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Raider trapshooters get perfect score from Wardell

The Hastings High School trapshooting team completed its first round of competition during the week ending April 25.

“The two weeks of practice and one week of reserve shooting are past us and now we get down to business,” said head coach Earl Robinson. 

Highlights for the week included the team’s first perfect score of 25 for a round, shot by Michael Wardell. A perfect score is recognized by the league and the South St. Paul Gun club with a special patch that the student can display. 

The top score of 47 for two rounds was shot by senior Nick Holm.  Not far behind were Ryan McNamara, Jacob Robinson, Garrett Tuin and Michael Wardell, each shooting a score of 46.  The top women’s score of 43 was shot by senior Rachel Stancer-Prokop.  She was closely followed by Gabbie Riveness with a 42.  The strong winds did not seem to matter to these top shooters.

The season

There were 98 registered shooters on the team at the start of this season and 16 volunteer coaches. Fifty-one percent of the athletes are new to the team and 21 of them are girls. 

The student-athletes shoot two rounds of 25 back-to-back at clay targets released in front of them at various degrees of angles while standing 16 yards from the release point of the targets.  The students shoot from five stations and rotate to each station after five shots.