Lanesboro shooters experience state trap event

S. Lee Epps

Eleven, mostly young Lanesboro trap shooters made the long trip to Alexandria where, on June 12, they experienced one day of what is said to be the "world's largest shooting sport event" - the annual Minnesota State High School Clay Target Association Championships.

The 2019 Burros competed along with other Class 2A teams; it takes nine days for all nine classes (more than 8,000 shooters) to compete. Lanesboro placed 40th among 47 teams in Class 2A, the second smallest of nine classes. Class assignment depends on the number of registered shooters, not the enrollment of the school.

The top five LHS shooters combined for a team total on 427 out of a possible perfect 500.

Two young Burros placed among the top half of the varsity field. Freshman Jacob Peterson hit 88 of 100 targets and sixth grader Holdyn Willford 87 to finish tied for 150th and 162nd, respectively among 342 shooters in Class 2A.

Junior Zachary Torgerson hit 85 clay birds and sophomore Logan Jensson 84. Rounding out the team total was an 83 score - achieved by both senior Lauren Zoellner and freshman Jordan Peterson. Zoellner tied for 15th among the 26 varsity girls.

The other varsity Burro was eighth grader Logan Torgerson with a 75.

Among 239 junior varsity shooters, freshman William Asleson was among the top third, tied for 65th place while connecting with 81 flying clay targets. Joey Bradley hit 65.

Two sixth graders competed in the novice division with Dayton Haugen hitting 67 birds, tied for 86th among 210 shooters. William Miller shot down 41 targets.

It was a valuable experience, especially for the Burro marksmen who plan to return to trap shooting next school year.