Alexandria places second in 2019 MSHSL Clay Target State Tournament

The student-athletes representing the Alexandria Area High School Trap Team show off their second place trophy following the Team Competition at the Minnesota State High School League's 2019 Clay Target State Tournament at the Minneapolis Gun Club in Prior Lake. The Cardinals' five-person score of 482 out of 500 targets was exceeded only by New Prague's total of 484. 

(Prior Lake, MN) -- The Trap Shooting Team from New Prague High School captured top honors during the team competition Friday at the Minnesota State High School League's Clay Target State Tournament at the Minneapolis Gun Club, with the team from Alexandria Area High School placing second.

After the team portion of the 2019 Minnesota State High School League's Clay Target State Tournament concluded Friday afternoon, the trap shooters from Alexandria Area High School finished in second place behind the State Champions from New Prague. The Cardinals' score of 482 equaled that of the Trap Team from Lakeville South High School, but Alexandria was awarded the second place trophy after a reverse run comparison between athletes from the teams was used as a tiebreaker.

New Prague's scoring balance among its five athletes was key in capturing the title. Each Trojans' score of busted targets was 96 or higher, with 100 straights marking a perfect score. New Prague was led by Woodrow Glazer, with a score of 99.

Each of the 40 competing teams at the Clay Target State Tournament was allowed to bring seven athletes, with the five highest totals of busted clay targets counted for the overall team score. The Alexandria Cardinals were paced by both Jeremy Knight and Erik Knight. Each busted 99 of 100 targets. Jeremy Knight scored his 50 during the first of two sessions on Friday, while Erik Knight busted his round of 50 straight targets during the last session. Teammate Tyler Burgess scored a 98, followed by Ford Allen-Opp with a 96 and Nicolas Witt with a 91. By earning the second place trophy, Alexandria improved on its sixth place position during the 2018 Clay Target State Tournament.

Lakers place in top third during team competition: Minnewaska Area's score of 469 out of a possible 500 broken targets enabled the Lakers to place 13th overall among the 40 teams. Carson Tauber had a perfect round of 50 targets during the first session, then followed that up with a 49 in the second session for an overall score of 99. Brady Drewes added a 97 to Minnewaska's total. That was followed by Dustin Peterson with a 93, and scores of 90 for both Chase Boelke and Kaleb Drewes.

Qualifying for the team competition in the Minnesota State High School League's Clay Target State Tournament occurred during the nine-day Minnesota State High School Clay Target League's Championship Tournament that concluded June 18th at the Alexandria Shooting Park. That tournament attracted thousands of athletes from locations across the state.

Individual competition Friday afternoon included four athletes from Alexandria and a pair from Minnewaska: By having average regular season scores in the top 100 during the spring Minnesota State High School Clay Target League season, a quartet of trap shooters from Alexandria and two from Minnewaska competed Friday afternoon at the Minneapolis Gun Club during the individual portion of the MSHSL Clay Target State Tournament. Scores of those area athletes are noted below:

  • Jeremy Knight (Alexandria Area): 98
  • Carson Tauber (Minnewaska Area): 97
  • Erik Knight (Alexandria Area): 97
  • Kallista Roers (Alexandria Area): 94
  • Brady Drewes (Minnewaska Area): 93
  • Nicolas Witt (Alexandria Area): 91

106 competitors were on the range during the individual portion of Friday's MSHSL Clay Target State Tournament. These qualifiers moved out of the large participation group of more than eight thousand students, representing in excess of 300 high schools that actively competed during the spring season in Minnesota. The spring Trap Shooting season is organized and coordinated by the Minnesota State High School Clay Target League.

The top eight performers in the individual competition of the Minnesota State High School League's Clay Target State Tournament were recognized during Friday afternoon's award ceremony as members of the Fleet Farm Top Gun All-State Team. Mills Fleet Farm was the presenting sponsor of the Minnesota State High School League's Clay Target State Tournament.

Each of the athletes listed below finished with scores of 99 or higher, to make the Fleet Farm Top Gun All-State Team:

  • Woodrow Glazer, New Prague
  • Blake Schibonski, Brainerd
  • Rubin Lyngaas, Wheaton
  • Jacob Bocock, Fairmont
  • Sam Miller, Northfield
  • Owen Novacek, Badger/Greenbush-Middle River
  • Hunter Wilts, Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg
  • Owen Moster, Roseau

After helping his New Prague Trojans capture the State Championship earlier in the day Friday, Woodrow Glazer capped off a remarkable prep trap shooting career with a score of 100 in the individual tournament. He was the only shooter with a perfect score during Friday afternoon's competition, and that made him a three-time individual State Champion. 

Information provided by the Minnesota State High School Clay Target League and the Minnesota State High School League was used in this report.