Shooting Down the Competition


The Wayzata Trap Team with their first place award at the state tournament in Prior Lake. Photo courtesy of the Wayzata Clay Target Team.

Sam Lavely, Sports Editor

  The Wayzata Clay Target team won the class 3A state championship in mid-June. This followed a great
season for the team, never placing outside of the top three in any tournament. Graduated Senior Jack Sueker was the most impressive performer at the trap state championships however, shooting a perfect 100 and placing first overall. He is the third Wayzata shooter to ever shoot a perfect score. “Shooting 100 was always a big goal of mine… I was happy to end my high school shooting on a high note,” said Sueker. Fellow Senior Megan Ringate also gave the team a large boost by shooting a 96, placing as the third overall female in the tournament. In a sport and team that is largely comprised of boys, Ringate proved her worth to the team. Ringate spoke on the male-dominant stigma surrounding the sport, saying “It gave me an extra boost when I scored higher than some of the boys… more and more girls are joining the sport every year and continue to kick butt.” Ringate believes that as more girls shoot scores similar to the boys’, this stigma will be gone within the next couple of years.
  While seniors played a large role for the team throughout the year, Freshman Nathan Schultz had a big impact throughout the year as well. Schultz won Top Gun Male
at their Minneapolis Gun Club tournament, placing as the top freshman, and he also shot a 99 at the state tournament
to place third overall in the state. On a team with many seniors leaving next year, Schultz shows promise for next season.
  Although the team does not have “varsity” status at the high school, assistant coach Steve Bunning believes the team has a bright future. “The team has matured over the past few years to become a perennial powerhouse…we’ve won the State Trap Championship the past two years.” Bunning also said that varsity status is not important to the team.
The MSHSL forbids Sunday practices and competitions, and Sunday competitions are extremely common in the sport since ranges are only open on weekends.
  Although the Clay Target team may not gain varsity status, the team is optimistic about their future and looks forward to competing for another state championship next year.