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Trap shooting championship: Chargers 12th among 2A field

Brandon-Evansville's Michael Schroeder takes aim at a target during Tuesday's Class 2A championship shoot at the Alexandria Shooting Park. Schroeder was tied for 11th out of nearly 12,000 shooters in the Minnesota State High School Clay Target League this season with an average of 24.3 out of a possible 25. (Eric Morken / Echo Press)1 / 3
Brandon-Evansville's Nicholas Thorstad takes aims at a clay target during Tuesday's championship shoot in Alexandria. (Eric Morken / Echo Press)2 / 3
Brandon-Evansville's Alena Shores shoots during Tuesday's championship meet. Shores was B-E's top female shooter this spring through the regular season with a 17.2 average. (Eric Morken / Echo Press)3 / 3

The Brandon-Evansville trap shooting team knows where it stands among Class 2A competitors. Now it will await its fate to see if the season is extended.

The Chargers shot with hundreds of other athletes from 36 programs on Tuesday in Alexandria and finished 12th in their class with a 454 out of a possible 500 score. There are nine competitive classes in the league this year, and the top 40 teams regardless of classification from this year’s entire championship shoot will make the state tournament on June 22 in Prior Lake. The championship in Alexandria runs through June 19, so teams that shoot early have a while to wait before seeing if they qualify.  

“With the scores we’re pulling, I think we can maybe get in there,” B-E’s Michael Schroeder said after the morning round. “A lot of the young kids are shooting really good today, so hopefully.”

Schroeder was not just one of the Chargers’ top shooters all season, but one of the league’s top shooters out of nearly 12,000 competitors. His season average of 24.3 out of a possible 25 left him tied for 11th out of the top 100 individuals.

On Tuesday, Schroeder shot a 44 in his first round but bounced back with a 47 in round two to post a 91. He was a top 100 shooter last year, and has been able to shoot even more consistently this year to climb the ranks.

“Just rhythm,” Schroeder said of his progress. “Do the same thing every time. I’m more experienced. I feel like I’ve been shooting a lot better. The more you shoot, the better you get.”

Schroeder was the top shooter in B-E’s conference this regular season and not far behind was sophomore teammate Trevor Peterson in third (23.4). Peterson shot an 83 during Tuesday’s championship.

“I shoot a lot of shotgun with hunting, but this is my first year doing trap,” he said. “I liked it. It was something to do in the spring.”

Team scores for each program are comprised of the top five shooters in novice, junior varsity and varsity divisions. Brandon-Evansville’s varsity team had four of five scores in the 90s as Nicholas Thorstad led the way on Tuesday with a 92 after rounds of 44 and 48. Gaven Jacobson (47, 44) and Brandon Merritt (48, 43) joined Schroeder in shooting a 91 and Tanner Bitzan rounded out the scoring with an 89.

The league is filled with some great shooters who will make it difficult for B-E to finish among the top 40 overall with a 454.

Spring Grove High School won the varsity 2A title with a 475. They were led by George Boyd V who won the individual title with a 98 out of 100. That was tied with three others, but Boyd’s reverse run of 76 earned him the tie-breaker.

Eric Morken

Eric Morken is the sports and outdoor editor at the Echo Press and Osakis Review newspapers in Douglas County, MN. Follow him on Twitter at echo_sports.

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