Anderson All-State; team repeats title


Brandon Anderson solidified his All-State credentials by hitting 50 of 50 flying clay targets last week while leading Spring Grove to a fourth straight conference trap championship. Photo by S. Lee Epps
By: 
S. Lee Epps

The Spring Grove shooters capped an excellent conference campaign with their best weekly team score of the season (1,826.50) while team leader Brandon Anderson achieved All-State status by being one of the top 100 high school trap shooters in Minnesota.

With their fourth straight conference team championship, the Lions closed the Class 1A Conference 10 race with a dominating 2,296.50-point margin over second place Rochester Lourdes. Nineteen Lions scored above 40 (out of a possible 50) in week 5 competition.

Anderson, a junior, finished with the best individual season average in the conference (24.00 out of a perfect 25.00) and tied for 43rd among all competitors in the state.

Freshman Ashlyn Hammel, with a season average of 23.60, ranks first among all conference girls and third among all Minnesota girls. According to coach George Boyd, she missed All-State honors by a single target.

Anderson led the Lions in week 5 with a straight 50, hitting all 50 clay birds last week.

Hailey Conway had a superb 49 while four marksmen hit 48 out of 50 birds - Marie Petersen, Tristan Brainard, Kyle Hagen and Takoda Boyd.

Another foursome - Ashlyn Hammel. Jakob Myrah, Tanner Thesing and CJ Sylling - connected with 47 clay targets.

Camron Kraus and Garrison Van Minsel each scored 46 while Carson Gerard hit 45 birds. Tristan Hammel and Marah Mathison each had 43 with Jacine Johanningmeier at 42. Blasting 41 birds each were Tiffany Michels, Xander Lewis and Taylor Reinhardt.

Conference, state rankings

So dominant was Spring Grove that all 12 Lion boys rank among the conference's top 17. Following league leader Anderson, Boyd ranks second (23.30), Sylling fifth (23.10), Kraus seventh, Van Minsel eighth, Hagen and Brainard tied for ninth plus Thesing and Lewis tied for 11th. 

Myrah ranks 14th, Tristan Hammel tied for 15th and Gerard 17th.

And amazingly, all seven Lion ladies rank among the conference's top 15 girls. Hammel is first in the conference and third in the state.

Petersen ranks second in the league and tied for 10th in the state, Conway is third in the conference and tied for 23rd among all Minnesota girls.  

Johanningmeier is fourth in the conference, Reinhardt seventh, Mathison 10th and Michels 15th.

On to state

Up next is the Clay Target League State Championship June 10-18 in Alexandria. Winners can qualify there for the Minnesota State High School League championship on June 22 at the Minneapolis Gun Club in Prior Lake. 

Spring Grove won the Class 1A state championship in 2017 and the Class 2A state title last spring.

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Class 1A, Conference 1

FINAL trap standings (after week 5)              

1. Spring Grove………………….8,891.50

2. Lourdes………………………...6,595.00

3. Ortonville……………………….6,047.50

4. Atwater/Cosmos/Grove City…4,723.00

5. Deer River………………………4,036.50

6. Southwest Minn. Christian…...3,593.00

7. Washburn………………………3,452.50

8. Blake School…………………...2,669.00

 

 

 

 

 

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