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State trap shooting: Alexandria finishes sixth out of top 40 teams, while Braydon Englund leads B-E in individual tournament

Minnewaska's Dustin Peterson shoots a 98 to tie for ninth individually.

Alexandria's Daniel Townsend shoots at the Class 7A championship in Alexandria on June 20, 2021. Townsend shot a 97 out of 100 at the state tournament at the Minneapolis Gun Club on June 25 to lead his five-person team to a sixth place finish out of the top 40 programs in the state. (Eric Morken / Echo Press)

The Alexandria trap shooting program finished its 2021 spring season as the sixth best team in the Minnesota State High School Clay Target League.

Alexandria qualified for the Minnesota State High School League’s state tournament on June 25 at the Minneapolis Gun Club by shooting a 480 out of a possible 500 during the Class 7A shoot in Alexandria on June 20.

On Friday, Daniel Townsend led Alexandria by busting 97 out of 100 clays at the state tournament. Devin Dummer (96), Blake Erickson (96), Erik Knight (94) and Cody Lea (95) were the other four shooters for Alexandria as they combined for a five-person score of 478.

Red Wing won the state championship with a 484. Tri-City United was second (483), Alden-Conger (482) was third, Prior Lake (480) fourth and New Prague rounded out the top five teams with a 479.

The top 92 students by their regular-season average also shot in the individual state tournament on Friday. Dummer and Knight both qualified for that as Dummer finished tied for 20th overall with a 96. Knight wrapped up his career in this program by shooting a 95 in the individual tournament to tie for 30th.


Brandon-Evansville well represented

The Brandon-Evansville trap shooting program had six students qualify for the individual state tournament after standout regular seasons put them in the top 100.

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Brandon-Evansville's Braydon Englund shoots at the Class 3A championship in Alexandria on June 16, 2021. Englund led six students from Brandon-Evansville at state with a 97 that tied him for 14th place overall in that individual state tournament. (Lowell Anderson / Echo Press)

Braydon Englund led B-E at state with a 97 that tied him for 14th place overall. Kyle Schaffran, the lone senior of B-E’s six shooters at state, tied for 20th with a 96.

Hunter Koep (93) tied for 49th, Spencer Olson (91) tied for 62nd, Riley Bitzan (88) tied for 82nd and Chase Holtberg (84) finished 90th.

Minnewaska’s Peterson ninth

Minnewaska’s Dustin Peterson wrapped up his standout season by tying for ninth at the individual state shoot.

Peterson busted 98 out of 100 clays. That tied him with eight other shooters who hit that mark. Boone Johnson of South St. Paul and Bradley Bible of Becker both shot perfect 100s to finish as the individual champions.


Eric Morken is a sports and outdoor editor at the Echo Press Newspaper in Alexandria, Minnesota, a property of the Forum News Service. Morken covers a variety of stories throughout the Douglas County area, as well as statewide outdoor issues.
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