Trap Team has terrific finish at state their first year!
Team finishes in an impressive 7th place in their first year!
by Norm Gallant, Activities Director
Wadena-Deer Creek junior Jacob Goeden captured third place in the individual standings to lead the WDC Trap team to a 7th place finish in the Novice Division of the Minnesota High School Clay Target League State Tournament. Sixty-One Teams comprised of over 450 individuals converged on the Alexandria Shooting Park on Friday Morning June 7th. When the gun smoke cleared, the 5 member WDC team had shattered 285 of the 375 clay targets that they had seen. Breckenridge won the Novice Division with a score of 306.
Jacob Goeden finished the day with a 68 out of 75, which actually tied him with Tanner Fischer of Staples Motley for 2nd Place. At the end of the tournament the two embarked on a sudden victory shoot-off in front of all of the other shooters and fans. Goeden finally missed on the 12th target and Fischer was able to wrap up second place when he shattered the next bird. Jonathan Korinek of Breckenridge was the top gun in the division with a 70. Goeden shot rounds of 24, 22, and 22 during the day.
Not far behind Goeden and finishing in a tie for 6th was Drew Killian. Killian smashed 64 targets out of 75. Chris Hahn was next for the Wolverines in a tie for 11th. Hahn was able to powder 59 of 75, while Matt Goeden was right behind in a tie for 12th with 58 targets broken. Bryce Cooper rounded out the Wolverine scoring with a 36, good for a tie for 34th.
“Being a first year program, we didn’t know exactly what to expect,” said Norm Gallant, one of the WDC Trap Team Coaches, “It’s a pretty intimidating place with all of the kids and 20 trap houses, but it didn’t bother our kids. The kids shot a practice round right away when we got there and it really went well. They gained a lot of confidence and didn’t let the surroundings bother them. They shot great!”
WDC was in its first year in the Minnesota State High School Clay Target League. Twenty members from WDC shot weekly at Knob Hill in Rural Wadena. The team received excellent support from the Knob Hill Sportsmen’s Club, The Deer Creek Rod and Gun Club, The Wadena Chapter of the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association, Wadena Pheasants Forever, Mason Brothers, D&J Services, and Weber’s Wadena Hardware. Volunteer Coaches for the team this year were Mike Kenney, Chelsea Goldberg, Norm Gallant, Don Schiller, and Chris Holman.
“We had great support this year,” said Gallant, “Everyone wanted to make this successful. I think we learned a lot and the kids had a good time. The sportsmen and women in the area really stepped up. We also had great parent support. It was a great year!”
The Clay Target League itself has grown exponentially. The League started six years ago with 30 kids from throughout the state according to Vice President John Nelson. This year over 3,400 students from all over the state were involved; including over 2,000 registered for the State Tournament last weekend.