WDC trap team competes in inaugural MSHSL Clay Target Tournament
By Norm Gallant
The WDC Trap Team competed in the first-ever Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) Clay Target Tournament held at the Minneapolis Gun Club on Saturday, June 14. The Wolverine shooters qualified for the tournament with a 5th-place finish in the Class A portion of the Minnesota Clay Target League Championship in Alexandria on June 6.
Twenty-four teams from five classes represented schools from throughout the state at the MSHSL shoot. No distinction was made at the tournament based on school or team size. The Wolverines battled heavy rain, cold and high winds during their 11:30 flight. Jacob Goeden and Blaine Cooper led the way for the Wolverines with 88 out of 100 birds hit. WDC finished with 416 targets out of 500 to finish in 22nd place.
Coach Mike Kenney noted that the conditions were extremely difficult for the later flights in the team competition. The top 13 scores were all teams that shot in the first two flights, prior to the wind and rain picking up. Buffalo won the team competition with 489 targets shattered while Monticello hit 483 birds and St. Michael Albertville hit 480.
In addition to Goeden and Cooper, Cory Webb hit 86 targets, Reid Miller hit 85 and Chris Hahn finished with 69 out of 100 targets hit.
“I’m proud of the way the kids shot. There wasn’t jitters, just real tough weather,” said Coach Kenney, “Our only regret is that the weather made it really hard for the kids to show just how good they really are.”
Coach Kenney went on to say, “This was a great group of kids to be around. They improved tremendously throughout the season and from where we were last year. Any time you end a season at the state tournament, it’s been a pretty darn good year.”
This was the second year of competition for the WDC trap team. The team had 19 shooters each Wednesday night at the Knob Hill Sportsman’s Club in Wadena. The team had tremendous support from Knob Hill, Deer Creek Rod and Gun, Wadena Chapter of Pheasants Forever, Wadena Chapter of the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association, Ottertail Rod and Gun Club, and Mason Brothers.
Over 6,000 shooters competed in the clay target league this spring in what is the state’s fastest-growing sporting event for kids. Over 4,000 students took place in the June 6-10 Minnesota Clay Target Championship in Alexandria. It is the biggest youth trap shooting event in the World.