Mabel-Canton finishes fifth at state trap tournament

Fifteen Mabel-Canton trap shooters competed at the 2019 Minnesota High School Clay Target Association Championships where the Cougars placed fifth among 47 Class 2A teams in Minnesota. In front, from left, are Robert Michels, All-State Colton Heintz-Kuderer, Austin Snell, Maddy Michels, Saijal Slafter and Dawson Kleiboer. In back are Jack Arneson, Tracer Tollefsrud, Emma Middendorf, Colton Tollefsrud, Gwen Tollefsrud, Riley Snell, Sami Williams, Emma Tollefsrud and Skylar Wangen.
Chad Smith

The Mabel-Canton trap team finished up fifth among 47 teams in the Class 2A overall standings (top 5 scores from varsity, JV and novice divisions) at the 2019 Minnesota Clay Target League State Tournament in Alexandria. Their 472 team points were just 12 behind Class 2A team champion Park Rapids.

Each shooter had four rounds of 25 birds each during the one-day tournament for a total of 100 possible targets.

Colton Heintz-Kuderer, who’s already qualified as an individual for the MSHSL State Tournament, was fantastic again for the Cougars. His first session was a perfect 25 in a row. Next, he didn’t miss a single target, hitting all 50 shots in a row and finished hitting 98 out of a possible total of 100 clay targets.

Austin Snell was right behind him, getting one perfect round of 25 while missing just one bird in his other three rounds, finishing the tournament with a 97.

Jack Arneson was next with a 93, including one perfect round of 25.

Emma Middendorf was the highest-scoring M-C female shooter, finishing with a 91 (one round of 25 in a row).

Maddy Michels scored 87 points, Dawson Kleiboer added an 83, Robert Michels hit 80 targets, Skyler Wangen added a 79 and Tracer Tollefsrud scored 73 points.

High Gun Male List

Heintz-Kuderer’s 97 tied him for fifth place on the list, just three targets behind individual winner, Cole Girtz of Park Rapids, who hit 100 straight birds.

Snell’s 98 tied him for eighth and Arneson (93) tied for 51st among 342 Class 2A shooters.

High Gun Female List

Middendorf finishing with a 91 placing her in a tie for sixth on the list, just three targets behind first-place Alisyn  Rathcke from Sebeka. Michels’ 87 placed her 12th among 26 varsity girls.

JV, Novice shooters

The junior varsity shooters all showed promise for the future at the state tournament. Gwen Tollefsrud was the high scorer for M-C and earned the third-place medal among all 58 JV girls with 91 birds, including one perfect round of 25-straight.

Saijal Slafter, with an 87 tied for fourth place among JV girls while Emma Tollefsrud was sixth with an 86.

Among 239 JV boys, Colton Tollefsrud tied for 26th by hitting 87 targets while Riley Snell hit 83 clay targets to tie for 50th.

Samantha Williams scored a 67 in the Novice Division to tie for 19th among 57 girls.


Qualifiers, including All-State Heintz-Kuderer, will take part in the Minnesota State High School Clay Target League State Tournament on June 21 at the Minneapolis Gun Club in Prior Lake. He had qualified by finishing the regular-season (conference season) with an average score among the state's top 100.