Medford Takes 13th at State Clay Target Tournament
The Medford trap shooting team took 13th place out of 30 teams at the MSHSL-sponsored state clay target tournament Saturday in Prior Lake.
Medford's five shooters connected on 451 of the 500 targets they shot at for a 13th place finish at the Minneapolis Gun Club. The team champion was Lakeville South with 464. All teams, regardless of enrollment or team size, competed in one class for this event. The 30-team field represented six classes of teams from the recent tournament in Alexandria. This was the second year the Minnesota State High School League sponsored a clay target tournament.
Medford was led by Jake and Zach Gedicke, who each shot 94. Ricky Iverson shot 91 targets, Tate Romnes 89 and Nick Meixner 83. Team alternates Brennan Hanson and Wyatt Volkmann shot as individuals and each had a score of 94. The Tigers are coached by Tim Larson.
NRHEG's Frank Altrichter shot 91 in the individual tournament. A perfect 100 was the top total for the day, shot by Fairmont's Bryan Grotte. The top 100 individuals were invited to the state tournament based on their scores from the five-week regular season.
Trap shooting has been a high school sport in Minnesota since 2001 when it started with three teams and 30 shooters. In 2015, nearly 300 teams represented more than 400 schools and about 8,600 shooters. Locally, Blooming Prairie and Triton also support teams. Blooming Prairie won its conference during the regular season.