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Park Rapids places 24th at state meet

Park Rapids' clay shooting team finished 24th out of 38 teams at last Saturday's Minnesota State High School League State Clay Target Tournament at the Minneapolis Gun Club in Prior Lake.

Park Rapids finished with a 442 with Nathaniel Barrett leading the way by hitting 94 of 100 clay targets. Barrett had rounds of 24, 22, 23 and 25. Cole Girtz had rounds of 21, 24, 22 and 24 for a score of 91 while Ean Voigt hit 90 targets with rounds of 20, 23, 23 and 24. Arianne Warmbold used rounds of 22, 22, 22 and 18 for a score of 84 while Charley Walsh hit 83 targets with rounds of 20, 21, 21 and 21 to round out the five-member team. This marked Park Rapids' first trip to the state tournament.

New Prague won the team title with a 480 while St. Michael-Albertville (471) and Bemidji (470) followed. Kimball's Jack Knaus won the individual title by hitting all 100 targets.

At the 3A League Championship at Alexandria, Park Rapids finished second with a 469 to qualify for state. At that tournament, Walsh hit 95 targets, Barrett hit 94 targets, and Girtz, Voigt and Warmbold hit 87 targets.

Minnesota is the only state in the country to conduct a state high school association-sponsored clay target tournament. Trapshooting is a sport of movement, action and split-second timing. It requires the skill to repeatedly point, fire and break 4 ¼-inch discs that are tossed through the air at a speed of 41 miles per hour. The only requirement is all participants are required to obtain a state Firearms Safety Training Certificate.