Clay target Cougars open in second place

Chad Smith

The Mabel-Canton trap team wrapped up the first week of the five-week fall season in second place in the Class A, Conference 9 standings with 1,930.5 points.

The Cougars are just 101.5 points behind first-place Hibbing (2,032 points). They’re also 190 ahead of third-place Marshall (1,842) in the eight-team conference.

It’s no surprise that Colton Heintz-Kuderer was the top scorer, but he had a lot of help as 13 shooters all finished over 40 on the score sheet. Heintz-Kuderer had 49 birds, including a perfect second round of 25-straight.

Jack Arneson was next with a 48, including a perfect second round of his own. Emma Middendorf and Austin Snell were next with 46 targets each.

Hayden Erickson and Tracer Tollefsrud each hit 45 birds while Robert Michels, Gwen Tollefsrud, and Dawson Wangen each hit 44. Dawson Kleiboer scored a 43. Riley Snell and Emma Tollefsrud each hit 42 clay targets. Saijal Slafter scored a 41.

Heintz-Kuderer finished in a three-way tie for second place in the boys conference Top Ten list, averaging 24.50.

Arneson wound up in a six-way tie for fifth at 24.00. Middendorf sits at No. 2 on the girls Top Ten conference list with a season average of 23.00. Gwen Tollefsrud is third at 22.00. Emma Tollefsrud is tied for fourth at 21.00 while Saijal Slafter is tied for sixth place at 20.50.