Clay Target: Clay Dusters move into second place in conference standings

McKenzie Girtz and Alex Eischens lead the way for Park Rapids in Week 3 of the Minnesota State High School Clay Target League.

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HUNTERSVILLE – McKenzie Girtz continues to top the female competitors in the Class 3A Conference 4 standings after Week 3 of the Minnesota State High School Clay Target League Spring Season.

Girtz hit 48 of 50 targets for a 23.83 average, which shares fourth place among all females in the spring league standings. Duluth East’s Abigail Malecha and Spring Grove’s Ashlyn Hammel and Taylor Reinhardt share the top spot with 24.17 averages. Park Rapids’ Maggie Kay Carter hit 28 targets and sits in 25th place in the conference with a 12.83 average.

For the male competitors for the Park Rapids Clay Dusters, Alex Eischens hit 47 targets to place third in the conference standings with a 22.67 average. Aaron McDonald hit 42 targets in Week 3 to share fifth place in the conference with a 22.33 average, Andrew Bittmann hit 42 targets to share 14th place with a 21.33 average and Mason Eischens hit 47 targets to share 21st place with a 21.00 average. Pillager’s Andy Grell tops the conference standings with a 24.17 average. Four competitors top the overall standings with 24.83 averages. That group features Benson’s Gabe Abner, Big Lake’s Brady Plattner, Spring Grove’s Camron Kraus and East Ridge’s Jeffrey Blake Reed Jr.

Other averages for the Clay Dusters are Hunter Bozovsky (20.67), Matt Lichter (20.33), Wyatt Kosekla (20.17), Isaac Zinniel (19.83), Avery Kapaun (19.50), Cooper Sharp (19.33), Jacob Lof (18.67), Ridglley Clark (18.00) and Cameron Swanson (17.83).

The Clay Dusters scored 2,948.50 points in Week 3 for a total of 8,282 points to pass Bagley for second place. Pillager scored 3,100.50 points and has 9,911 points after three weeks while Bagley had 2,689 points for a total of 8,132.50. Rounding out the nine-team conference standings are Blackduck (7,337.50), St. Charles (7,269.50), Hopkins (6,773.50), Walker-Hackensack-Akeley (6,641), Two Harbors (5,507.50) and Isle (4,729.50).


Menahga scored 705 points in Week 3 and sits in sixth place in the Class 1A Conference 10 standings. The Bird Busters have 2,061.50 points after three weeks with Howard Lake-Waverly leading the conference with 3,536.50 points.

Among Menahga’s conference leaders among females are Erica Johnson (fourth with a 20.17 average), Jordyn Novak (13th with a 15.00 average) and DeVyana Pedersen (22nd with a 12.00 average). Goodridge’s Paige Burns has the top average of 23.33.

Menahga’s top competitor for males is Tanner Trombley, who shares 37th place with a 20.17 average. International Falls’ Tyrel Shoberg has the top male average of 23.67.

The Clay Dusters dominate the Class 1A Conference 13 fall league.

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