BHS Trap Shooting closes out highly-successful season

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Gracie Lenz during the final competion for the BHS Trap Shooting team.

The Benson High School Trap shooting team has had a long and successful season, having 56 participants attend the State Shoot, qualifying two individuals to the Final State Shoot, and also sending 10 individuals to Nationals.

“The 2019 season was an interesting one with the spring weather we had,” said Andy Abner, one of the Benson Trap team coaches.  “The first  practice had to be canceled due to the snow still covering the trap range. For those of you that are not familiar with the Benson Trap Team, we typically start shooting the first week in April and shoot for nine consecutive weeks. We shoot out at Cottonwood Creek by Big Bend each weekend and we submit our scores to the MN Clay Target League each week. After we are done with the final week of shooting the end of May we all look forward to the MN State shoot held in Alexandria. The state shoot is the largest trap shooting event held in the world. It is nine days of shooting with approx. 800 + kids shooting each day. We shot on Sunday June 16th to finish up our regular season. Even with the weather not cooperating the kids did great this year.

The BHS trap team is made up of kids in grades 7-12.  They must have completed the gun safety course by the time the season has started. This year, BHS had 62 kids out for the regular season and 56 that attended the State Shoot in Alex. 

“Even with the late start, we had some of the best shooting to begin the season,” Abner said.  “The kids progressively got better and better each week. This year, we had eight perfect 25-of-25 at Cottonwood Creek and even a perfect 50-straight. It is so much fun to see the kids get better year after year.

“Last year, the clay target league put together a national shoot at Mason, Michigan. We were fortunate enough to have some students qualify to shoot at this event. It was held in July and we had a squad of five representing Benson at the national level last year. It was an amazing experience for these kids to take part in. This year, it looks like we will be having ten students attending the national shoot.  These kids have all worked very hard to qualify and have done an amazing job at shooting consistently each week...”

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