Five trap league shooters finish in state top 100
The Staples Motley High School Trap League concluded its regular season May 28 with the Cardinals completing a very competitive year. Over the five weeks of competition, the Cardinals finished second to Zimmerman in Class 4A Conference 4 with 26,672 points.
Awards are given for the top boys and girls in each conference, class and in the state. Individually Cardinal shooters finished with their best showing ever in league competition.
o Jace Hoemberg, senior, finished in first place in the conference, third place in Class 4A and tied for 25th place in the state with an average of 23.8 clays/round;
o Travis Maciej, junior, and Dominick Carlson, eighth grade, finished tied for second place in the conference, tied for fifth place in Class 4A and tied for 40th place in the state with an average of 23.6 clays/round;
o Brenden Thompson, junior, finished tied for seventh place in the conference, tied for 13th place in Class 4A and tied for 89th in the state with an average of 23.2 clays/round.
Katie Benson, junior, finished first place in the conference, Class 4A and state for girls and 11th place overall in the state with an average of 24.2 clays/round.
The Cardinals will send these five shooters to the MSHSL Championships in Prior Lake on June 25 as individuals.
“This is the first time the team has ever had any individual qualify in the top 100 shooters in the state. Sending five individuals is very impressive,” said coach Steve Benson. “Only St. Michael-Albertville had more individuals in the top 100 with eight.”
The team will compete in the State Championships June 17 in Alexandria. The top four team scores from Class 4A will also earn a spot in the MSHSL Team Championships.
The Cardinal shooters will have a good chance to advance this year, competing against the top Class 4A schools including Apple Valley, Detroit Lakes, Zimmerman and New York Mills.
“We have had an exceptional year of shooting. With over ten kids capable of shooting 22 clays or more every round, we should be able to get over the hump in team competition and shoot over 460/500 this year,” Benson said. “Hopefully, we can get five shooters to string together four good rounds and post a team score that will get us to the MSHSL Team Championships for the first time.”
The spring trap season is coming to an end, but youth summer and fall trap leagues are available for students in 6th-12th grade through Staples Community Education. If you are interested in getting your student to try trap shooting, look at Staples Community Education website or contact them at 218-894-2430.