Coon Rapids High School has been crowned champions of Conference 2A in the Minnesota State High School League Clay Target League.
In the five-week league that comprised eight teams from around the state, Coon Rapids totaled 116 points to finish ahead of St. Francis and Bloomington-Jefferson, who tied for second place with 94 points.
Other schools in the conference were Zumbrota-Mazeppa, McGregor-Aitkin-Cromwell, Staples Motley, Math and Science Academy of Woodbury and Breckenridge.
This year the fall leagues for the Minnesota State High School Clay Target League comprised four conferences, 33 teams and 800-plus athletes.
The spring league earlier this year had 114 teams, 200 schools, and over 4,000 participants. Coon Rapids took second place in its first outing as a trapshooting school, according to Coach Gary Alexander.
Schools are put into conferences based on the number of shooters they have on the team and Coon Rapids had 15 returning members from the spring league, Alexander said.
“These students have worked very hard to accomplish what they have in such a short period of time,” he said.
“The entire team is extremely enthusiastic about what we have done.”
According to Alexander, because of the success the team has had the interest in trapshooting at Coon Rapids High School has skyrocketed and he fully expects to have 45-plus students signed up for the spring league.
Top 25 all-state honors went to Blake Weber (sixth) and Payton Bolander (ninth).
Top 10 all-conference male honors went to Weber (first), Hunter Procai (fifth), Logan Procai (sixth), Andrew May (eighth) and Brian Welsh (ninth).
Top 10 all-conference female honors went to Bolander (fourth).
Jim Sable, executive director of the Minnesota State High School Clay Target League was at the trapshooting team’s banquet at Metro Gun Club Oct. 28 to hand out the conference trophy and Weber’s top conference gun trophy.
Sable founded the Minnesota State High School Clay Target League.
Lettering awards were presented to all participants.
Team members were Blake Ackerman, Payton Bolander, Will Bucheger, Daniel Groess, Anthony Higgins, Thomas Keller, Matt Lerdahl, Andrew May, Nathan May, Hunter Procai, Logan Procai, Easton Sorenson, Alex Waltz, Blake Weber and Brian Welsh.
Many of the parents participated as assistant coaches and range safety officers.
The Coon Rapids team would like to thank its sponsors for their support of the team by donating money for equipment and clothing, Alexander said.
The sponsors were Kerry Gerard, Galaxy Mechanical; Randy Pederson, RAK Construction; Brian Sullivan, Plumbing Solutions; Keith Johnson, Northern Roofing; and Roy C. Inc. (RCI) Automatic Door Systems.
“I am very thankful to those companies that supported us this fall season,” Alexander said.
“If you could have seen the faces of the students when they received their team clothing it was an incredible feeling.”
Alexander said he is looking for sponsors for the spring league and can be reached through the athletic director at Coon Rapids High School, Kelley Scott at 763-506-7100.
The Minnesota State High School Clay Target League website is www.mnclaytarget.com.