Clay Target: Park Rapids concludes impressive season

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

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The Park Rapids Clay Dusters concluded an impressive season by winning the Class 1A Conference 13 title in the Minnesota State High School Clay Target Fall League.

Aaron McDonald and Avery Kapaun both hit 49 out of 50 targets while Alex Eischens and Cooper Sharp both hit 48 targets and Mary Kay Carter hit 35 targets in the final week to lead the Clay Dusters. Park Rapids compiled 2,814 points in Week 5 for a total of 14,760 points. Austin finished a distant second in the overall conference standings with 13,850 points while Elk River (10,735), Marshall (10,192.50), Mounds View (7,910.50), Plainview-Elgin-Millville (7,597.50) and Pine Island (6,836.50) rounded out the seven-team league standings.

Park Rapids dominated the conference with 12 boys and two girls finishing among the top 25 competitors. Alex Eischens led the conference with a 24.40 average with McDonald (23.80), Kapaun (23.70), Mason Eischens (23.10) and Sharp (23.00) following. Cameron Swanson tied for ninth at 22.60, Silas Carter was 12th at 22.40, Wyatt Koskela tied for 14th at 21.90, Hunter Bozovsky finished tied for 16th at 21.80, Zachery Paurus was tied for 19th at 21.70, Matt Lichter placed 21st at 21.60 and Isaac Zinniel tied for 24th at 21.30.

Among females, Maggie Kay Carter finished eighth with an 18.30 average while Grace McCloud was 18th at 15.40. Austin’s Carrie Whiteaker led the conference females with a 21.40 average.

In the overall standings, Connor Danielson of Ortonville and Zale Bashleck of United South Central shared the overall lead among males with 24.80 averages while Fertile-Beltrami’s Kerra Ramsey was the top female with a 24.60 average. Alex Eischens finished ninth overall, McDonald was tied for 27th, Kapaun was tied for 31st and Mason Eischens was tied for 100th in the overall standings.


In Week 3, Alex Eischens hit a perfect 50 targets, Kapaun hit 48 targets, McDonald and Swanson hit 47 targets, Mason Eischens hit 45 targets, and Sharp and Carter hit 44 targets while Maggie Kay Carter was the top female for the Clay Dusters by hitting 37 targets as Park Rapids scored 2,821 points. Austin topped the seven-team field with 2,835 points.

In Week 4, Alex Eischens and Mason Eischens each hit 49 targets, McDonald and Swanson hit 45 targets, Kapaun hit 44 targets, Sharp hit 43 targets, and Mary Kay Carter hit 34 targets as the Clay Dusters finished second in the conference with 3,025 points. Austin led the conference with 3,053 points.

The five-week fall league was comprised of 18 conferences and 131 teams.

The Clay Dusters have seven competitors among the top 10 in the conference.

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