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Clay Dusters qualify for state

The Park Rapids Clay Dusters captured the Class 3A title at the 2017 Trap Shooting Championship at Alexandria on June 14 to qualify for the Minnesota Clay Target State Tournament, which will be held June 24 at the Minneapolis Gun Club in Prior Lake. The top-five teams in the 36-team Class 3A field advanced to the state tournament.

Sally Yliniemi and Cole Girtz led the way as the Park Rapids Clay Dusters captured the Class 3A title at Wednesday’s 2017 Trap Shooting Championship at Alexandria to qualify for the Minnesota Clay Target State Tournament.

Yliniemi was the top gun for females by hitting 94 of 100 targets while Girtz was the runner-up for males by hitting 97 targets. Blake Johnson tied for fourth place by hitting 97 targets, Riley Cannon tied for 14th place by hitting 95 targets and Isaac Hoverson tied for 26th place by hitting 94 targets as Park Rapids topped the 36-team field with a five-shooter team total of 477. Stillwater was second with a 473. Also advancing to state are Hibbing (471), Becker (470) and Willmar (467).

Those five Park Rapids shooters will compete at the state meet June 24 at the Minneapolis Gun Club in Prior Lake. Wyatt Newman (who tied for 26th place by hitting 94 targets) and Ean Voigt (who tied for 39th place by hitting 93 targets) will serve as alternates.

In the Junior Varsity Division, Park Rapids finished second as a team with a 434 with Zoe Flath taking first place among females (91) while Brianna Weckwerth (84) and Samantha Yliniemi (84) tied for fifth place among females. Jack Walsh tied for 11th place with an 88 and Tayden George tied for 15th place with an 86 for Park Rapids’ top JV scores among males.

Lee Edelman hit 80 targets to finish fifth for males as Park Rapids’ only shooter in the Novice Division.

Eight Park Rapids shooters had perfect scores by hitting all 25 targets in one round. Yliniemi and Girtz did it twice while Johnson, Cannon, Hoverson, Newman, Flath and Logan Veo had one perfect round each.

There were 256 males and 27 females who competed in the Class 3A division.

The meet was sponsored by the Minnesota State High School Clay Target League and the Minnesota State High School League.

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