St. Croix Central trapshooting team takes sixth at state meet
The St. Croix Central FFA trapshooting team continues to be a strong presence at the state level of its high school sport.
The Central trap team earned sixth place at the 2017 state competition held at Rome on June 10. Central finished the tournament with a team score of 450 to place sixth out of 52 teams. Boscobel won the team championship with a score of 464.
A team finish this high requires a number of individuals to perform well. The Central squad certainly had that.
Senior Tucker Nauss shot 94 out of 100. That earned him eighth place in the final overall standings for the state competition. It also made him Central’s team high gun for the varsity team. Senior Sam Lang shot 78 to be the team high gun for the junior varsity.
Sophomore Marie Hamlin was the third overall female in the junior varsity competition at the state level, shooting 79.
The sixth place finish at state comes after Central earned fourth in its conference for the spring season. There were 38 students from the middle school and high school who signed up for the team this spring. The increased numbers moved Central up to Conference 10. Central coach Ed Gibb said the league bases its scores on a percentage of shooters. In Central’s case, the top 28 of the 38 scores are used. But Central had several shooters miss different weeks, affecting the overall team results.
“I think it went really well. We had a lot of parent participation and a lot of new shooters,” Gibb said of the spring season. “The girls did really well this year and we’ve got young kids coming up that areshooting really well.”
Gibb included Ethan Boettcher, Brock Thorson, John Miles, Kelton Rozeboom, Spencer Trainor and Cole Becker as some of the younger shooters who are showing promise.
During the regular season, the Central team had a number of outstanding performances during its weekly competitions at the River Falls Sportsmen’s Club. During practices and competitions, 12 times shooters shot perfect 25 scores: four by Boettcher and Caleb Davis, two by Miles and one by Thorsen and Hunter Moegenburg. Boettcher also shot 50 straight twice, and Trainor did once; Boettcher also reached 75 straight in one instance. Boettcher continued shooting that night, hitting 96 straight before missing on his 97th attempt. He hit 99 of his 100 targets.
Boettcher placed fifth in the state for top male average. Davis placed 17th, Moegenburg 28th, Austin Boettcher was 48th and Trainor was 63rd.
Ethan Boettcher ranked third in Conference 10 with a 23.9 average. Davis was sixth at 23.2, Moegenburg tenth at 22.8, Austin Boettcher 16th at 22.10 and Trainor 19th at 21.9. Hamlin was the top female for the Panthers, placing 11th in the conference with a 17.9 average. Cecilia Imboden was 19th at 17.2, Abby Boettcher 12rd at 16.8 and Karlee Martinez 15th at 16.7.
There were 1,449 students from 65 Wisconsin high school teams participating in the Wisconsin State High School Clay Target leagues this spring.