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MHS marks successful shooting season with top-6 finish

ABERDEEN—A successful season for the Mitchell High School trapshooting team came to an end Saturday with a sixth-place finish at the South Dakota High School Clay Target League state tournament.

Around 564 students and 30 teams competed at the state tournament and it marks the best finish for Mitchell's program, which is in its second year and is coached by Jerry Opbroek.

Mitchell was in conference No. 4, which it finished second in with 444 points on Saturday. The Kernels finished a point behind Yankton for fifth overall and two points behind Canton for fourth.

Platte-Geddes won the conference and finished second overall with 468 points. Brandon Valley finished third in the conference, followed by Groton, Chamberlain, Aberdeen Central, Elk Point-Jefferson and Bowdle.

Mitchell was one of 11 schools to have two or more students record at least 90 points. That gave a boost to its team score, which is made up of each team's top-five individual scores.

Logan Heinzmann led the Kernels with 93 points and tied for 18th. He scored a team-best 49 points in the first session, but Kameron Brown, who finished 21st with 92 points, had the longest run of hits at 21 during his 48-point first session.

Jarod Uher placed 47th with 88 points, including a run of 14 in a row during session one. Mitchell also had a score of 86 from Nicholas Bennett, who used a 46-point second session to finish in 65th.

Taylor Feterl and Daewood Gerlach each scored 85 points to tie for 72nd. Feterl's run of 17 was Mitchell's longest in the second session.

Competing in the female junior varsity division, Delana Henkel was third with a score of 81. Teammate Brynn Palmer was 15th in the junior varsity girls division, scoring 73 points and Maryah Weis was tied for 20th in the novice girls division with a score of 60.

Heinzmann, Brown, Bennett, Gerlach and Alex Bergeson also earned all-state honors by placing top-50 for scoring over the five competition events during the regular season.

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