Lion shooters leap into league lead

George Boyd shared the team lead for Spring Grove in week 1 of clay target competition. The senior was also one of four Lions to have a perfect round of 25. Photo by S. Lee Epps
By : 
Stephen Lee Epps

The Spring Grove trap team started the season in a familiar position atop the conference standings. With the expanded roster of 23 shooters, the Lions moved up a class to Class 2A, Conference 2. This season, 19 individual scores will determine the team score. In an eight -team conference, SG leads second-place Stephen-Argyle by 358 points after the first week of competition.

Seniors Sam Sanness and George Boyd V led the way, hitting 47 of 50 flying clay targets. That score tied them for third among the 151 shooters in the conference. 

There were 151 conference shooters in action during week 1. Ten Lions were among the league's top 25 boys while all eight SG girls were among the top 25 females.

Tied for seventh among all the conference boys were Tanner Thesing, Kyle Hagen and Brandon Anderson - each connecting with 46 birds.

Hailey Conway hit 45 targets to take the top spot among all conference girls.

Tristan Hammel, Cullen Patterson and Garrison Van Minsel each scored 44 hits while Tristan Brainard and Takoda Boyd each took 43 birds out of the sky.

SG had four of the top seven girls in the league. Right behind Conway was Claire Urell in second place with a score of 42. Jacine Johanningmeier tied for third at 40 while Marie Petersen tied for sixth with 38.

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


Four Lions have already recorded perfect rounds of 25. George Boyd and Thesing joined the 25-straight club in week 1 after Sanness had achieved the distinction during the Reserve Week and Anderson during a practice week.


Class 2A, Conference 2 - Week 1 standings

Spring Grove…..2214.0


Mayer Lutheran..1672.5


PACT Charter…1213.5

St. James………1114.0

ECHO Charter…..997.0