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Trap shooting: Alexandria wraps up its season second at state

Alexandria's Erik Knight shoots at the championship in Alexandria on June 16. Knight led Alexandria in the team competition at the state tournament in Prior Lake on June 21 by busting 99 out of 100 clays. (Eric Morken / Echo Press)

The Alexandria trap shooting team went to the state tournament at the Minneapolis Gun Club on June 21 hoping to win a state title. It came close, ultimately finishing second overall.

Alexandria shot a 489 at the Class 7A championship on June 16. That was with the top-five scores being tallied from the entire team of nearly 60 shooters.

The state tournament, which takes the top 40 teams from the championship’s nine days in Alexandria, features just five shooters from each program competing for a title. That means all five shooters need to be on at the same time, and Alexandria did it as well as almost anyone with a 482 out of a possible 500 on Friday. Lakeville South and Hopkins also shot a 482 but lost a tiebreaker to Alexandria with Alexandria’s top two scores being 99 and 98.

Only New Prague with a 484 was better as they took home the overall state championship. Minnewaska also competed and finished 13th with a 469.

The shooters for Alexandria were Ford Allen-Opp, Tyler Burgess, Erik Knight, Jeremy Knight and Nicolas Witt. Erik Knight led Alexandria in the team tournament with a 99 out of 100. Burgess and J. Knight each shot a 98. Allen-Opp busted 96 clays and Witt finished with a 91.

Carson Tauber led the Minnewaska shooters with a 99. Brady Drewes shot a 97, Dustin Peterson had a 93 and Chase Boelke and Kaleb Drewes each shot 90’s. New Prague won the title by being consistent across the board with scores of 99, 97 and three 96’s.

Individual state tournament

The day at the Minneapolis Gun Club also featured the individual state tournament, where the top 102 shooters in the league based on regular-season averages squared off for a title.

Alexandria had four shooters in the field. Jeremy Knight tied for 15th with a 98, while Erik Knight was right behind him with a 97 to tie for 21st. Kallista Roers shot a 94 to tie for 52nd, and Witt shot a 91 that tied him for 76th.

Minnewaska’s Brady Drewes and Carson Tauber also competed in the individual tournament. Tauber shot a 97 to tie for 21st, and Drewes tied for 65th with a 93.

Woodrow Glazer of New Prague won the individual championship by being the only shooter with a perfect 100. Thirteen others finished with 99’s.

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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