Lion trap shooters widen league lead

Eighth grader Carson Gerard. Photo by S. Lee Epps
By : 
Stephen Lee Epps

The Spring Grove trap shooters again had the conference’s best team score of the week to widen their lead in the season standings. Lion marksmen also distinguished themselves at a state event in South St. Paul.

In week 3 of the five-week conference race, SG logged its second best team score of the season (2116.5) and increased its season lead over second place Stephen-Argyle Central. 

"A great week!" said coach Kaare Sanness. "After a rough week 2 shooting in some of the worst conditions I’ve seen, the Lions responded with a solid week 3, highlighted by a pair of 49s by (Tristan) Hammel and (Cullen) Patterson. Great progress by veterans and new comers alike. Right where we need to be progress wise at mid season with a month to go to state championship in Alex (Alexandria)."

Patterson and Hammel both had a 25-straight (25 for 25) round on the way to their 50-shot score of 49. 

George Boyd, also with a 25-straight, was next at 48, followed by both Sam Sanness and Takoda Boyd at 47 plus three teammates scoring 46 - Brandon Anderson, Claire Urell and Tanner Thesing.

Overall, 14 Lions scored at 40 or above. including Hailey Conway (44), Marie Petersen (43), CJ Sylling (43), Tristan Brainard (43), Garrison Van Minsel (41) and Carson Gerard (40).

All 23 Lions competed this week with the top 19 scores used to tabulate the team score each week.



Urell and Conway are tied in first place among all conference girls with season averages of 21.50. Petersen currently ranks fourth and Jacine Johanningmeier eighth, making four Lions among the league's top eight.

Sanness is tied for second among all conference boys (23.50) while George Boyd and Hammel are tied for fourth (23.33). 

SG has five of the top 12 boys with Thesing and Anderson tied for eighth (23.00). Patterson, Takoda Boyd and Kyle Hagen also ranked among the top 25 boys.



On May 5, there were 14 Lions making the trip to South St. Paul for the annual Spring Fling. There were two components, trap shooting and sporting clays. The latter was something new to Spring Grove, but the Lions tied for third place as a team in a field that included over 400 individuals.

Hammel ranked seventh among all individuals in total scoring and led the Lions in trap while hitting 49 of 50 targets.

Hagen was the top Lion in sporting clays with a 45.


Class 2A - Conference 2

Spring Grove……..6316.5


Mayer Lutheran…5715.5


PACT Charter……3638.0

ECHO Charter…...3252.5

St. James…………..3199.5