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Trapshooting success at state

The Detroit Lakes High School trapshoot team brought teams to the state tournament last weekend, with Jona Friesen placing third in state. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Enduring the wind and rain, the Detroit Lakes High School trapshooting team had a successful first showing at the state tournament.

According to Coach Perry Nodsle, the Detroit Lakes team brought seven junior varsity and five varsity shooters to the state tournament at the Alexandria Shooting Park on June 8 and 9.

“For the first year we did pretty well,” Nodsle said.

Jona Friesen, a sophomore at Detroit Lakes High School, was among five other competitors to shoot 98 out of 100. “It was a rainy day, so that (Friesen’s score) was a feat in and of itself,” Nodsle said.

The five-way tie prompted a shoot-off, and Friesen ultimately finished third overall in the Varsity High Gun Male division, earning the top placement of the Detroit Lakes shooters.

“He’ll be around for a couple more years,” Nodsle said of Friesen. “There’s time to go back and get that (state) title yet.”

Even with the unfortunate weather, there were many new high scores from the Detroit Lakes competitors.

The experience at the state tournament spells a promising future for the program, and Nodsle expressed the desire of the coaching staff to expand the team next year. There are also goals to increase fundraising in an effort to make participation more affordable and open it up to more students.

“This season we had everywhere between a seventh grade girl and two senior boys,” Nodsle said of the 17 registered students. The volunteer coaches, Nodsle, Brett Friesen, and Shawn King, taught the students about safety and worked with each skill level.

According to Nodsle, of the students enrolled this year, only Friesen had experience with trapshooting prior to joining the team.

The program’s prospects for the coming years look especially bright, with several younger athletes re-turning and the enhanced experience that students will bring back with them in the next seasons.

The Minnesota High School Clay Target League was established as a nonprofit organization in 2009 according to the organization’s website.

The state competition in Minnesota is the nation’s largest high school trapshooting tournament. Thousands of competitors from 114 teams from Minnesota were in attendance, and statewide participation has been growing steadily each year.

For more information about the Minnesota High School Clay Target League, visit their website at

Article written by Libby Larson of Detroit Lakes Newspapers