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Trap Shooting: Cardinals win Conference 4 title

Staples-Motley's trap team posted 22,414.5 points over five weeks to win the Class 3A Conference 4 title.

The Cardinals topped Maple Grove, which accumulated 21,053 points, using the league's true team scoring system. Each of the eight teams in the conference used the top 28 scores from their 34-35 shooters and accumulated team points based on their shooters' weekly scores.

Freshman Dominick Carlson, averaging 24.2 clays/round, and junior Jack Benson, averaging 23.6 clays/round, placed second and third, respectively, in the conference. These two individuals also made the top 100 shooters in the state which qualifies them for the Minnesota State High School League state individual shoot in June.

The team had seven boys in the top 25 in the conference—Dominick Carlson, Jack Benson, Keith Rollins, Evan Nanik, Ancher Nelsen, Owen Bjerga and Ethan Lingenfelter.

Autumn Nelsen, Abby DiGiovanni and Hailey Owen placed in the top 25 for the conference on the girls side.

The trap team will compete in the Minnesota State High School Clay Target League team championships June 13 at Alexandria Shooting Park. The top 40 team scores will qualify for the MSHSL state team championships at Prior Lake.

SM's skeet team placed third in Class 1A, Conference 1, behind Forest Lake and Coon Rapids. Jack Benson finished fourth in the conference with an average of 20.4 clays/round.

In May, the trap team participated in the second Mid-State Conference trap shoot in Detroit Lakes. S-M placed fifth with a score of 204/250. Owen Bjerga earned all-conference honors with his 47/50 score. Ethan Lingenfelter earned honorable mention with his 44/50 score.