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Red Wing trapshooting ends season on high note

Three coaches are recognized with an Outstanding Coach award. From left to right: Dan Struss, Mike Moldenhauer and John Bouvette. Photo by Scott Kosek1 / 3
Finishing in second place is the Red Wing novice team of, (left to right): Tyler Foster, Ben Huebner and Nate Dopkins. Not pictured are Calvin Pagel and Noah Guth. Photo by Scott Kosek2 / 3
The Red Wing JV team finished in first place at the trapshooting championship in Alexandria, Minn. On the team are (from left to right): Caleb Malyon, Jason Haglund, Dylan Hadler, Spencer Kronbeck and Jack Maroushek. Photo by Scott Kosek3 / 3

The Red Wing trap team proved that no stage is too big —including the world's largest trapshooting tournament. The annual tournament held June 12-20 in Alexandria, Minn., provided a chance for the Red Wing team to go up against the best in the state in one central location, and the team was up to the task.

"We weren't far off from qualifying for the elite state meet," head coach Scott Kosek said. "The top four teams sent a squad to state and 463 was the cut-off to advance the whole team, Red Wing had 451."

The significance for coming within 12 points of advancing to the state elite meet held in Prior Lake, was not lost on Kosek. For a team in only its second year, the improvement has been swift, he said. While the team will miss outgoing seniors such as Cam DeLain, who finished the season ranked second on the team, the wealth of young shooters has Kosek optimistic for the future.

Finding proof in that view is easy to find when looking at the performance of Red Wing's young shooters in Alexandria. The junior varsity team won first place with a score of 439 out of 500. With 134 shooters competing, three members of the JV team placed in the top four. Medaling for the team were Dylan Hadler, finishing second with a score of 93, and Spencer Kronbeck, placing third with a score of 91. The Red Wing novice team also performed well by placing second in the tournament.

Season recognitions

With the trapshooting season concluded, the team held a banquet Monday, June 19, at the Red Wing Environmental Learning Center. At the ceremony, the following students were given recognition:

Best varsity shooter (regular season) — Chloe Struss, season average of 21.3

Best JV shooter — Caleb Malyon, 18.88

Best novice shooters — Cole Krie and Jack Maroushek, tied with 14.7

Most improved shooter — Abby Boxrud

"Besides shooting well at the tournament, we are always striving for safety and team unity," Kosek said, when summarizing the season. "Team unity in our sport is something that we will continue to strive for."

Registration for the 2018 season is required in December. Email Kosek at smkosek@rwps.org for more information.

Jake Pfeifer

Jake Pfeifer is a reporter and outdoors editor for RiverTown Multimedia. Previously, he worked at Detroit Lakes Newspapers.

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