June 17, 2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
2015 Minnesota State High School League's 2015 Trapshooting State Tournament is Saturday, June 20th, 2015
Buffalo returns to defend team championship;
Lundeen of Dassel-Cokato seeks second individual title
On Saturday, June 20, at the Minneapolis Gun Club in Prior Lake, several hundred of the best Minnesota high school trap shooters will be taking aim at the second State Clay Target Tournament for which the Minnesota State High School League is a presenting partner with the Minnesota State High School Clay Target League.
Based on the Clay Target League’s five-week regular season, 100 individuals will compete, separate from the team competition involving 31 teams of five and two alternates.
The 31 teams are separated into five classes based on the number of athletes participating on each team. The teams qualified June 11-16 at the Clay Target League’s championship in Alexandria. Ten teams in Class A: Ashby, Battle Lake, Brandon-Evansville, Breckenridge, Milaca, St. Louis Park, Southland of Adams, Tartan of Oakdale, and Wabasha-Kellogg. The Blake School of Minneapolis also qualified in Class A, but will not be competing. Six teams in Class AA: Buffalo, Detroit Lakes, Walker-Hackensack-Akeley, LeSueur-Henderson, Medford, and Worthington. Five teams in Class AAA: Belle Plaine, Coon Rapids, East Grand Forks, Hopkins, and Jordan. Four teams in Class AAAA: Big Lake, Hibbing, St. Francis, and Waconia. Three teams in Class AAAAA: Monticello, St. Michael-Albertville, and Delano. Three teams in Class AAAAAA: Lakeville South, New Prague, and Fairmont.
Saturday’s schedule begins with opening ceremonies at 8:30 a.m. and the team competition beginning at 9 a.m. The individual competition will begin at approximately 3 p.m.
Trap shooters stand 16 feet behind the structure from which the targets are randomly thrown into the air within an arc of no less than 17 degrees and no more than 27 degrees either side of the center of the structure known as the trap house. Athletes, one by one, activate the machine that throws the clay targets with their voice.
The activity is all-inclusive and participants may be male or female or physically challenged. All participants are required to obtain a state Firearm Safety Training Certificate.
CONTACT: Craig Perry (763-569-0482 or cperry@MSHSL.org)
Read the archived coverage of the league and championship provided by Outdoor News during the 2014 season here
The Bison of Buffalo return in search of their second consecutive team title. They have three members with previous state tournament experience and are led by Max Hartman’s average of 24.2.
Monticello and St. Michael-Albertville, which placed second and third in 2014, respectively, also return teams to this year’s event. Hunter Hedtke leads Monticello with an average of 23.9 and Adam Wnuk paces St. Michael-Albertville with an average of 24.1.
Read Outdoor News coverage of the Buffalo team from the 2014 season here
The average scores for the 100 students competing for individual honors range from 23.0 to 24.8, the mark held by Kory Miller of Apple Valley. Those averages are based on 25 targets per round. For the state tournament, each athlete will shoot four rounds of 25 targets for a potential perfect score of 100.
Gust Lundeen of Dassel-Cokato returns to defend his 2014 title. He won with a score of 99 last year and averages 23.5 this year. Seven additional qualifiers who placed in the top nine finishers last year also return: Colton Sherman of Brandon-Evansville, Jona Friesen of Detroit Lakes, and Hunter Hedtke of Monticello, all tied for second; and Tyler Floding of Alexandria, Wade Gammell of St. Michael-Albertville, Cole Wahlstrom of Stillwater Area, and Max Bunning of Wayzata, all tied for ninth.
Mills Fleet Farm® Announced as Presenting Sponsor
Mills Fleet Farm is proud to be a presenting sponsor of the State Clay Target Tournament. Mills Fleet Farm will also select the Top Gun All-State Team.
Mills Fleet Farm has been a family-owned full-service supplier for life, work, home and recreation since 1955. Mills Fleet Farm is based in Brainerd, Minn. and Appleton, Wis., with 35 retail locations in Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Dakota and Iowa and online at fleetfarm.com.
“Our company was built on the values of honesty, integrity, hard work, service and loyalty to our customers, and we believe this relationship with the Minnesota State High School League fits well with our commitment to meeting the outdoor needs of Minnesota families,” said Sherry Szadziewicz, marketing and advertising manager for Mills Fleet Farm. “We are excited about this new corporate sponsorship.”