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Trap shooting: Cardinals sixth at state tournament

The Alexandria trap shooting team went to the Minneapolis Gun Club on Friday to compete against the top 40 programs in the state and came back with a sixth-place finish.

Alexandria shot a 480 out of a possible 500 at the tournament as St. Michael-Albertville won its second straight championship with a 491. That was six clays better than second-place New Prague and third place Park Rapids.

Each team had to pick five members of its program to shoot at the state tournament. Erik Knight, Jeremy Knight, Adam Oehlenschlager, CJ Schlosser and Adam Zimmerman got the call for the Cardinals as Jeremy Knight led the way with a 99 out of 100. Erik Knight and Oehlenschlager both shot 96s. Zimmerman shot a 95 and Schlosser finished with a 94.


The top 100 individuals by scoring average through the regular season also competed for a state title on Friday.

It's the best of the best among nearly 12,000 shooters in the Minnesota State High School Clay Target League, and the scores indicated that at the shoot. Five different students tied for first place with perfect 100s - Garrett Mourning and Kyle Dupont of St. Michal-Albertville, Benjamin Sladek of Tri-City United, Woodrow Glazer of New Prague and Jake Mader of Annandale.

Alexandria's Erik Knight and Schlosser almost joined them there. Both Knight and Schlosser shot 99s to tie for sixth place with reverse runs of 96 that determined tiebreakers. Jeremy Knight also shot a 99 and tied for ninth with a reverse run of 20.

Zimmerman shot a 96 in the individual tournament to tie for 42nd. Alexandria's Nicolas Witt, Owen Weisel and Oehlenschlager all busted 94 to tie for 70th.

Brandon-Evansville's Michael Schroeder also competed and tied for 42nd with a 96. Ashby's Austin Schroeder tied for 95th with a 90

Eric Morken

Eric Morken is the sports and outdoor editor at the Echo Press and Osakis Review newspapers in Douglas County, MN. Follow him on Twitter at echo_sports.

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