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Trap shooting: State championships coming to Alexandria again June 13-21

Douglas County area programs will compete for class titles at the Alexandria Shooting Park after eight local individuals wrapped up all-state honors through the regular season.

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Alexandria's Devin Dummer shoots at the Alexandria Shooting Park during the 2021 Minnesota State High School Clay Target League’s trap shooting championship. Dummer was the top shooter by overall season average among Douglas County area teams as he finished with a 24.3 average out of a possible 25 to earn all-state honors through the regular season.
Eric Morken / Alexandria Echo Press
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ALEXANDRIA — The Alexandria Shooting Park will once again host an event marketed as the world’s largest shooting sport event as students from more than 340 schools take part in the Minnesota State High School Clay Target League’s trap shooting championship June 13-21.

Nearly 7,900 student-athletes across nine different class levels are expected to take part. The smallest programs at the Class A level will start the championship on June 13, with each next largest class running in succession on the following day until the Class 9A programs wrap up the championship on June 21. The full schedule for each day can be found at the league’s trap shooting championship website.

Osakis will kick things off among teams from the Douglas County area. They compete in the Class 2A field and will shoot from Trap 3A starting at 10:30 a.m. on June 14.

Brandon-Evansville shoots from Trap 4B in the Class 3A field at 8:30 a.m. on June 15. West Central Area also competes that morning from Trap 3A at 8:30, while Ashby is on Trap 2A and Minnewaska is on Trap 6B at that same time.

Parkers Prairie shoots in the Class 5A competition on June 17 from Trap 7A at 8:30 a.m. Alexandria competes in the Class 7A championship on June 19 starting at 10:30 a.m. from Traps 6B and 7A.

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The Minnesota State High School Clay Target League recently announced its all-state members for students who posted the top overall averages for the spring trap season. Brady Plattner of Big Lake had the highest overall average with a 24.9 out of a possible 25 clays.

Alexandria’s Devin Dummer earned all-state honors with a 24.3 average, good for 12th highest overall.

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Brandon-Evansville's Riley Bitzan takes aim during the 2021 Minnesota State High School Clay Target League’s trap shooting championship at the Alexandria Shooting Park. Bitzan busted 24.2 out of a possible 25 for a regular-season average during the 2022 spring trap season. He was one of five student-athletes to finish with all-state honors from Brandon-Evansville.
Lowell Anderson / Alexandria Echo Press

Other all-state shooters for Douglas County area program included Riley Bitzan (Brandon-Evansville, 24.2), Braydon Englund (Brandon-Evansville, 24.1), Chase Holtberg (Brandon-Evansville, 23.9), Spencer Olson (Brandon-Evansville, 23.9), Hunter Koep (Brandon-Evansville, 23.8), Nicolas Witt (Alexandria, 23.7), and Cody Lea (Alexandria, 23.5).

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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