Trap team readies for state, hosts fun shoot

High School trapshooting across the state of Minnesota completed the final week of the regular season on May 25 but that doesn’t mean the guns get oiled and put away anytime soon.
With the State Championship right around the corner the Babbitt Conservation Club has opened its trap range four nights a week giving athletes more opportunities to shoot as often and as much as they want.
Northeast Range is scheduled to shoot on Thursday, June 13 beginning at 8 a.m. at the Alexandria Shooting Park which is the State Tournament qualifier.
The Club also took time to treat the team to its annual Open House/Fun Shoot. It was a time for the team to pass out season awards, enjoy a BBQ and participate in the Annie Oakley Tournament.
Winning the overall High Gun award this year was Joseph Foster with a season average of 21.33. He also won the boys division with runners up being Josh Pohlman and Tracker Koivisto.
Ariel Kalinowski took first in the girl’s division with a season average of 20.70 and Aili Bee was the runner up.
Kale Beno took home the Annie Oakley tournament trophy and the most notable award of the season, the John Nicholas Sportsmanship Award, went to senior Madelene Johnson.
Post season practice made highlights this week when Robert Daugherty earned himself a patch after shooting a perfect 25/25. With a regular season average of 19.70 the junior sort of came out of nowhere to impress and it didn’t stop there. Later in the week he did it again, this time winning four free tickets to a Duluth Huskies baseball game on a wager from Coach Loewen to the highest score who could beat him that night. Jon Hakala’s score of 24 almost sealed the deal until Daugherty had the chance to pull his trigger 25 times.
“I shoot a Winchester SXP with a 28” barrel that I received as a Christmas gift from my parents,” said Daugherty. “My first score was a 14 but after that round I shot a six.”
Daugherty says he enjoys shooting so this sport is perfect for him. His advice to shooters is to relax.
“When you are up for shooting try not to think about anything else except for the shot you are taking. Don’t think about your score, don’t think you are going to miss, just stick to the basics. If you practice this, I promise you will get better and better scores.”
Daugherty was also last year’s John Nicholas Sportsmanship award winner and has been with the team since its inception four years ago.
In the final week of regular season competition it was Ariel Kalinowski’s pair of 23s that gave her the high score of 46 which is her personal best so far this season, Kale Beno shot a 24 in the first round and followed it up a 19 for a total of 43, Tracker Koivisto also scored a 43, Joe Foster 42 and Seann Prigge who joined the team this year as a junior posted his first 40 plus score dusting 41/50 clays.
Other top 30 scores used to make up this weeks team score include; Kenny Aase 39, Erin Backe 31, Aili Bee 32, Else Bee 28, Robert Bielejeski 39, Ben Cavalier 33, Caid Chittum 34, Christopher Feguson 31, Jon Hakala 37, Luther Johnson 28, Madelene Johnson 32, Oskar Koivisto 38, Bralyn Lislegard 31, Thia Lossing 25, Jacob Mackai 34, Ryan Milton 33, Natalie Nelmark 30, Josh Pohlman 40, Caden Roseth 29, Wesley Sandy 31, Carl Sundblad34, Maizy Sundblad 31, Darien White 26, Draiden White 38 and Lydia Wright 34.
In Class 4 Conference four team standings the Nighthawks finished in fifth. Lake of the Woods took first, Hibbing second, Rockford third, Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sundburg fourth, Northeast Range fifth, Lac qui Parle Valley sixth, North Lakes seventh and Marshall County High School eighth.
No boys placed in the top 25 however several girls did. Ariel Kalinowski finished sixth, Aili Bee ninth, Madelene Johnson 13th, Thia Lossing 17th, Erin Backe 19th and Natalie Nelmark 22nd.