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DLHS trap shooters headed to first-ever state championship

Detroit Lakes trap shooters Micah Calderon, Tyler Lawrence, Brandon Dahring, Forrest Schleske and Josh Weber are headed to the state championships this weekend. SUBMITTED PHOTO

It was a fine day at the shooting range for the Detroit Lakes Trap Shooting team during the Minnesota State High School Clay Target League Championships in Alexandria this past Friday and Saturday.

The Lakers will not only send their team to the first-ever Minnesota State High School Trapshooting Championships, but also have two who earned individual berths in the High Gun state meet.

The DL varsity boys’ squad had a score of 459 out of 500, which was good for eighth place and a spot in the MSHSL state meet.

The shooters were Calvin Nodsle (96x100 score), Colton Davis (94x100), Ricky Borash (90x100), Josh Weber (90x100) and Forrest Schleske (89x100).

The Laker duo of Nodsle and Jona Friesen each qualified individually, as well.

The Minnesota State High School Trapshooting Championships will be held at the Minneapolis Gun Club in Lakeville, Saturday, June 14.

The Frazee Trapshooting boys’ team earned 400 points and was led by Abe Johannes’ 94 x 100 score.

Perry Nodsle is the DL head coach.

There were 3,948 registered prep shooters and near 15,000 spectators in Alexandria for the event, including a stop by Governor Mark Dayton Monday.

There were 6,100 student-athletes who were out for trapshooting in Minnesota over the course of the spring season.

Frazee Trapshooting team has good season

The Frazee Trap Team earned Conference Runner-up during the spring season and collected its trophy at the Class 1A tournament in Alexandria over the weekend.

In addition to the team earning runner-up honors on the regular season, Abe Johannes was won top 3 honors for his season average.

“The inaugural trap season for Frazee was a huge success,” said head coach Jim Rader. “Co-head coach Tim Roble and I was very impressed with the young Hornets, and we are hopeful that the program will grow next year, as we only had two seniors on the squad.”

“Those seniors, Abe Johannes and Nate Starry, were solid competitors and will certainly be missed, but the progress made by the underclassmen bodes well for the future, and we believe the team will be very solid again next season.”

The Frazee trap team would like to thank the parents for their support, as well as the school or allowing us to field a team in the fastest growing high school league activity in the state.

“In spite of being one of the 10 smallest teams in the state this year, with our squad comprising only one percent of the athletes at the Class 1A tournament, we finished higher than about half the teams,” Rader said.

“With word spreading of our success, and more people learning about the program, we will certainly have more people out next season.

“One of the biggest obstacles to participation has been the $300 expense per athlete, but thanks to donations from the Frazee Sportsmans Club, the Cormorant Sportsmans Club, and the local Tip organization, we hope to be able reduce costs next season opening up the door for more kids to join.”

Minnesota State High School Clay Target League Championships in Alexandria, Friday-Tuesday, June 6-10

DL High Gun boys’ results (8th, state qualifier) – Calvin Nodsle 96, Colton Davis 94, Ricky Borash 90, Josh Weber 90, Forrest Schleske 89, Brandon Dahring 87, Jona Friesen 87, Micah Calderon 86, Tyler Lawrence 86, Alex Willette 74

Frazee High Gun boys’ results (400 points) – Abe Johannes 94, Jacob Roble 81, William Pihlaja 78, Caleb Irish 76, Nate Starry 71, Jack Mickelson 61, Tommy Christenson 60

Frazee High Gun girls’ results – Mazie Kivi-Lex 59