INDIVIDUAL - Brendan McCabe, Hastings, 98.

ALEXANDRIA RESULTS - Tyler Floding 95, Chris Jorud 93, John Steen 93, Andrew Rentschler 92, Taylor Esbjornsson 90, Gavin Greengo 88, Mitchell Paulson 88, Sam Pederson 88, Cody Parkin 87, Brian Krebs 86, Hunter Kusmak 86, Austin Yutrzenka 83, Aaron Steidl 81, Kerri Wilkins 80, Eric Noetzelman 79, Chad Peterson 79, Kyle Elfring 78.

BRANDON RESULTS - Patrick McGaffey 95, Cody Lund 92, Colton Sherman 91, Christian McGaffey 90, Kyle Nelson 89, William Schroeder 83.

PARKERS PRAIRIE RESULTS - Logan Nibbe 87, Mason Nibbe 87, Samuel Marshall 77, Hunter Haggenmiller 69, Nolan Hart 53.