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Trapshooting: Clay Dusters place fourth in conference during fall league

McKenzie Girtz, Aaron McDonald led the way for Park Rapids during the five-week league.

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McKenzie Girtz had the top score among females in leading the Park Rapids Clay Dusters to fourth place in the Class 1A Conference 11 standings of the Minnesota State High School Clay Target Fall League.

Girtz hit an average of 23.50 out of 25 targets during the five-week fall league, which concluded on Oct. 31. That ranked Girtz in a tie for fifth place among females and a tie for 46th overall of all the competitors in the 17 conferences. A total of 128 teams competed in the fall league. Duluth East’s Abigail Malecha had the top average among females at 24.10.

Park Rapids posted scores of 1,740.50 points in Week 1, 2,282 in Week 2, 2,267.50 in Week 3, 1,640.50 in Week 4 and 1,860 in Week 5 for a total of 9,790.50. Albert Lea led the Conference 11 standings with 12,563 points with United South Central second at 12,418 and Minnewaska Area third at 11,178.50. Following the Clay Dusters were Fairmont (8,376), Eastview (8,055.50), Goodhue (7,442.50), PACT Charter (4,807.50) and Elk River (3,866.50).

In the conference rankings for the Clay Dusters, Aaron McDonald tied for ninth place with a 22.90 average, Mason Eischens tied for 13th place with a 22.50 average, Avery Kapaun tied for 16th with a 22.30 average and Alex Eischens tied for 23rd place with a 21.80 average for males while Lexi Smykalski finished 21st with a 14.25 average and Kyla Mercil finished 25th with a 12.25 average among females.

Albert Lea’s Mason Rufdal had the top average in the conference at 24.20 while Pequot Lakes’ Cooper Johnson had the top overall average in the fall league at 24.60.

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