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Busting their way to state

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Brandon-Evansville’s Jake Nohre takes aim at a clay target during the morning shoot of the Class A championship. (Eric Morken/Echo Press)2 / 4
Will Schroeder takes aim at the Alexandria Shooting Park.3 / 4
Team members include (front, left to right) McKenon Plaster, Jake Nohre, Chris Johnson and Colton Sherman. Back, left to right is coach Dave Gebhardt, Schroeder, Jordan Lund, Cody Lund, Christian McGaffey, Pat McGaffey and coach Cheryl Gebhardt.4 / 4

The Brandon-Evansville high school trapshooting team rose to the challenge of facing off against the best Class A programs in the state last Friday on the opening day of the Minnesota State High School Clay Target League’s 2014 championship.

The reward for the Chargers is now a trip to the state tournament at the Minneapolis Gun Club this weekend. Brandon-Evansville finished third as a team on the varsity level with a total score of 463. That was just one off of second-place Worthington, while Buffalo took home the Class A title with a score of 474.

Jake Nohre led the way for the Chargers as he powdered 96 out of 100 clays at the championship. Nohre finished as the eighth highest male gun in the entire Class A field of hundreds of shooters.

Colton Sherman was right behind him with a 95. That was good for 15th individually. Patrick McGaffey busted 94 clays. William Schroeder was next with a 90, Cody Lund had an 88, Chris Johnson shot an 85, Jordan Lund an 81, McKenon Plaster a 79 and Christian McGaffey a 78.

The Chargers did a good job of blocking out the pressure of shooting at the biggest event of the season. The 2014 championship was the largest youth trapshooting tournament in the world with a total of 3,948 high school age athletes registered to shoot. The five-day event was expected to draw nearly 15,000 people to the local shooting park.

Alexandria shot on Tuesday with the rest of the 5A field. That was after this issue of the Echo Press went to print, so the Cardinals’ results will be in next week’s issue.

Brandon-Evansville took third at the Class A championship out of a field that featured a total of 66 teams from across the state. Now the Chargers will try to add to an already memorable season at the 2014 state tournament, which is set for this Saturday at the Minneapolis Gun Club.

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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