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Five Raiders trapshooters turn in perfect 25s

The Hastings trapshooting team tied for first place at a recent tournament at the South St. Paul Rod and Gun Club.

The YESS4MN tournament paid out a $5,000 contribution to the team’s endowment fund because of their strong finish.

“YESS4MN is a nonprofit organization which introduces supports and educates youth and coaches in shooting sports and wildlife conservation,” said one of the team’s coaches, Troy Weathers. “The mission of the organization is to introduce youth to the outdoors using hands-on competitive shooting sports and wildlife/habitat conservation.  This is a vehicle to safe firearm handling and introduction to outdoor activities that youth and parents can share together for a lifetime.”

That wasn’t the only good news for the Raiders.

This week, five students hit a perfect 25 straight targets. They were freshman Matthew Schmitz, sophomore Cole Klaus and seniors Jacob Robinson and Eli Robinson. The last of those five, the team’s top shooter for the week, was sophomore William McBeath. He hit his first 50 targets.

The following shooters shot 45 out of the 50 targets or better: Will Bentson, Matthew Blount, William Caturia, Dan Eggert, Christopher Haas, Nick Holm, Cole Klaus, Samuel Latt, William McBeath,  Brendan McCabe, Eli Robinson, Jacob Robinson, John Schmitz, Matthew Schmitz, Rachel Stancer-Prokop, Dmitri Wagner, Michael Wardell and Michael Woodward.

With one more week of competition ahead the Hastings Raiders Trap Team is sitting on top of the conference.  The No. 1 male shooter in our conference is Michael Wardell with a season average of 23.83.  Seven of the top 10 shooters in the conference are Hastings students.  On the women’s side, four of the top 10 are Hastings girls.  The No. 1 female spot is currently held in a tie with Gabbie Riveness from Hastings and a Stillwater student. 

Their average score is 21.50.

Regular season

The final weekly competition ends May 25-26.  Everyone is always invited to come and watch this group of 97 high school students shoot at the South St. Paul Gun Club. The club shoots on Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. and on Monday from 3 p.m. until dark.


The 2014 Minnesota State High School Clay Target League hosts the world’s largest youth trapshooting tournament.

With 6,100 student athletes participating in the Minnesota State High School Clay Target League’s spring league, the 2014 championship expects to draw more than 4,200 participants and 10,000 attendees to the Alexandria Shooting Park in Alexandria from June 6-10.  The entire Hastings High School Trap Team will be competing on Tuesday, June 10.

The No. 1 overall high score shooter at the 2013 competition was Brendan McCabe of Hastings.  Brendan will be returning this year to defend his title.  Those teams and students that qualify will also be invited to the state tournament, which will be held June 14 at the Minneapolis Gun Club in Prior Lake.