By Tim Schwob
The Mound Westonka High School White Hawks trap shooting team concluded its season on June 17 at the Minnesota State High School Trap Championships in Alexandria. This event runs over nine days and hosts approximately 8,500 trap shooters from more than 350 schools.
MWHS rising senior Joe Schwob scored a personal best and team high 96 out of 100 targets for the day. His score ranked him eighth out of 351 varsity level shooters overall.
2019 MWHS graduate Tyler Palmer also did very well, scoring a 92 of 100. Palmer also had a perfect second round of 25 straight. His score ranked 56th out of 351 varsity level shooters.
Rising junior Katie Clarke scored an 83 of 100, which earned her High Female for the team and tied for 42nd out of 251 JV level shooters. Clarke also had one round of 24 straight, just missing a perfect round. Tying with Clarke at 42nd was rising eighth-grader Grayson Snyder, shooting in his first state competition and also scoring an 83. Rising junior Will Weatherhead was right behind Clarke and Snyder with a score of 81 of 100.
It was good day for the team, overall and individually.
On May 28, the team wrapped up the weekly competition season by holding a pot-luck banquet and fun shoot. Varsity letters and team awards were also handed out.
- Joe Schwob, High Gun – Overall, season average of 23.20. Tied the team record set by John Koch.
- Katie Clarke, High Gun – Female, season average of 15.7.
- Rising junior Sean Weber, Most Improved Shooter, improvement of 8.2 targets over the course of the season.
- Letter winners included 2019 graduates Tyler Palmer and Cole Riley; rising seniors Carter Chase and Jordan Deering; rising juniors Will Weatherhead, Ben Ortalezaand and Tanner Kittelson; rising sophomores Drew Grinde, Maguire Musselman and Josh Engesser; rising ninth-grader Sofie Baker; and rising eighth-grader Morgan Nester.
Other notable achievements:
- Jordan Deering opened the season April 2 with a 25-straight during Practice Week #1. Deering also scored a 25-straight during Competition Week #3.
- Tyler Palmer scored a 50-straight during Practice Week #3. It was only the third time in team history.
- Joe Schwob scored a 25-straight in Week #4.
- The White Hawks had their largest team ever, with 63 members in grades 6-12.
The MWHS trap shooting team is open to Westonka Public Schools students that are at least 12 years of age and possess a Firearms Safety Certificate. For more information regarding the team, please contact Tim Schwob or Wade Clarke, co-head coaches, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For general information on the Minnesota State High School Clay Target League, go to http://mnclaytarget.com/