St. Michael-Albertville, New Prague’s Woodrow Glazer reign at state high school shooting tournament

(Photos courtesy of the Minnesota State High School Clay Target League)

St. Michael-Albertville captured the team championship in the 2017 Minnesota State High School League’s Clay Target State Tournament on Saturday, June 24 at the Minneapolis Gun Club in Prior Lake.

In winning the fourth annual tournament, presented jointly with the Minnesota State High School Clay Target League, the Knights compiled a score of 480 (out of 500) in the 40-team field.

Hibbing was second at 474 and Blaine was third at 470. Rounding out the top five were Delano, fourth with 469, and Apple Valley, fifth at 467. Apple Valley had the highest score during team qualifying at Alexandria a few days prior to Saturday’s shoot.

Junior Lane Berning led the Knights with a perfect score of 100, with scores of 50 in both of his sessions. The Knights are coached by Scott Berning.

In the separate individual shoot, which was delayed because of weather, New Prague sophomore Woodrow Glazer was one of the early finishers in the competition. He sat atop the leaderboard with a perfect score of 100, and as it turned out, no one could catch him.

Glazer, who finished 10th in the 2016 MSHSL state tournament, saw five competitors end just behind him at 99. After the reverse-run tie-breaking criteria was applied, Alexandria sophomore Jeremy Knight finished second with a reverse-run of 98.

Berning was among those who scored a 99 in the individual competition, and finished third with a reverse-run of 49. He was followed by Knights teammate Cody Schoen, a senior, with a reverse-run of 42. Blaine’s Jesse Groen and Brandon-Evansville’s Jake Nohre rounded out the group of finishers at 99.

Lakeville South teammates Zac Olson and Jake Johnson finished seventh and eighth, respectively. The top eight finishers were selected to the Mills Fleet Farm Top Gun All-State Team.

Saturday’s tournament was the culmination of a Minnesota State High School League clay target season that saw 11,300 individuals and 345 teams participate. The tournament followed on the heels of the Minnesota State High School Clay Target League Championship at the Alexandria Shooting Park. The nine-day tournament, which also served as a qualifier for Saturday’s tourney, drew more than 7,500 shooters and 300 teams and is regarded as the world’s largest shooting sport event.

– Minnesota State High School League

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