Seven Lions shoot at national trap tournament

The Spring Grove trap shooters that competed by invitation at the national tournament in Michigan are from left coach Don Hagen, Hailey Conway, Ashlyn Hammel, Camron Kraus, Kyle Hagen, Tristan Hammel, Brandon Anderson, Marie Petersen and coach Corey Anderson. Submitted photo
S. Lee Epps

The Spring Grove High School clay target team placed 62nd among 208 teams at the National Championship Tournament. The July 10-14 event at Mason, Michigan, is by invitation only and closed out the 2018-19 school year for a very successful Lion trap team.

Individually, Brandon Anderson (195) and Ashlyn Hammel (194) led Spring Grove scoring during the team race while Hammel was the top scorer in a separate individual competition. She was extremely consistent with her four scores of 97, 97, 96 and 97.

Among 1,800 shooters in the individual event, Hammel placed 84th while hitting 193 out of 200 targets, among the top five percent and one bird ahead of her brother Tristan Hammel (192).

The Lions took seven shooters, five needed for the team event plus two alternates.

"All the kids shot really well with just a couple of hiccups in there," said coach Don Hagen. "Great experience for our kids, and I was very pleased with their sportsmanship. They represented Spring Grove well, as always."

Team time

 After two rounds of 50 shots on Friday, Spring Grove was among the 80 teams (out of 208 entries) to qualify for the finals on Sunday. Those five team shooters were Anderson 99, Ashlyn Hammel 97, Marie Petersen 95, Camron Kraus 92 and Hailey Conway 79.

That team score of 462 was the 46th best in the qualifying round. But with 454 in the Sunday finals, the Lions slipped down to 62nd place in the final standings. Both Friday and Sunday totals were combined for the final score.

The Sunday numbers were Ashlyn Hammel 97, Anderson 96, Kraus 88, Petersen 88 and Conway 85.

Individual competition

Alternates Kyle Hagen and Tristan Hammel joined the action on Saturday when all seven Lions were eligible for the individual qualifying rounds. Only 400 of the 1800 individuals would qualify to come back for the Sunday finals. Five of the seven Lions made the cut with Petersen (91) and Conway (90) coming up short by only a target or two.

Advancing were Ashlyn Hammel 96, Tristan Hammel 95, Hagen 95, Kraus 94 and Anderson 93. So on Sunday, Ashlyn Hammel, Kraus and Anderson were competing in both the team finals and the individual finals.

The Hammels again led the way in the individual finals, each connecting with 97 flying targets. Anderson was one bird back at 96 with Kraus at 95 and Hagen 79.

Once again, both the qualifying score was combined with the Sunday score to compute the final score.

Those final 200-shot totals were: Ashlyn Hammel 193, Tristan Hammel 192, Anderson and Kraus both at 189 along with Hagen at 174.