Strong finish ensures another clay target conference crown

Maria Myrah was one of seven Lion ladies to finish among the top 25 girls in the conference. File photo by S. Lee Epps
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S. Lee Epps

The Spring Grove clay target team posted its third best team score (993) during the five-week fall season to hang onto a slim league lead and claim a second straight fall conference championship after also taking the past two spring titles.

Meanwhile, second-place Rochester Mayo scored a season-low team total (759) but still finished the campaign only 237.5 points behind the Lions, 4766 to 4528.5.

Senior CJ Sylling finished in a tie (with Alex Lee of Wabasha-Kellogg) as the top individual boy in the conference and 28th among all the boys in the state. For the season, Sylling averaged 23.6 out of a perfect 25.

Brandon Anderson led the Lions' week-five scoring with 48 (out of 50). Hailey Conway and Kyle Hagen were one bird back at 47 targets while Sylling and Ashlyn Hammel each scored 46.

Marie Petersen connected with 44 clay creatures while Jacine Johanningmeier came in at 43 and Camron Kraus at 42. Tanner Thesing and Carson Gerard each had a 41.

Xander Lewis, Maria Myrah and Marah Mathison rounded out the team total.

Among all conference girls, Conway finished in a tie with the second-best season average (22.10). Petersen (21.70) was fourth, Hammel (21.50) fifth and Johanningmeier seventh.

Mathison, Myrah and Taylor Reinhardt made seven Lions among the league's top 25 girls.

There were also seven Grove guys among the top 25 conference boys. Joining Sylling were Hagen (third 23.30) and Anderson (seventh tie 22.70) as well as Lewis, Gerard, Kraus and Thesing.

It was another very satisfying season for Corey Anderson and the rest of the Lion coaching staff.


Conference 1A-7

Spring Grove....…..4766.0





Math & Science….2594.0


Jefferson …………..2049.0