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Trap shooting: Brandon-Evansville, Alexandria both qualify for the June 24 state tournament

Both local trap shooting programs were a part of the top 40 teams to come out of the nine-day championship shoot at the Alexandria Shooting Park.

Cody Lea
Alexandria's Cody Lea shoots a clay at the Class 7A championship competition at the Alexandria Shooting Park on June 19, 2022. Lea and his teammates qualified for the Minnesota State High School League state tournament on June 24 at the Minneapolis Gun Club by finishing 22nd overall from the entire nine-class championship competition in Alexandria. The top 40 teams from the championship advance to the state tournament.
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ALEXANDRIA — The Minnesota State High School Clay Target League’s nine-day trap shooting championship is in the books from Alexandria after Tuesday’s Class 9A shoot, and 40 teams will now advance to the Minnesota State High School League’s state tournament on June 24.

Prior Lake won the Class 9A team title on June 21 with a score of 481 out of a possible 500. Bemidji won the Class 8A title a day prior with a 485, while Alexandria won the Class 7A varsity championship on June 19.

The state tournament to determine a team and individual state champion will take place at the Minneapolis Gun Club in Prior Lake. The all-state individual finishers from the regular season by average, and the top-40 teams from the championship in Alexandria qualify for this final event.

Douglas County programs in Alexandria and Brandon-Evansville both qualified for the team tournament on Friday.

Brandon-Evansville shot a 481 during the Class 3A championship and finished 10th overall in the final scores. Alexandria shot a 477 and finished 22nd.


Teams will now choose five student-athletes to represent them at the state tournament in the team competition, along with sending two alternates to Prior Lake.

Wayzata won the overall team competition from the championship after shooting a 492. That was six better than second-place United South Central at 486. Bemidji (485), Princeton (483) and Blaine (483) rounded out the top five team scores.

The cut to make the top 40 was a score of 472. St. Cloud Cathedral was the final team making the state tournament from the championship.

The full list of top 40 teams can be found on the Minnesota State High School Clay Target League’s scoring website .

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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