Spring Grove wins state trap title again; George Boyd is individual champion

Eighth grader Ashlyn Hammel has plenty to smile about after two perfect 25-straight rounds propelled her to the top spot among 54 junior varsity girls at the clay target state championships. Submitted photo
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S. Lee Epps


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Spring Grove won the state team title while senior George Boyd V was the individual champion at the Minnesota Clay Target Association's state high school tournament. 

It was the second straight state championship for the Spring Grove clay target team. The Lions won the Class 2A state crown at Alexandria on June 12, a year after taking the 1A title.

Boyd was the top individual in Class 2A. There were 945 individual Class 2A scores posted that day.

Sophomore Marie Petersen ranked second among the 29 varsity girls, and eighth grader Ashlyn Hammel, with two 25-straight rounds, had the top score among all 54 junior varsity girls.

Boyd hit 98 of 100 clay targets, starting with 23 of the first 25 before clearing the sky on each of his final 75 shots!

Sophomore Brandon Anderson also had a sensational day, one bird back at 97 and tied for fifth place overall, including a pair of 25-straight rounds. 

Junior Takoda Boyd had a 50-straight in his final session for a total of 96, placing him ninth among 945 shooters.

The top five individual scores made up the team scores, which with 92s from both senior Cullen Patterson and senior Sam Sanness, was 475 for Spring Grove. Wheaton was runner-up at 472. There were 52 teams in attendance with 35 having enough shooters to qualify for a team score.

Eighteen of 23 Lion shooters made the long trip to Alexandria. Other SG scores were Petersen 91, Tristan Hammel 91, CJ Sylling 91, Garrison Van Minsel 90, Ashlyn Hammel 89, Hailey Conway 89, Tanner Thesing 88, Kyle Hagen 86, Jacine Johanningmeier 85, Carson Gerard 84, Camron Kraus 83, Xander Lewis 82 and Kendra Waldenberger 70.

Joining Petersen among the top scoring varsity girls, Conway was tied for sixth.

While Hammel topped the list, Johanningmeier ranked ninth among 54 junior varsity ladies.

MSHSL State Tourney

The state tourney at Alexandria is the qualifying event for the Minnesota State High School League's state tournament on June 22 at Prior Lake. The top 40 teams at Alexandria will advance.


However, the nine-day schedule at Alexandria was ongoing as the Herald went to press with the Class 8A and Class 9A teams still on deck.

Through the first seven classes, Spring Grove ranked 22nd overall before 8A and 9A scores are added.

TOP 14 TEAMS, Class 2ASpring Grove475, Verndale 472, Mayer Lutheran 470, Walker/Hackensack/Akeley 469, Paynesville 467, Frazee-Vergas 462, Warroad 460, Kingsland459, Milaca 459, Heritage Christian 459, Mabel-Canton 457, Brandon-Evansville 454, Holy Family Catholic 451, Cathedral 451