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Patriots have new trap team coach

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The Pequot Lakes Patriots trap shooting team has a new coach, Scott Goddard.

"We would like to thank the community for all of their support," Goddard said. "Trap competition is unique in allowing and ensuring that all athletes compete, and the entire team works together to support a safe, fun and competitive league."

Chad Nelson is an assistant coach for the Patriots, although the Pequot Lakes boys' and girls' team roster has not yet been finalized for this season.

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CORRECTION: This story originally reported that "The Pequot Lakes Patriots trap shooting team has a new coach, Scott Goddard, and is a first-year school sanctioned activity through the Minnesota State High School League."

It was incorrectly reported that the sport is sanctioned by the Minnesota State High School League. The MSHSL hosts a state tournament for trap shooting, but does not sanction the sport.

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Last spring, the Patriots finished with its top five shooters breaking 464 out of 500 clay targets - led by Dalton Ebnet shooting 98 out of 100 - at the state tournament in Alexandria June 16.

Ebnet was the top gun for the Patriots, and his score included 75 straight - a first for the Pequot Lakes.

Sydney Dorion was the top girl gun for the Patriots, connecting with 83 targets.

The Patriots finished the regular season ranked first in their conference, leading runner-up Anoka by more than 5,000 points.

Pequot Lakes finished the regular season in first place of Class 6A Conference. Nine Patriot boys finished in the top 25 in the conference, led by senior Matthew Fabian with an average of 23.5 out of 25. The other eight teammates were Hunter Ebnet, Dawson Rickard, Cole Kaneski, Collin Stattelman, Reid Pierzinski, Joe Keiffer, Jake Johnson and Dalton Ebnet.

Four Patriot girls also finished in the top 25 led by freshman Sydney Dorion with a 20.10 average. Jordan Goddard, Kylie Wolkenhauer and Frankie Holmgren were also among the conference's top 25.

There are nine schools and more than 400 shooters in Class 6A Conference 1. All schools in this conference have 50 on their respective teams.