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Hastings trap and skeet shooting teams compete at state meet

Members of the skeet team pose with their medals. Photo courtesy of Dawn Walker1 / 5
Hastings state trap team poses for a picture in Alexandria. Photo courtesy of Dawn Walker2 / 5
Lauren Skov took second in the female Novice division. Photo courtesy of Dawn Walker3 / 5
Marissa Miller finished second in the female Junior Varsity division. Photo courtesy of Dawn Walker4 / 5
Some team members show off their Conference Champion and third-place Junior Varsity awards. Photo courtesy of Dawn Walker5 / 5

The Hastings High School trap shooting team attended the 2018 Minnesota State High School Clay Target League Trap Championship on June 19 in Alexandria. Over 8,000 shooters from over 325 teams around the state competed during the nine day-tournament. Being that Hastings has the largest high school team in the state, not to mention the nation, they had 93 students (70 male and 23 female) shoot on the final day of competition.

Out of 12 teams shooting in Class 9A, Hastings placed seventh overall with 470 points. The first-place team was Bemidji with 487 points. The Raiders 13-member novice team finished fifth, the 36-member junior varsity team took third and the varsity team (44 members) finished seventh.

Placing for the males were Noah Woodward with 80-out-of-100, who tied for fifth in the Novice division, Duncan Kusant (88/100) who was sixth in the Junior Varsity division and Sam Schiller (95/100) who tied for 19th in Varsity. Hastings team-high gun females were Lauren Skov (79/100) who took second in Novice, Marissa Miller (86/100) who also finished second (in Junior Varsity) and Taylor Merritt (89/100) who tied for seventh in Varsity. Individuals that shot 25-out-of-25 at state were Adam McCallum, Brennen Kieffer, Simon Kimmes, Schiller, Wesley Sneddeker, Matthew Schmitz and Scotty Tuin. Individuals that shot 50-out-of-50 at state were Kimmes, Schiller and Tuin.

The Minnesota State High School Clay Target League recognizes the shooters with the top-100 league averages as the Minnesota State High School Clay Target League All-State Trap Team. These students receive a special All-State patch and qualify for the Minnesota State High School League State Tournament. Hastings varsity shooter Simon Kimmes qualified with a 23.7 average and had the honor of competing at the invite-only tournament in Prior

Lake on June 22. Simon shot against the top 110 shooters in the state shooting 76-out-of-100.

Skeet team lands in fourth

The Hastings skeet shooting team competed at the 2018 Minnesota State High School Clay Target League 2A Skeet Championship in Prior Lake on June 21. More than 30 high school teams featuring over 300 student-athletes competed over the two days. Overall, Hastings' 26-member team (22 male and four female) finished in fourth place out of 12 teams with 442 points, while Wayzata took first with 465 points. The Novice team finished in fifth, Junior Varsity took third and the two-member Varsity team finished in seventh.

Hastings team-high gun males were Mason Paulson (48/100) who took sixth in Novice, Aaron Steding (87/100) who won the Junior Varsity division, Luke McNamara (82/100) who took third in Junior Varsity and Cody Vieth (91/100) who tied for 13th in Varsity.

Hastings high-gun females were Jenna Anderson (60/100) who took second place in Novice and Julia Human (74/100) who finished third in Junior Varsity. Hastings did not have any females shooting for Varsity.

Tanner Kordosky was the only individual to shoot 25-out-of-25.

Like with trap, Minnesota State High School Clay Target League also recognizes the skeet shooters with the top league averages in the state. Although there is not a high school leaguetournament, these students receive a special All-State patch and get to claim being one of the best in the state. Hastings varsity shooter Jack Caturia qualified with a 22.70 average.