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Junior shooters win state trapshoot for second straight year

By Staff | Aug 1, 2014

Submitted Pictured, from left to right, are Rugby Gun Club Junior team members Kaden Jaeger, Bryer Erickson, Austin Erickson, Matthew Oksendahl and Reid Mundahl.

The Rugby Gun Club Junior team competed in the North Dakota State Trapshoot in Minot on July 23.

For the second straight year, Rugby won the competition by three hits. Of the 20 teams competing, Rugby registered a top score of 451/500 and Devils Lake and Minot followed at 448 and 447, respectively.

Bryer Erickson led Rugby with an impressive 94/100. His teammates had the following scores: Matthew Oksendahl 93, Austin Erickson 91, Reid Mundahl 91 and Kaden Jaeger 82.

The Ericksons join the Rugby team from Minnewaukan.

“It’s nothing, you just have to concentrate and not think about anything but shooting,” Bryer Erickson, 14, said. “You don’t have to really aim, but shoot in the general area and where you think is best.”

Bryer said the team’s goal isn’t to just win each year, but also to beat top adult competition.

“Most of them are fairly experienced shooters and they shoot (good) scores every week,” junior coach Norman Howard said. “If they have any issues we try to help them out, but I guess basically they’re talented.”

Youth can compete in the division until they’re 18 years old.

“I think we’re gonna lose one or two shooters next year, but we have more coming up behind them, so hopefully they can fill in the spots,” Howard said.

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