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Trapshooting: Hanoski perfect at nationals

Little Falls native Michael Hanowski won the National High School Rodeo Association trapshooting championship in July.

Little Falls High School graduate Michael Hanowski took concentration to a new level at the National High School Rodeo Association trapshooting national championship this past July in Gillette, Wyo.

Hanowski shot a perfect score of 100 to earn his first NHSRA championship.

"It was just a surreal feeling," Hanowski said. "I never even thought I had a chance at taking nationals. I got 10th last year and I was honestly just hoping I'd get around 10th again."

Hanowski not only won the national championship, but he did it without missing a point. Hanowski scored four sets of 25 to complete the perfect 100.

"I've gotten 25 before, but not four in a row like this," Hanowski said. "I felt more concentrated than normal. After the first three rounds I just thought to myself 'this is for real now.' It was an incredible feeling when I was finished."

Trapshooting is one of the fastest growing sports in the United States and Hanowski was instrumental in kicking off the sport at Little Falls.

"I stepped up and organized the trapshooting group because I knew a lot of kids would want to shoot," Hanowski said. "It was slow at first, but now that it's going I think I left it in a good spot."

When most people hear the last name Hanowski they think of the family that is synonymous with hockey.

"When people ask me how I'm related I tell them that we are the Hanowskis that do all the other sports," Hanowski said. "Ben [Hanowski] is my [distant] cousin but with the same last name I always get asked about the sports I play."

Even though Hanowski won the NHSRA national trapshooting championship, his success didn't come until after he graduated.

"I'm a lot better now than I was in high school," Hanowski said. "NSHRA and high school league trapshooting are two different things. I've been more competitive in NSHRA."

Hanowski plans to attend North Dakota State University in the fall and is keeping his options open.

"When I get there I will probably look around and see if there are any good opportunities to keep trapshooting," Hanowski said. "I don't really have any set plans for it in the future."