A state berth is on the line

Published 7:34 pm Friday, June 16, 2017

The NRHEG clay target shooting team held its annual gathering at Owatonna Gun Club on Tuesday.

The group got together to enjoy some food, soical time and share their love of target shooting.

The group practiced some shooting they don’t normally get to do such as doubles, handicap and the Annie Oakley shoot.

The clay target team had 31 letter-winners this season. To letter, an athlete had to average over 20 targets hit out of 25 and participate in four of the five weeks of competition.

NRHEG had six shooters — Evan Dobberstein, Zachary Eustice, Ashton Worke, Alex Romer, Collin Christenson, Morgan Phillips and Noah Lund finish in the top 25 in the conference in shooting.

Christenson ranked first in the conference with an average of 24.2 targets hit. Eustice was seventh, Lund 10th, Dobberstein and Worke tied for 19th and Romer finished in 23rd.

Eustice and Phillips won $250 scholarships, which recognize athletes for their academic, school activity, community involvement and team leadership successes.

Ralph Roesler was named the team’s most improved shooter. He improved his 50-target average by 8.73 over last season.

Christenson took home the Top Gun award.

The NRHEG clay target team will move on to the state class 7A tournament, which will be held Sunday in Alexandria.

Once there, the team will compete for one of the three spots in the state tournament.