The Chan-Chaska Clay Target Club was among more than 330 high school teams featuring more than 8,300 student athletes at the 2019 Trap Shooting Championship June 10-17 at the Alexandria Shooting Park in Alexandria, Minnesota.
The local team competed on Sunday, June 16, with Turner Laxen knocking down 50 straight targets, finishing as team leader along with Hayden Hole with a score of 95 out of 100.
Andrew Louwagie, Joshua Vicchiollo and Shane Wein each had perfect rounds of 25.
In addition to Hole and Laxen, Wein (94), Michael Currie (93) and Derek Jutting (92) were top shooters for Chan-Chaska.
Laxen next competes at the National Championship in Mason, Michigan, on July 10-14.
The Chan-Chaska Clay Target Club wrapped up its spring competition season with their annual Fun Shoot on Thursday, May 30, at the Watertown Gun Club.
The team consisted of 60 student athletes from both Chanhassen and Chaska High Schools this season. Coaches, parents and families welcomed two very special guests on the final shoot day, Principal Dick Unger from Chanhassen High School and Principal Jim Bach from Chaska High School.
Principal Unger and Principal Bach watched as the students and even some of the parents and coaches competed against each other in several different shooting games including Annie Oakley, Jeopardy and Challenge Your Coach.
The student athletes decided it would be fun to teach their principals how to shoot clay targets. The students from Chanhassen High School, led by Laxen, took Principal Unger aside and gave him some quick lessons in trap shooting. While the students from Chaska High School, led by sophomore Jake Lano, gave Principal Bach some pointers on how to aim at the clay targets.
When the principals were coached and ready to go, the battle of Chanhassen versus Chaska on the trap shooting line began. The students and parents cheered on their respective school and principal as the shots began to fire.
In the end, Unger won the challenge and was victorious. Bach vowed to be back and beat Unger at next year's Fun Shoot. The principals shook hands, posed for pictures with students and the team and enjoyed the rest of the fun-filled evening and the perfect weather at the Watertown Gun Club.
Chan-Chaska Clay Target Club finished first place in its conference this season. They are in Class 7A - Conference 3. Seven of the male shooters finished in the top 25 in the conference with Laxen and Zach Maeyaert in the top 10.
Louwagie (11th), Mason Vogel (12th), Trent Kirchoff (13th), Hole (18th), and Jacob Agrimson (23) were other top shooters.
Five of the Chan-Chaska Clay Target Club female shooters finished in the top 25 in the conference as well. Riley Worm was in the top 10 followed by Sarah Roble and Summer Steinhoff (tied for 16th place), Emma Ryan (19th), Jennie Wohl (20th) and Ashley Jansen (23rd).