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Clay Target Shooting: Warriors head for first MSHSL tournament

The Brainerd Warriors trapshooting team will compete in the first Minnesota State High School League State tournament Saturday at the Minneapolis Gun Club in Prior Lake.

After Saturday's Minnesota Clay Target League state championship at Alexandria, Brainerd missed top honors by eight targets, ending up fourth out of a field of 38 Class 2A schools with over 800 shooters, which qualified the Warriors for state.

The Warrior varsity scored 461 out of 500 with top honors going to Hibbing with a score of 469. Wyatt Macheel was high gun for the Warrior varsity with 94 out of 100. Austin Gapinski lead the Warrior junior varsity with a 94 and came in second overall in 2A.

Brainerd had five perfects scores (25s) during the championship match. They were by David Mars, Nick Mc Cullough, Sam Jensen, Carter Close, and Austin Gapinski.

Austin Malone bettered all 1,180 shooters in 2A to receive the high gun award with an average score of 23.2.

The overall 2A winner was Racheal Stoddard of Hibbing with a perfect score of 100 targets broken in a row.

Representing Brainerd at the state tournament are, Austin Malone, Collin French, Nick McCullough, Carter Close, Sam Jensen, David Mars, Wyatt Macheel and Adam Schulke.

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