In Le Sueur Sunday, an old fashioned shoot out took place to determine the area's best marksman.

The Minnesota High School Clay Target League has been around for ten years, but a competition has never been held in southern Minnesota.

That changed Sunday, with help from state grants which match improvements to gun clubs, the Caribou Gun Club hosted the region's first trap shoot championship and participation as well as support made it right on target.

Caribou Gun Club owner Randy Voss said "It's great to see all these kid out here. Don't matter how big, small, tall, little you are you can participate. This is something that you can do for the rest of your life with your parents and your grandparents."

Roughly 80 participants representing nine schools (Tri-City United, Cleveland, Le Sueur-Henderson, Sibley East, Belle Plaine, Saint Peter, Glencoe, New Prague, & Jordan) showcased what they could do with a gun.

Both boys and girls continued to destroy flying targets, including the state's best a year ago whose accolades also have his friends looking to improve this time around.

2017 state champion and member of New Prague's team Woodrow Glazer said "I definitely earned it, I didn't think there was anyone else there. I don't want to sound cocky, but I definitely feel like I was supposed to win it last year and I feel like all the work I had put in paid off."

Friend and member of Tri-City United Benjamin Sladek said "It just strives me to do the best I can and hopefully push to get 100 straight but we'll see what happens."

The state championship will begin Monday and run through Tuesday, the 19th; it will consist of nearly 8,000 competitors from more than 300 high schools including those that were on hand Sunday.

Teams say the added competition Sunday afternoon in Le Sueur gives them a different form of preparation heading into the week.

Cleveland coach Jack Zimmerman said "To come out here and shoot 50 targets in a little bit different setting with it not being a normal practice night, it's good for us to come up here and shoot against other teams. It helps us get in the flow of championship season."

As for Sunday, Glazer took home the boys individual trophy not missing a single target all day while Glencoe's Jessica Alsleben was able to pull the trigger on the girls side.

Tri–City United had its sights locked in capturing both the varsity and junior varsity titles in the inaugural championship.

Voss adds that this tournament will grow and be an annual event for schools in the area.

To learn more about the Minnesota High School Clay Target League or how to create a team, you can visit its website.

Tri-City United, Le Sueur-Henderson, and Saint Peter will also be participating in the National Championship held on July 12-15 in Mason, MI. 

Nearly 12,000 students are competing in trap shooting in the state of Minnesota, one of 15 states across the country to have a high school league.   

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