The newly formed Central Lakes College trap shooting club placed third in its inaugural season in the USA College Clay Target League’s fall season.

The 15-member coed team competed for six weeks against Southwest Wisconsin Technical College, which won the conference, The University of Minnesota, Crookston, Bemidji State and Mitchell Technical Institute.

CLC’s Tyler Fleischhacker finished the season with a perfect score of 50 and was the top scorer for the team with an average of 23.6 targets broken per round (25 targets). Fleischhacker ranked 4th in the conference out of 116 competitors. In the league’s female rankings, CLC’s Kaitlyn Olson finished 5th followed by Kasondraann Schrecongost-Gale who was 6th and Ann Pugh 8th.

CLC coaches Mike Hammer and Erich Heppner said they were very pleased with the success of the team.

“Most of our team members came from a Minnesota high school trap team,” Heppner said. “All came with the skills needed for success.”

Hammer added: “Each week they were ready to bring their best to the range and break targets one at a time. Trap shooting requires both skill and mental toughness to consistently break targets. Awareness is growing among CLC students and we expect to field a team of 20 or more next season.”