Lion shooters battle wind, stay on top

Cullen Patterson
By : 
Stephen Lee Epps

The conference trap shooting race tightened as the Spring Grove marksmen saw scores dip during very challenging wind conditions on April 30. While the Lions outscored second place Stephen-Argyle by one point in week 2 (1,986 to 1,985), third place Mayer Lutheran posted the top score of the week (2,139.5) to close in on the top two in the eight-team race.

There are 23 Spring Grove shooters with the top 19 scores figuring into the team score each week.

Sophomore Kyle Hagen led the Lions while hitting 48 of 50 flying clay targets. Senior Sam Sanness and freshman Tristan Hammel were each one bird behind at 47. 

Tanner Thesing, still with a cast on his shooting wrist, and sophomore Brandon Anderson each connected with 46 clay targets. George Boyd put away 45 clays.


Sanness and Hagen are tied for second among conference boys, each with a 23.50 average. Thesing, Anderson and George Boyd are tied for ninth. Hammel is the sixth Lion among the loop's top 25 boys.

Hailey Conway leads all league girls with an average of 21.25 as all eight Lion ladies are among the league's top 25 girls. Claire Urell ranks second (20.75) with Marie Peterson fourth and Jacine Johanningmeier eighth.

Other top 25 girls are Maria Myrah, Ashlyn Hammel, Kendra Waldenberger and Marah Mathison.

>>>50 straight

A highlight of the week was a 50- straight performance (50 shots, 50 hits) by junior Takoda Boyd. It did not effect team scoring as it came during a practice round, but it is still a prestigious accomplishment that is recognized by the state association,

Tristan Hammel had a 25-straight round during week 2 competition.


>>>Class 2A, Conference 2 (Standings after week 2)

Spring Grove…….4,200.0


Mayer Lutheran..3,812.5


PACT Charter…...2,468.5

ECHO Charter…..2,084.0


St. James…………..1,927.0