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Area high school students showed off their shooting skills at the recent 2013 State FFA Trap Shoot competition in Marshall

October 5, 2013
Story, photo by Jenny Kirk , Marshall Independent

MARSHALL

More than 250 high school students set their sights high at the 2013 State FFA Trap Shoot competition Saturday, which was hosted by the Marshall FFA chapter.

Students from across the state of Minnesota had the opportunity to take part in three different contests - trap shoot, skeet and sporting clays - while at Redwood River Sportsman Club and Shooter Sporting Clays.

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Maria Turbes of Wabasso takes aim during the skeet shoot competition at the 2013 State FFA Trap Shoot competition Saturday near Marshall.

"It thought it went really well," said Jason Kaare, Marshall FFA adviser. "It went a lot more smoothly than I thought it might. There are just so many variables involved, with teams coming in and with guns having issues, that it's easy to get behind. But it went well. The kids shot for 12 straight hours."

Kaare noted that the FFA Shoot was the second-largest FFA event in Minnesota, behind the state convention. Regardless of whether the student's aim is to participate, compete or develop skills for hunting, it's a positive use of time, Kaare said.

"There are skills they can learn that can help them in the future," he said. "For some, it might be hunting in the future and for others, it might be something they can be proud of. Some kids might not be good at other activities, so this can be their time to shine."

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STATE SKEET SHOOT SCORES

Team Results: 1. Medford (64); 2. Marshall (64); 3. Tracy Area (64); 4. JCC (62); 5. Alden Conger (62); 6. Redwood (58); 7. Minneota (58); 8. Wabasso (56); 9. WWG (56); 10. Fulda (55); 11. RTR (51); 12. MCW (46); 13. Winona (43); 14. BOLD (39); 15. Pipestone (37); 16. HLWW (36); 17. ACGC (35); 18. Blue Earth (34); 19. Windom (33).

Area shooters in Top 20

1. Spencer VanOverbeke (Marshall) 21; 2. Blake Salmon (Tracy) 20; 7. Troy Trost (Marshall) 17; 8. Clark Davis (Minneota) 17; Justin Buysse (Minneota) 17; 13. Tyler Schoborg (WWG) 16; Matt Zeug (Wabasso) 16; 18. Jacob Peterson (RTR) 16; 19. Jake Kern (Tracy) 15.

Marshall Individual Results: Spencer VanOverbeke 21, Troy Trost 17, Rusty Swanson 14, Cody Bernardy 12, Jonnie Weets 11.

Tracy Individual Results: Blake Salmon 20, Jake Kern 15, Caleb Christian 15, Justin LeClaire 14, Devon Luchhardt 11.

Minneota Individual Results: Clark Davis 17, Justin Buysse 17, Alex Guttormsson 13, Joseph Buysse 11.

Wabasso Individual Results: Matt Zeug 16, Nick Ludwig 11, Carl Swedzinski 11, Maria Turbes 10, Brian Swedzinski 8.

WWG Individual Results: Tyler Schoborg 16, Jake Otto 14, Andrew Peterson 13, Matt Otto 12, Eli Gundermann 12.

RTR Individual Results: Jacob Peterson 16, Jerry Wichern 14, Mason Williams 11, Jason Honebrink 10, Dustin William 7.

STATE TRAP SHOOT SCORES

Team Results: 1. Redwood (160); 2. Mountain Lake Area (158); 3. Medford (153); 4. Winona (151); 5. Alden Conger (149); 6. Canby (144); 7. RTR (138); 8. USC (138); 9. JCC (137); 10. Zumbrota (133); 11. WWG (132); 12. MCW (130); 13. Marshall (128); 14. Mountain Lake Area 2 (128); 15. Tracy (127); 16. Marshall 2 (125); 17. Lakeview (124); 18. JCC 2 (124); 19. Sleepy Eye (123); 20. MACCRAY 2 (122); 21. Alden Conger 2 (121); 22. Windom (120); 23. WWG 2 (120); 24. Springfield (120); 25. Cedar Mountain (120); 26. WWG 3 (119); 27. Southland (115); 28. Windom 2 (113); 29. Wabasso 2 (108); 30. Willmar (108); 31. HLWW (107); 32. BOLD (107); 33. ACGC (105); 34. Chisago Lakes (104); 35. Long Prairie 2 (103); 36. Long Prairie (103); 37. Windom 3 (101); 38. ACGC 3 (100); 39. Canby 2 (100); 40. Hutchinson (99); 41. Pipestone (98); 42. MCW 2 (93); 43. Wabasso 3 (93); 44. Fulda (92); 45. Glencoe (91); 46. Chisago Lakes 2 (90); 47. Minneota (89); 48. Blue Earth; 49. Pipestone 2 (88); 50. ACGC (85); 51. Canby 3 (76); 52. JCC 3 (64); 53. BOLD 2 (62); 54. HLWW 2 (61); 55. Tracy (61); 56. Cedar Mountain 2 (55); 57. Wabasso (49); 58. Blue Earth (39); 59. Marshall 3 (39); 60. Aitkin (36); MACCRAY (12).

Area shooters in Top 20

11. Andy Lefkin (Canby) 42; 7. Matt Zeug (Wabasso) 40; 18. Walker Christians (Westbrook-Walnut Grove) 38; Michael Peterson (Canby) 38.

Canby Individual Results: Andy Lefkin 42, Michael Peterson 38, Mitchel Johanson 27, Bryce Gorder 27. Canby 2 Individual Results: Parker Anhault 32, Cody Fairchild 30, Nick Prokop 23, Austin Polejewski 15.

RTR Individual Results: Dustin Williams 36, Mason Williams 35, Jason Honebrink 35, Mason Johnson 32, Jerry Wichern 25.

Marshall Individual Results: Spencer VanOverbeke 37, Rusty Swanson 33, Troy Trost 31, Cody Bernardy 27, Eli Welu 24. Marshall 2 Individual Results: Justin Stattelman 34, Jonnie Weets 32, Riley Swanson 32, Nate Bailey 27, Rachel Landmark 23. Marshall 3 Individual Results: Nathan Leach 21, Spencer Rekedal 18.

Tracy Area 2 Individual Results: Caleb Christian 34, Jake Kern 31, Blake Salmon 31, Justin LeClaire 31. Tracy Area Individual Results: Devon Luckhardt 30, Owen West 28, Scott Lanoue 3.

Lakeview Individual Results: Dustin Doose 35, Cody Swanson 32, Cody St. Aubin 32, Jacob Kesteloot 25, Cody Doose 21.

WWG 2 Individual Results: Matt Otto 32, AJ Quade 31, Anthony Kock 29, Tyson Elzenga 28, Andrew Quade 17.

Wabasso 2 Individual Results: Matt Zeug 40, Brian Swedzinski 24, Tommy Turbes 23, Carl Swedzinski 21, Nick Ludwig 20. Wabasso 3 Individual Results: Maria Turbes 30, Jared Welch 23, Jason Swoboda 21, Shawn Zollner 19. Wabasso Individual Results: Andrew Turbes 28, Caleb Frericks 21.

STATE SPORTING CLAYS SCORES

Team Results: 1. Medford (166); 2. Alden Conger (163); 3. Sleepy Eye (157); 4. Long Prairie (145); 5. Tracy Area (144); 6. JCC (139); 7. WWG (138); 8. JCC 2 (137); 9. Alden Conger 2 (135); 10. Marshall (134); 11. SSC (132); 12. Cedar Mountain (128); 13. Springfield (126); 14. Redwood Valley (125); 15. MCQ (124); 16. ACGC (124); 17. Long Prairie 2 (124); 18. ACGC 3 (122); 19. Windom 3 (122); 20. BOLD (119); 21. HLWW (119); 22. Canby (119); 23. Windom 2 (116); 24. RTR (116); 25. Minneota (114); 26. Minneota 2 (111); 27. Windom (109); 28. ACGC (108); 29. WWG 3 (106); 30. WWG 2 (104); 31. Pipestone (103); 32. Wabasso (98); 33. Marshall 2 (97); 34. Chisago Lakes (91); 35. JCC 3 (88); 36. MCW 2 (86); 37. Blue Earth (86); 38. Blue Earth 2 (73); 39. Glencoe/Aitken (64); 40. HLWW 2 (61); 41. BOLD 2 (58); 42. Pipestone 2 (52); 43. Cedar Mountain (51).

Top 25 Individuals: 1. Riley Petersen (Alden Conger) 46; 2. Jake Gedicke (Medford) 46; 3. Nick Meixner (Medford) 43; 4. Carter Tauer (Sleepy Eye) 43; 5. Jordan Marcyes (Long Prairie) 42; 6. Andrew Holmberg (JCC) 41; 7. Colton Gemmill (Sleepy Eye) 41; 8. Tyler Koenen (Alden Conger) 40; 9. Derek Minear (Alden Conger) 40; 10. Zach Gedicke (Medford) 40, 11. Mitch Hinnenkamp (Long Prairie) 39; 12. Blake Salmon (Tracy) 39; 13. Dylan Lecht (JCC) 39; 14. Spencer Weber (HLWW) 38; 15. Spencer VanOverbeke (Marshall) 38; 16. Caleb Berg (Sleepy Eye) 38; 17. Luke Mueller (Long Prairie) 38; 18. William Schoneman (Windom) 38; 19. Jake Kern (Tracy) 38; 20. Wyatt Volkman (Medford) 37; 21. Tyler Schoborg (WWG) 37; 22. Andrew Pederson (WWG) 37; 23. Clay Salzwedel (SSC) 37; 24. Erik Theusch (Alden Conger) 37; 25. Nick Johansen (Alden Conger) 37.

Marshall Individual Results: Spencer VanOverbeke 38, Cody Bernardy 34, Troy Trost 31, Justin Stattelman 31, Jonnie Weets 27. Marshall 2 Individual Results: Nathan Leach 28, Nate Bailey 24, Eli Welu 23, Spencer Rekedal 22, Rachel Landmark 20 .

Minneota Individual Results: Austin Polfliet 30, Devan Ashbach 30, Andrew Fadness 30, Jack Buysse 24. Minneota 2 Individual Results: Tommy Peterson (n/a), Joe Buysse 32, Alex Guttormsson 29, Clark Davis 25, Alex Moorse 25.

RTR Individual Results: Jerry Wichern 31, Mason Johnson 29, Jason Hohenbrink 29, Jacob Peterson 29, Mason Williams 27, Dustin Williams 21.

Tracy Area Individual Results: Blake Salmon 39, Jake Kern 38, Devon Luckhardt 34, Owen West 33, Caleb Christian 31.

WWG Individual Results: Tyler Schoborg 37, Andrew Pederson 37, Jake Otto 35, Eli Gundermann 29, Walker Christians 23. WWG 2 Individual Results: Tristan Joel 33, Matt Otto 28, Andrew Quade 27, AJ Quade 27, Anthony Kock 16. WWG 3 Individual Results: Tyson Elzenga 35, Adam Hass 27, Tommy Lindstrom 23, Jack Jorgenson 21, Beau Herding 14.

Canby Individual Results: Andy Ufkin 32, Bryce Gorder 31, Mitchel Johanson 28, Josh Hansen 28.

Wabasso Individual Results: Carl Swedzinski 33, Brian Swedzinski 25, Maria Turbes 21, Tommy Turbes 19, Jason Swoboda 17.

Tracy Area FFA adviser Paul Skoglund agreed.

"We have some kids who don't necessarily hunt," he said. "This isn't just a hunting sport, it's a competitive sport."

Bill Klaers, who has been the FFA adviser in Wabasso for 24 years, expressed his appreciation for all the support the FFA clubs have received from local gun clubs.

"The state trap shoot has been around here for quite a few years," Klaers said. "It used to be down in Tracy, but then they moved it to the Marshall area. We have a lot of support from the local gun clubs. It takes a lot of support to put something like this on. They volunteer their time, so we really appreciate the work they do for us."

While participation and support was high on Saturday, that wasn't necessarily the case with the scores that came in.

"The weather was not ideal because it was rainy in the morning and then when the rain went away, it got pretty windy," Kaare said. "All those factors make it more difficult to shoot well. So the scores weren't super high. A 46 out of 50 was the highest. I was expecting a few more kids in the 40s but with weather like that, it's hard to be right on the dot."

Kaare said he heard a number of conversations throughout the day regarding the difficult elements.

"Kids would come in after they were done and say, 'that one bird just dipped at the last second, and I just missed it,'" Kaare said. "I heard a lot of comments like that. But that's just how it goes. Out hunting, the animals aren't predictable either."

Despite the challenges, students seemed to enjoy the experience.

"The kids had a really good time," Kaare said. "I got a lot of e-mails from advisers who told me that. And it's not just about the shooting contest. The contest is fun and important, but a lot of what you remember is the bus ride there or the times in-between. That's where a lot of friendships are built between students and teachers."

Along with participation and enjoyment, safety is also a high priority at a shooting event like the one on Saturday.

"The safety factor is a pretty big deal," Kaare said. "But most of these kids grow up hunting, so it's automatic for them. Most know how to use the equipment properly."

Other advisers were quick to praise the students for their attention to detail and efforts to take matters seriously.

"It's a very safe, controlled atmosphere," Skoglund said. "The kids are on the line with all their guns down. They use one shell at a time, and nobody puts that shell in until they're told it's their turn. It's a very orderly system for shooting."

Klaers pointed out that the competition format included a five-person team and that individuals scores were also kept.

"They take the top four scores for the team competition," he said. "They have team trophies and then individual pins for the top shooters. Last year, we had the top trap (Brian Swedzinski) and top skeet (Matt Zeug) guy, but it's a lot windier this afternoon than it was this morning, so I think the best scores are going to come from the kids who shot this morning. The wind is something else out here."

Marshall placed second in the state skeet shoot, while Tracy Area took third. While the two teams also compiled a score of 64, Medford won top honors after coming out ahead in the tiebreaker process.

"I was really happy with how we did," Kaare said.

Marshall's Spencer VanOverbeke was the top skeet shooter, recording a 21 out of 25, while Tracy Area's Blake Salmon shot a 20.

"Spencer does very well," Kaare said. "He works at the Redwood River Club, so he gets to practice more than other kids. That's one of the reasons why he was so successful. It was a good way for him to end his senior year."

Troy Trost took seventh place for Marshall (score of 17), while Minneota's Clark Davis was eighth (17). Minneota finished in seventh place as a team, while Wabasso was eighth, Westbrook-Walnut Grove ninth and Russell-Tyler-Ruthton 11th.

Wabasso junior Brian Swedzinski didn't score well in his first state skeet competition but enjoyed participating.

"I've never shot skeet before, but I've shot trap for a few years," Swedzinski said. "My gun is a semi-automatic, and it's got a magazine instead of a normal shot gun, so it's really easy to work with. It's better, though, with a high-powered round instead of a trap load."

Swedzinski had some issues with his gun early on in the competition but kept at it.

"The hardest part about skeet is that they're shooting two at a time for some of them, and they're moving really fast," he said. "They're also a lot closer than most trap things. But I try to start at one house and then work my way to the other and just stay in front of the bird as it's flying."

A total of 268 took part in the trap shoot competition, with Redwood Valley claiming top honors as a team (160). Canby was sixth (144), while RTR was seventh (138), WWG 11th (132), Marshall 13th (128) and Tracy Area 15th (127).

"They can choose to shoot all three categories, but most of the kids just shoot trap because that's what they shoot in 4-H or at home," Klaers said. "It gets a little more specialized with the equipment for the skeet and the sporting clays."

Canby's Andy Lefkin shot a 42 to earn 11th place, while Zeug collected a 17th-place finish after recording a 40. Walker Christians took 18th for WWG (38), while Michael Peterson was 20th for Canby (38).

"I got 40 out of 50 trap shooting," Zeug said. "I just started last year. I thought it would be fun, so I thought I'd try it. It's going good. It's fun."

A total of 198 participated in the state sporting clays competition, with Medford taking first place (166). Tracy Area was fifth with a 144, while WWG was seventh (138) and Marshall 10th (134).

"Sporting clays is really kind of different," Klaers said. "They come from all different angles, and they actually roll a few on the ground that you have to shoot to simulate like a rabbit. It's really a different way to shoot."

Salmon shot a 39 to earn 12th place for Tracy, while Marshall's VanOverbeke was 15th after recording a 38. Jake Kern also shot a 38 for Tracy to finish in 19th place.

For Wabasso home-schooled students Thomas Turbes and Maria Turbes, the FFA competition is like an extension of their participation in Minnesota 4-H Shooting Sports.

"I just got my driver's license, and it sounded fun," Thomas Turbes said. "I could have done better, but it's pretty harsh in the wind. But it's fun."

Like others, Maria Turbes also struggled a little with the wind, though it did not prevent her from enjoying the overall experience.

"I like shooting sports because there's just so many things you can do with it," she said. "I can use it for hunting and other things like that. It's just good practice. I love the outdoors, too. I live on a farm, and I'm always outside."

 
 

 

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