Douglas finishes among state’s top high school trap shooters

Rushford-Peterson shooter Quentin Douglas competed at the Minnesota State High School League Clay Target State Championship on Friday, June 22. Douglas finished with a score of 23, 25, 23 and 18 in each of four rounds, giving him a total score of 90 out of 100 possible. Douglas earned 85th place out of the top 100 shooters in the state. Pictured is Douglas at the MSHSL State Championship.
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Chad Smith
Tri-County Record

The Rushford-Peterson trap season came to an end last weekend, with Quentin Douglas as the lone Trojan shooter to advance to the Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) Clay Target State Championship on Friday, June 22. The format is different than the Minnesota Clay Target League Championship that took place the previous week in Alexandria. Only the top 40 teams in the state get to take part in the MSHSL tournament, plus individual qualifiers have to finish with one of the top 100 scores in the state. It’s a test of endurance for the shooters, who shoot at twice as many targets (100) than they do in the regular season (50).

Douglas finished with scores of 23, 25, 23, and 18 in each of the four rounds of competition, for a total score of 90 out of 100 possible targets, good for 85th place out of the top 100 shooters in the state. Trojan trap coach Colby Lind said the Minneapolis Gun Club in Prior Lake is a shooting range that’s quite similar to the Trojans’ home range, with a very good background to shoot against, unlike the more wide-open range in Alexandria.

“Quentin felt it was a lot of very good shooters to compete against,” Lind said. “It got to be a little bit of a challenge as the tournament organizers really flew through the competition, so there wasn’t much chance to take a big break between rounds. That made fatigue a big challenge.

“The competition really does get a lot harder going from Alexandria to Prior Lake,” Lind added. “For example, Spring Grove won the State Class 2A title last week in Alexandria with a 475. While they finished the MSHSL tournament in a very good 20th place (out of 40 teams), you’re suddenly up against teams like St. Michael-Albertville, which won the team title and missed only nine shots out of 500 total (491).”

How good was the competition at this year’s tournament? As a comparison, Spring Grove actually hit ten more shots this spring than they did at last year’s tournament (459) when they finished in 9th place.

“It’s a little different when you go up to a tournament by yourself,” Lind said. “You don’t’ have the rest of the team with you like you did all spring, but at the end of the day, it’s the same angle, the same speed (of the targets), and the same distance. If you can hit one target, you should be able to hit all of them.

“Look at it this way,” Lind added. “There are approximately 12,000 kids in the league throughout the state. Quentin (Douglas) finishing 85th out of the top 100 scores is a great season. You have to be happy with a finish like that.”