The St. Michael-Albertville clay trap shooters claimed first place for a second year in a row at the Minnesota State High School Trapshooting Tournament held in Alexandria. The team also had strong showings from the junior varsity and novice squads. This year, there were 115 high school teams, representing 215 participating schools.
The Novice Level competition started Friday, June 7 and STMA, comprised of first-year team participants Calvin Reese, Austin Seidel, Collin Hanson, Alaina Felt, and Brendan Kolehmainen all had a great day. They combined for a team total of 271 X 375 for a strong 13th place finish. The team was led by Reese with a score of 60 X 75, with the others following close behind.
The JV competition took place on Saturday, June 8, with STMA getting off to a good start in the morning half of the competition, and maintained very well in the afternoon half as well. The team finished 10th with a total of 432 targets hit out of 500. The JV team was led by Andrew Lindenfelser, with a score of 88 X 100, followed by Devin Domingo (87), Nick Norby (87), Allie Steffens (86), and Alex Faust (84). The five provided the top five scores on the team, to post as the team total.
The varsity competition took place Sunday, June 9 and the varsity team woke up to find less than ideal weather conditions to compete in. A driving rain and wind from the east with gusts up to 20 miles per hour awaited them on the field.
The morning portion of the competition started in sideways rain at 9 a.m. The varsity team of 23 ended the morning half of competition not quite where they were hoping to be, but in pretty good shape.
STMA’s top five scores had lost 13 out of the first 250 targets, netting a 237 X 250. This limited them to a potential top score for the day at 487 if the afternoon session went perfectly.
While there was no improvement in the weather for the afternoon session, there was a massive improvement in the entire team’s scores. During the second half of competition, STMA team’s top five scorers lost only 4 targets for a score of 246 X 250, ending with 483 out of 500 to capture the title.
The team was led by Tom Mavencamp and his score of 98 X 100. Colton Schoen (97), Tyler Ellison (97), Max Rooney (96), and Emma Olson (95) finished right behind. Hastings finished two targets behind with a 481 X 500, followed by Hopkins with 475 X 500.
The Knights were coached by varsity head coach Scott Berning, assistant coaches Al Cleveland, Shawn Dutton, Alex Steffens, Ted Steffens, Dennis Berning, Erik Felt, Dave Olson, and Larry Lindahl. Team Manager is Joyce Olson.
“It was really nice to see 45 of our team of 48 compete at the state tournament and our staff is very proud of each and every one of them,” stated Berning. “Our team will be graduating some key leaders, but with the performances of the Novice and JV teams, in addition to returning varsity shooters, we have reason to be very optimistic that we have several ready to step up to be leaders and high end contributors next year.”
Emma Olson: State Tournament Individual Female Champion; All Conference High Average – Female; Conference 13A High Average – Female
Colton Schoen: All Conference High Average – Male; All Conference High Average – Overall; Conference 13A High Average – Male
Tommy Mavencamp: State Tournament 4th Place Tie overall Individual