The Waconia High School Trapshooting Club recently sent two competitors to the 2014 State Clay Target Tournament’s individual competition on June 14 at the Minneapolis Gun Club in Prior Lake.
The top 100 shooters from the regular season were invited to the individual competition based on their shooting average throughout the year.
At this state tournament, each athlete shot 100 rounds and high scores abounded throughout the individual competition. Dassel Cokato’s Gust Lundeen took home the individual title, scoring a 99.
Waconia’s Taylor Schoonover placed 84th overall, hitting 82 of the targets. Bradley Gilbertson wasn’t far behind in 88th position with a 78.
According to John Gilbertson, a coach for Waconia, the boys shot in the heart of Saturday’s storm, battling strong winds and rain and even having to be stopped for lightning.
“The story of the day was the challenging weather,” he said. “Our boys started at 2:30 and the storm was at its worst, 30 mile per hour winds and heavy downpour.”
While the clay traps were affected and scores were lower than expected, Gilbertson said both Schoonover and Bradley Gilbertson enjoyed being part of the inaugural state tournament experience.
“It is like a golf tournament,” coach Gilbertson said. “Some people tee off and enjoy better weather and shoot better scores than those that tee off at a different time of the day, after inclement weather has set in.”
The Waconia Trapshooting Club captured the Class AAA Conference 3 championship earlier this spring, the team’s second in its two years as a club. The Waconia team has 40 varsity members and runs a five-week competition schedule, competing against like teams from around the state.
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