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High school clay target program continues to grow in Minnesota, North Dakota

GRAND FORKS - The popularity of clay target shooting continues to grow at the high school level, and 26,678 Minnesota student athletes representing 1,042 high school teams and 1,696 North Dakota students from 63 high schools are participating this spring in league programs, officials say.

The leagues are affiliated with the USA High School Clay Target League, the largest high school clay target shooting program in the nation, with more than 32,000 students participating during the 2018-19 school year.

“Clay target shooting as an activity for high school athletes continues to grow rapidly,” John Nelson, president of the USA High School Clay Target League, said in a statement. “The record-setting growth we’ve seen shows the demand for alternative high school activities related to America’s longstanding outdoor traditions.”

High schools in Alabama, Arkansas, Idaho, North Carolina and Wyoming joined the league this spring, bringing the total number of league-affiliated state programs to 25. More than 7,200 volunteers serve as coaches, range safety officers and provide additional support.

Open to all of the state’s student trapshooters, North Dakota’s Trap Shooting State Tournament is set for June 15-16 at The Shooting Park in Horace, N.D. The Skeet Shooting State Tournament will be June 14, also at the Horace facility.

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