Gile named to All-State trapshooting team

By : 
Scott Bestul

Trojans freshman Brady Gile was recently named to the All-State trapshooting team by the Minnesota State High School Clay Target League. The team, comprised of the top 100 shooters from across the state, is determined by taking the top average scores of shooters regardless of class or conference, from the five weeks of regular competition.  

Gile averaged 24.10 (out of a possible 25) for the 2019 season, a score that landed him in a tie for 33rd place with nine other shooters. The top shooter for the year was Jake Mader from Annandale High School; Mader averaged 24.90 for the season. Cole Girtz, of Park Rapids High School, who averaged 24.70, was the only other shooter named to the All-State team from the 2A-Conference 5, in which R-P competes.

Final conference awards

As a team, R-P finished second in the 2A-Conference 5, a seven-team conference comprised of Clearbrook-Gonvick High School, Eden Valley-Watkins, Fertile-Beltrami, Lakes International Language Academy, Park Rapids, Redwood Valley, and R-P. Park Rapids won the team title by compiling a score of 12,080.5. The shooters from R-P racked up 9,191.5 points to finish in the runner-up spot.

Two R-P shooters received Conference Awards, which are given to the top three individuals in the conference. Gile was named to the boys team for posting the second-highest average of 24.10. Cole Girtz of Park Rapids had the top average (24.70) and Kade Ramsey of Fertile-Beltrami was third (23.90).

Breena Pehler was named to the girls all-conference squad. Pehler’s average (21.10) placed her second among conference shooters. Mackenzie Girtz of Park Rapids had the top average (23.10) and Ashlyn Doering of Redwood Valley High School was third (20.30).

The R-P team had plenty more to brag about, as four girls and six boys placed among the Top 25 shooters in the conference for the 2019 season. Joining Pehler on the girl’s elite squad was Isabelle Gile, who was ranked sixth with a 16.6 average. Faith Eide averaged 13.90 targets to place 10th, and Paige Dailey landed in 13th with a 12.80 average.

On the boys side, Gile was joined by Brett Betthausen, who tied for 12th with a 21.60 average. Tim Highum and Jens Lind joined Park Rapids shooter Jacob Zinniel in a three-way tie for 14th (21.40). Hans Lind averaged 20.60 to tie Jeremiah Lothert (Redwood Valley) for 21st, and Grady Hengel shot 20.40 to tie Austin Wirtz (Eden Valley-Watkins) for 23rd place.


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