Minneapolis, MN – For nine days, over 8,100 student athletes representing 343 Minnesota high school teams competed for individual and team achievements in Novice, Junior Varsity and Varsity classifications.
Each Class - from 1A to 9A – was scheduled on an individual day at the Alexandria Shooting Park in Alexandria, MN. Along with individual competitions, the top three Novice, Junior Varsity, and Varsity teams each day also took home awards. Unfortunately, inclement weather forced the cancellation of the 1A event on June 11th.
“Only 7 years ago it took one day for just 200 athletes to compete,” said Jim Sable, President of the MNSHSCTL. “This year took place over nine days and drew more than 30,000 spectators.“
The 2018 Trap Shooting Championship was also the team-qualifying event for the 2018 State Clay Target Tournament presented by the Minnesota State High School League. In addition to 114 individuals who qualified based on their performance throughout the season, 40 teams qualified at the Trap Shooting Championship to compete for the ultimate recognition as MSHSL State Champions on June 22, 2018 at the Minneapolis Gun Club in Prior Lake, Minnesota. The Minnesota State High School League was the first and is the only state high school interscholastic athletic association in America to provide support and recognition for trap shooting as a high school sport.
Generous supporters for the Trap Shooting Championship include: Alexandria Technical & Community College, U.S. Army, Dream It Do It Minnesota, Cabela’s Outdoor Fund, Federal Premium Ammunition, Friends Of NRA, HybridLight, Joe’s Sporting Goods, Minnesota Deer Hunters Association, Mark Zauhar, National Wild Turkey Federation, Outdoor News, Runnings, SCHEELS, Sportsman’s Guide, and Walker’s.
This year nearly 12,000 student athletes representing 349 high school teams participated in the 2018 spring season. They were coached and supported by over 4,000 volunteers.
The Minnesota State High School Clay Target League is an affiliate of the USA High School Clay Target League, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. The League is an independent provider of shooting sports as an extracurricular co-ed and adaptive activity for high schools and students in grades 6 through 12. The organization’s priorities are safety, fun, and marksmanship – in that order.
Nationwide, over 26,000 student athletes representing over 800 school-approved teams participated in the League during the 2017-18 school year.