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NRHEG clay target team places 10th at national tournament

Mason, Michigan, was the home of a first-of-its-kind event from July 13-15, according to a press release. 

The USA High School Clay Target League hosted its first-ever national championship for 175 teams from the 19 states that currently have high school clay target leagues. 

Minnesota, which is the largest and original league in the nation, according to the release, was well represented with a large percentage of the teams and six of the top 10 finishers in the event.

NRHEG, which is one of the oldest teams in the young sport, was one of those teams finishing 10th overall. The team, — comprised of Chancellor Olson, Evan Dobberstein, Alex Dobberstein, Aaron Olson and Caden Beauvais, and coached by Kim Olson and Matt Beauvais — shot first on July 13 and finished in 19th place.  This more than made the cut of 80 teams that advanced to the finals Sunday.  The team that day was led by Chancellor Olson and Evan Dobberstein, who each shot a 96 out of 100 targets.

The next day saw the individual rounds with over 1,250 shooters participating. Evan Dobberstein tied a school record with a round of 98 out of 100, placing him in the top 60 shooters that day. He was joined by Chancellor Olson and Alex Dobberstein in qualifying for the individual finals the next day.

Sunday saw more great marksmanship from the team. In the morning the team had the eighth-best score overall with a 474 lead by Chancellor Olson and Beauvais, who each shot a school record matching 98 out of 100. Evan and Alex Dobberstein each shot a 96 and Aaron Olson shot an 86, but of that he hit 48 of last 50 to finish out the day in excellent fashion. 

The effort by the team was the key to moving up from 19th to their final placing of 10th for the national shoot. In the afternoon the individuals took over. Evan Dobberstein shot a 97, which gave him a two-day total of 195 targets broken of 200 possible and 59th place overall. Chancellor Olson finished 240th and Alex Dobberstein took home 333rd out of the 1,250-plus shooters who came to compete. In the process of participating in the historic event, the team took home a plethora of 25 patches, a couple 50 patches and one 75 straight patch as well as some great memories of their part in the event.