Trap shooting championship: Osakis 26th in deep Class 2A field
The Osakis trap shooting team was up against a field of 36 programs during Tuesday’s Minnesota State High School Trap Shooting Championship in Alexandria, and the Silverstreaks finished 26th on varsity.
Osakis shot a 438 out of a possible 500. Team scores are comprised of the top five shooters in novice, junior varsity and varsity divisions.
There are nine competitive classes in the league this year, and the top 40 teams regardless of classification from this year’s entire championship shoot will make the state tournament on June 22 in Prior Lake. The championship in Alexandria runs through June 19, so teams that shoot early have a while to wait before seeing if they qualify.
Team and individual accolades were still up for grabs among the three divisions, making Tuesday’s shoot quite different from the normal regular-season shoots where it’s just one team at the shooting park.
“This is still a competition today,” Osakis coach Brian Griesert said. “We are still shooting for trophies and there’s also individual awards, so we come in and it’s about having fun but it’s still a competition. Do your best.”
Spring Grove High School won the varsity 2A title with a 475. They were led by George Boyd V who won the individual title with a 98 out of 100. That was tied with three others, but Boyd’s reverse run of 76 earned him the tie-breaker.
Osakis was led by Nate Hirte with a 93. Matthew Buffington was close behind with a 91. Brandon Hetland added an 89, while Tyler Young (86) and Austyn Griesert (79) rounded out the scoring for the varsity team.
Reed Hiles had a nice day for Osakis’ novice program with team-high 82. Evan Soderholm led the junior varsity squad for Osakis with an 87 and Lynnea Maus was the top female gun for the junior varsity team with a 76.
“We got started early and were one of the first squads to go, so there’s a little pressure on them,” coach Griesert said. “They did a good job.”
Osakis has 27 kids on the team this year. Griesert hopes they can stick around that mark of about 30 shooters in the program.
He says he saw some nice growth throughout the season for some of these shooters. Buffington was the second-best shooter by average in Class 2A, Conference 5 this spring with a 23.5 average. Only Michael Schroeder of Brandon-Evansville bested him at 24.3.
The Osakis girls saw some progression too. Jaden Klimek was fourth among female shooters in the conference with a 19.2 average, and Maus was right behind her in fifth with an 18.9.
“Some did pretty good,” coach Griesert said. “Matt Buffington was the top shooter for the boys. Jaden was the top girl. We had Lynnea Maus shooting an 18.9. She does pretty good. She’s only in eighth grade, so she’ll be around for quite a few years.”
Regardless of the scores, Griesert said the kids had a lot of fun with another year in a league that keeps gaining traction with nearly 12,000 shooters now.
“It’s a respectful group,” he said. “All these shooters are just respectful. There’s no arrogance out here and when you put them in squads by ability, you might have a senior standing next to an eighth-grader. There’s no peer pressure, so it’s good.”