Heintz-Kuderer places high among the nation's top shooters


PHOTO COURTESY OF MELISSA MILLER Two Mabel-Canton clay target shooters competed at the high school National Trap Shooting Championships in Michigan. From left are Tracer Tollefsrud and Colton Heintz-Kuderer.
By: 
Chad Smith

Mabel-Canton sophomore Colton Heintz-Kuderer placed among the top three and a half percent of nearly 1,700 trap shooters at the National High School Clay Target League Championship Tournament.

Heintz-Kuderer and sophomore Tracer Tollefsrud represented Mabel-Canton in the individual competition July 13 and 14 at the Michigan Trap Association Homegrounds in Mason, Michigan. There were 1,691 shooters in the individual competition.

Individuals took two turns of 50 birds each during day one of the competitions on June 13. The top 400 moved on to the final round the next day for two more rounds of 50 birds each.

During that qualifying round, Heintz-Kuderer got on a hot streak, hitting 35 straight shots to finish with a score of 97 birds, good for 61st place.

How good was the competition? He was only three points behind the seven shooters that hit 100 straight birds for a perfect first-day score of 100 points.

Tollefsrud had more than a respectable day, shooting a first-round score of 85 that left him outside the top 400 places and was unable to move to the final round.

Heintz-Kuderer was equally impressive in the final round the next day, hitting 25 straight shots and finishing with another 97, totaling 194 points in the tournament. He jumped up two spots in the final standings, ending the tournament in 59th place.

Heintz-Kuderer picked up a 25-straight award after the meet concluded.

“It’s tough competition at the national tournament,” said Mabel-Canton assistant coach Corey Thompson. “We wish we could send more of our shooters to a great meet like this, but the kids get really busy with county fairs at this time of the summer. However, Tracer and Colton did really well for themselves.

“I’m very proud of the hard work and dedication these boys have put in to be able to compete at that level,” he added. “I can’t wait to get started on next season."

Minnesota was very well represented at the national tournament. Roseau won the national team championship and Woodrow Glazer of New Prague High School finished as the individual national champion, scoring a perfect 200 points. Cole Girtz of Park Rapids finished just outside the top ten at No. 11 (197). Brady Gile of Rushford-Peterson took 79th with a 193.