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Trapshooting: Worthington preparing for state


WORTHINGTON — The Worthington High trapshooting team will be a part of history on Saturday.

With a cumulative team score of 464 at the Minnesota State High School Clay Target Championships last week, the Trojans advanced to the first Minnesota State High School League State Trapshooting Tournament.

Worthington took second place in Class A to qualify for the state tournament. The score of 464 is the total number of clay targets hit by the Trojans’ top five shooters at the Clay Target Championships in Alexandria. Buffalo took home the championship with a 474. Buffalo was led by Kurt Potter’s perfect day as he hit all 100 of his targets. The state tournament will be held on Saturday at Minneapolis Gun Club in Prior Lake.

Individually, the Trojans were led by Zak Abdulrahman, who placed fifth overall with a score of 97. Abdulrahman ended his first 100 shots in a four-way tie for fourth, putting him in a consecutive hit shootout. He nailed 55 consecutive targets, the second most among the four shooters. He beat out Thomas Lehnherr of Richfield/Academy of Holy Angels (19) and Wadena-Deer Creek’s Cordell Webb (25). Andrew Sauser from Walker/Hackensack/Akeley hit 64 straight targets to take fourth.

Erik Landgaard and Nathan Patten both finished their day by hitting 93 of 100 birds. Gage Langerud was just one behind them with a 92 while Zach Bruns and Zach Heidebrink tied for the team’s fifth and final score at 89 hits each.

The first flight of the team competition will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday with flights two and three set to start at 10:15 a.m. and 11:30 a.m., respectively. Each of the five team members will shoot four rounds — 100 targets — with the top cumulative score earning the title.