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Platte-Geddes repeats with state clay target title

ABERDEEN — For a second consecutive season, the Platte-Geddes High School trapshooting team won the South Dakota High School Clay Target state championship Saturday.

The Black Panthers scored 471 as a team and topped Pierre's 456 points at the Aberdeen Gun Club, just as they did a year ago when they won the event's inaugural title.

For P-G, both Eli DeNeui and Kordell DeHaan were among the state's best shooters during the regular season and both were big parts of the team's state success Saturday. DeHaan hit 98 of 100 targets during his shoot and DeNeui hit 96 of 100 during his round. A year ago, DeNeui was the top varsity shooter and DeHaan was second and they swapped lead spots this season, with the same team result.

In addition to the team award, Platte-Geddes swept the high gun awards, with Hayden Litterick finishing third among varsity male individuals, hitting 95 of 100 targets. Jadon Peterson tied for sixth, hitting 92 and Miles Hubers hit 90 to finish 11th to round out P-G's team scoring. The top-five shooters for a team, regardless of gender, make up the team's scoring.

In the girls competition, Alexis Bultje was second overall among varsity females, shooting an 85. Pierre's Isabel Myren was the top female shooter, firing a 93. Winner/Colome's Katie Welker was third in the junior varsity girls competition, with a 73.

Mitchell, participating in its first high school state meet, finished 10th as a team, hitting 390 targets. Taylor Uithoven was the Kernels' highest finisher, hitting 81 targets and finishing tied for 39th overall. Jack Dailey hit 80, while Austin Geldhof hit 78 for the day.

South Dakota H.S. Clay Target Tournament

Saturday at Aberdeen Gun Club

Team scores (top-5 place): 1. Platte-Geddes 471, 2. Pierre 456, 3. Hot Springs 435, 4. Yankton 430, 5. Brookings 428, 6. Winner/Colome 412, 7. Timber Lake 409, 8. Brandon Valley 404, 9. Milbank 392, 10. Mitchell 390, 11. Stanley County 380, 12. Canton 377, 13. Britton-Hecla 377, 14. Elk Point-Jefferson/Vermillion 361, 15. Bowdle 352, 16. Garretson 334, 17. Chamberlain 332, 18. Gettysburg 325, 19. Harrisburg 257.

High gun divisions

Overall: Kordell DeHaan, Platte-Geddes, 98.

Varsity — Male: 1. Kordell DeHaan, Platte-Geddes, 98; 2. Eli DeNeui, Platte-Geddes, 96; 3. Hayden Litterick, Platte-Geddes, 95.

Varsity — Female: 1. Isabel Myren, Pierre, 93; 2. Alexis Bultje, Platte-Geddes, 85; 3. Jena Kopp, Hot Springs, 79.

Junior varsity — Male: 1. Skyler Archambeau, Hot Springs, 90; 2. Steven Bergmann, Brookings, 88; 3. Riggs Sanchez, Pierre, 87.

Junior varsity — Female: 1. Brooke Wika, Brookings, 78; 2. Danielle Herrlein, Yankton, 76; 3. Katie Welker, Winner/Colome, 73.

Novice — Male: 1. Colton Ramsey, Stanley Co., 85; 2. Spencer Davis, Pierre, 81; 3. Ross Hilt, Canton, 79.

Novice: Female: 1. Autumn Christenson, Brookings, 79; 2. Madalyn Derochie, Elk Point-Jefferson/Vermillion, 72; T3. Lanna Lane, Yankton, and Molly Kraft, Timber Lake, 72.

Individual honors

50 straight: Eli DeNeui, Platte-Geddes.

25 straight: Skyler Archambeau, Hot Springs; Cody Blessing, Hot Springs; Kordel Chmela, Chamberlain; Zane Cope, Hot Springs; Kordell DeHaan, Platte-Geddes; Eli DeNeui, Platte-Geddes; Bradley Hento, Yankton; Hayden Litterick, Platte-Geddes; Hudson McLaury, Pierre; Landon Moe, Brookings; Isabel Myren, Pierre; Jadon Peterson, Platte-Geddes; Riggs Sanchez, Pierre; Cole Swanson, Canton; Taylor Uithoven, Mitchell.

Mitchell scores: Taylor Uithoven 81, Jack Dailey 80, Austin Geldhof 78, Logan Heinzmann 76, Kameron Brown 75, Jensen Maeschen 75, Nicholas Bennett 72, Shane Fahey 72, Tate Snedeker 70