Area shooters compete at state
Pequot Lakes' David Schroeder finished 69th while Pine River-Backus' Shane Sepin finished 85th at the first Minnesota State High School League State Clay Target tournament on Saturday, June 14, at the Minneapolis Gun Club in Prior Lake.
Schroeder, a freshman, shot 86 out of 100 targets.
"He really performed well for a freshman," said Stephen Weagel. "David kept improving as the year went, and had the highest team average. It was a big accomplishment for David to be among the top 104 (state qualifiers) out 6,100 kids in his first year of shooting trap. The state tournament was a good experience for David for the future."
Weagel added that all the shooters at state performed well considering the challenging weather conditions of driving rain and heavy winds.
Sepin, a senior, made 81 targets from a round of 100.
"Shane had a great year of shooting and we are happy that he qualified for state," said PR-B coach Molly Keefe. "Shane never missed a week of trap and his hard work and dedication paid off. This was his third year shooting, and he was a great leader for our team."
The top individual was Gust Lundeen of Dassel-Cokato, who had a 99, while Colton Sherman of Brandon-Evansville, Hunter Hedtke of Monticello, Jona Friesen of Detroit Lakes and Tommy Mavencamp of St. Michael-Albertville tied for second with 98.
In team competition, Buffalo finished first with 489 while Monticello was second with 483. Brainerd placed 12th with 455 while Walker-Hackensack-Akeley was 20th with 418 and Wadena-Deer Creek was 22nd with 416.