Eight Lions compete at nationals

Lion clay target shooters making the trip to Michigan for a national tournament were from left, Camron Kraus, Kyle Hagen, Brandon Anderson, Tanner Thesing, Tristan Hammel, Ashlyn Hammel, Hailey Conway and Marie Petersen. Submitted photo
By : 
Chad Smith

The Spring Grove trap team was in Michigan over the weekend to compete in the first-ever USA Trap League National Championship Tournament July 13-15. Eight Lions were among the 1,331 competitors that took part in the inaugural event at the Michigan Trap Association Homegrounds in Mason, Mich. 

Of those Spring Grove shooters, five plus two alternates were pre-designated for the team competition. But three of those seven were ultimately unable to go, leaving the team with only four pre-approved team shooters - one fewer than required for a team score. The other four marksmen were not able to be added to the team roster.

While the Lions didn’t qualify for the team competition, their top five scores totaled 463 and would have placed them among the top 40 teams in the nation.

During the qualifying round, individuals had to finish among the top 400 scores to advance to the final on Sunday, July 15. Freshman Tristan Hammel and sophomore Kyle Hagen each hit 97 out of 100 birds to advance to the final round. 

Other results included Brandon Anderson hitting 92 targets, Marie Petersen 90 and Tanner Thesing 87. Hailey Conway knocked down 86, Ashlyn Hammel 84 and Camron Kraus 82.

After shooting at 100 targets in the first round, Tristan Hammel and Hagen each got to fire off another 100 shots during the final on Sunday. Hammel hit 95 out of 100 birds, bringing his two-day total to 192, good for 152nd place (out of more than 1,300 contestants). Hagen hit 94 targets during the final round, totaling up 191 targets between the two rounds, finishing at 190th place.