Owatonna Clay Target Team Qualifies for State Championships
Owatonna's clay target team can boast the third best shooter in their class and a sixth place finish in the team standings of the class 8A trap shooting state championships at Alexandria on Monday. All of that was good enough to earn a spot in Friday's high school league state championship round. Jon Klecker connected on 98 of 100 targets to finish third individually. A pair of shooters hit 99.
The Huskies shot 474 of 500 for their team score. New Prague won the day with 486. Fairmont had 483 for second place. With one of the top 40 overall scores in Alexandria, Owatonna is among the teams that qualify for the Minnesota State High School League tournament Friday, June 22 at Minneapolis Gun Club in Prior Lake. The top 100 shooters from the regular season advance to the individual portion of the MSHSL event. NRHEG's Chancellor Olson and Medford's Cole Volkmann appear to have qualifying scores.
Rounding out Owatonna's scoring Monday was Joshua Kiefer and Joe Edel at 95 and Thomas Earl and Joseph Earl at 93. Dylan Meier and Westin Wilson each hit 92 pigeons. Scott Kingland hit 90. OHS had 25 varsity shooters and over 45 total between varsity, junior varsity and novice. Fifteen teams shot on Monday. Team competition on Friday begins at 9 am. There is no admission charge to attend.
NRHEG finished 13th out of 23 teams Saturday with 461. United South Central won the Class 6A title with 483, one target ahead of Roseau. Braden Routh and Evan Dobberstein led the Panthers with 94. Olson shot 92. Ralph Roesler had 91 and Caden Beauvais and Alex Romer shot 90 out of 100.
Triton was 13th Friday out of 26 teams in Class 5A standings with 465. Lakeview and Badger-Green Bush-Middle River tied with 487. The Cobras had a three-way for high-gun as Kaleb Storm, Tim Moenning and Colby Dobbs each connected with 94 targets.
Medford and Blooming Prairie participate in Class 1A, which was cancelled due to stormy weather on June 11. The nine-day Trap Shooting Championship in Alexandria is the largest event of its kind in the world.
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