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HHS trap and skeet team finishes first week of competition

High school trap and skeet shooting continues to be the fastest growing high school activity in Minnesota with over 11,040 athletes participating this spring. This season the Hastings trap team topped out at 118 with 18 of those being from the middle school. This is the third season for the Hastings skeet team, which was limited to 27.

Once again, the 2017 trap team is the largest in the country. The Minnesota Clay Target League determines conferences by team size rather than location for fair competition. Hastings' trap team is in Class 9A Conference 2 along with Albany, Farmington, Lakeville South, Lakeville North, Marshall, Nicollet and Northfield, while Hastings' skeet team is in Class 1A Conference 4 along with Grand Rapids, Lakeville South, Perham, St. Thomas Academy and Wayzata. The competition is virtual because each team shoots at their own shooting facility each week and then enters their scores into a league-wide database. Athletes can set up a performance tracker account and monitor their progress as well as where they stand in rank with every shooter in the state.

The season consists of two practice weeks, one reserve week and five competition weeks followed by two weeks of state practice. The first competition week has already been completed. The Hastings trap team took third with 17,034 points. Northfield took first place with 18,034 points and Lakeville South was second with 18,208. Trap top-25 averages by conference on the team were males Noah Bzoskie (23.50), Colton Cassidy (23.50), Ben Route (23), and Matthew Beissel (23) and female Caitlyn Wagner (19).

The Hastings skeet team took third with 404.5 total points. Lakeville South took first place with 535 points and Wayzata was second with 476. Dylan Chamberlain (23) placed in the skeet conference top 25 and state overall top 25. Others in the skeet conference top 25 were males Mitchell Johnson (22), Dawson Hobbs (22), Ben Route (21.5), Logan Litschke (21) and females Kiera McBeath (13.50), Elli Walker (13) and Caitlyn Wagner (12).

Already this season we would like to congratulate the following "Straight Shooters": Garrett Rother, Dawson Hobbs, Simon Kimmes, Cody Wagner (three times), Matthew Schmitz, Ben Route (two), Sam Morrison, Joshua Juelfs, Dylan Chamberlain (one), and Noah Bzoskie. Straight 25 for skeet was Dylan Chamberlain.

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