John's Journal
Shooting For A Clay Target Conference Championship 5/18/2017
WADENA -- With cool temperatures, a light breeze and a big crowd as a backdrop, history was made Wednesday at Knob Hill Sportsman’s Club when Minnesota’s first high school conference championship was held in clay target shooting.

Teams from six Mid-State Conference schools – Wadena-Deer Creek, Crosby-Ironton, Detroit Lakes, Pequot Lakes, Park Rapids and Staples-Motley – took their best shots at shattering targets.

Minnesota is the only state in which the high school governing body recognizes clay target shooting. The MSHSL board of directors approved adding the sport in December 2012 and the first MSHSL state tournament was held in the spring of 2014. This year’s state championship will be held June 24 at Minneapolis Gun Club in Prior Lake, and it will surprise no one if shooters from the Mid-State Conference are among the competitors.

Detroit Lakes senior Zach Frothman, who was the top individual shooter at Wednesday’s conference championship, said having the sport be part of the MSHSL “means a lot. We pushed and pushed it for it until we actually got it. We finally got it and I think it’s one of the best things that ever happened to D.L. High School.”

The second-place shooter was Staples-Motley senior Katie Benson, who also was the only female among the top 15.

“There’s never been a lot of girls in this sport and I would really like to see that grow within the coming years,” she said. “There are only probably two or three girls on my team at home, as well, and so it’s not unusual to just show up and shoot with the guys. But I’m super excited to be up there because someone’s got to show them off in the end, right?”

Like most shooters, Zach and Katie have been shooting and hunting for most of their lives. Both are in their fifth year competing on their school’s teams.

“It’s for sure pretty cool,” Zach said of being the state’s first high school conferene champion. “I couldn’t do it without the coaches, that’s for sure.”

Zach and his teammates practice one day a week. “I might be there for two hours or four hours. It really depends,” he said. "I like to stay and help the other kids, too.”

Katie helped Staples-Motley capture the team championship with a one-point margin over Wadena-Deer Creek.

“It’s really been cool to watch how the league in Minnesota has grown from being so small to now being one of the largest sports in the state,” she said. “I like that it’s not necessarily competing against other people, because you have the opportunity to compete against yourself and improve every week. In other sports it’s really dependent on the other teams that you’re playing. So within trap shooting and other shooting sports in general you have the opportunity to grow as an individual and to really work on honing in your own skills.”

Mid-State Conference Trap Championship
Team Results

Staples/Motley 222
Wadena-Deer Creek 221
Detroit Lakes 221
Park Rapids 219
Pequot Lakes 215
Crosby-Ironton 180

Top Individuals
1. Zach Frothman DL 49
2. Katie Benson SM 47
3. Chris Hahn WDC 47
4. Kade Ramsey DL 47
5. Ean Voight PR 47
6. Sam Busker DL 46
7. Brady Adams WDC 46
8. Charlie Walsh PR 45
9. Ben Bartozak SM 45
10. Cole Girtz PR
11. Reid Pierzinski PL 45
12. Nick Manselle WDC 44
13. Dominik Carlson SM 44
14. Jake Johnson PR 44
15. Arthur Thew SM 44
16. Hunter Ebnet PL 44
*Ties were broken based on the first target missed in competition.

JV Results
1. Pequot Lakes 200
2. WDC 190
3. DL 185
4. SM 182
5. PR 179
6. C-I 151
Top Gun Male: Brandon Lee Pequot Lakes 45
Top Gun Female: Madyson Moats WDC 43

BY THE NUMBERS
*Schools/teams John has seen/visited: 639
*Miles John has driven in the Toyota Camry in 2016-17: 11,067
*Follow John on Twitter: @MSHSLjohn
Class 4A Baseball Rankings5/17/2017
The Associated Press poll for Minnesota high school baseball, provided by Let's Play Baseball newspaper.

CLASS 4A
1. Stillwater Area
2. Wayzata
3. Minnetonka
4. Blaine
5. St. Michael-Albertville
6. Lakeville North
7. Burnsville
8. Forest Lake
9. Eastview
10. Champlin Park
11. East Ridge
12. Chaska
13. Rochester Century
14. Maple Grove
15. Tartan
16. Mounds View
17. Anoka
18. Edina
19. Osseo
20. Centennial
Also receiving votes: Eden Prairie, Prior Lake, Andover, Rochester Mayo
Class 3A Baseball Rankings5/17/2017
The Associated Press poll for Minnesota high school baseball, provided by Let's Play Baseball newspaper.

CLASS 3A
1. St. Cloud Tech
2. Waconia
3. Bemidji
4. Holy Angels
5. New Ulm
6. Benilde-St. Margaret’s
7. Marshall
8. Mankato West
9. Alexandria
10. Kasson-Mantorville
11. Monticello
12. Red Wing
13. Hibbing
14. Worthington
15. Little Falls
16. Delano
17. Northfield
18. Hutchinson
19. Rocori
20. Mahtomedi
Also receiving votes: Fridley, Chisago Lakes Area, St. Thomas Academy, St. Anthony Village, Stewartville, Mound Westonka
Class 2A Baseball Rankings5/17/2017
The Associated Press poll for Minnesota high school baseball, provided by Let's Play Baseball newspaper.

CLASS 2A
1. Belle Plaine
2. Minnehaha Academy
3. Pierz
4. Sauk Centre
5. Jackson County Central
6. Caledonia
7. Maple Lake
8. New Life Academy of Woodbury
9. Pine Island
10. Rochester Lourdes
11. Barnesville
12. Glencoe-Silver Lake
13. St. Peter
14. Aitkin
15. Holy Family Catholic
16. Duluth Marshall
17. Proctor
18. Esko
19. Providence Academy
20. Pequot Lakes
Also receiving votes: Cannon Falls, Foley, New London-Spicer, Fillmore Central, La Crescent, St. Cloud Cathedral, Wadena-Deer Creek, Kenyon-Wanamingo
Class 1A Baseball Rankings5/17/2017
The Associated Press poll for Minnesota high school baseball, provided by Let's Play Baseball newspaper.

CLASS 1A
1. Parkers Prairie
2. BOLD
3. Legacy Christian Academy
4. Springfield
5. Mankato Loyola
6. Deer River
7. Walker-Hackensack-Akeley
8. ML/GHEC/Truman
9. Canby
10. Fosston
11. Wabasso
12. Hinckley-Finlayson
13. Sleepy Eye
14. Cleveland
15. Randolph
16. Red Rock Central/Westbrook-Walnut Grove
17. Minneota
18. Janesville-Waldorf-Pemberton
19. Sleepy Eye St. Mary’s
20. Wabasha/Kellogg
Also receiving votes: Adrian, Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City, Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg, Southland, Menahga, Nevis, Hill City/Northland, Heritage Christian Academy, South Ridge, Ely