Marksmen in middle of the pack at MSHSL state

All-State trap shooter Sam Sanness hit 75 straight targets to close out the day at last week’s state clay target championships. Photo by S. Lee Epps
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Chad Smith

The Spring Grove trap team wrapped up a fantastic spring by placing 20th out of the 40 teams that qualified for the MSHSL State Clay Target Tournament at Prior Lake on Friday, June 22, just missing out on 19th place because of a tiebreaker. 

Lion coach Kaare Sanness said the team was as high in the standings as second place at the halfway point of the tournament after hitting 244 of 250 targets. However, Spring Grove scores dipped later in the day, finishing with a grand total of 469 out of possible 500.

To put the quality of competition in some perspective, this total was actually 10 targets better than last year's 459, when the team placed ninth overall. St. Michael-Albertville, from Class 7A and with two perfect 100-straight individuals, won its second-straight team title with a 491.

The entire team had helped the Lions qualify for the state tournament but only five shooters from each team shoot in this MSHSL finale. 

George Boyd V led with a 97, including two 25-straight rounds. Takoda Boyd and Sam Sanness each hit 94 of 100 targets. Sanness had a couple of hot streaks, starting with a 50-straight streak and later adding a 25-straight round.

Brandon Anderson and Tristan Hammel both came in at 92, each starting with a 25-straight streak of their own. On hand as alternates were Cullen Patterson and Kyle Hagen.

Sanness, as one of the top 100 All-State shooters from the regular season, also qualified for the separate individual championship competition where he placed 32nd among 115 marksmen. Sanness hit 22 of his first round of 25 targets but then got really hot, hitting 75 straight shots. For the day, that gave him two 50-straight sessions plus another two 25-straight rounds (191 out of 200 on the day).

Spring Grove had won the Class 2A state championship at the Minnesota Clay Target High School League Championship but had to finish among the top 40 teams among all nine classes to qualify for this final all-class championship. 

This was the second class state championship for SG (1A in 2017) and third year for the Lions to qualify for the MSHSL all-class championships, having finished 19th in 2016 and ninth in 2017.