ABERDEEN -- The Mitchell High School trapshooting team continues to climb the state ladder.

The Kernels recorded a third-place finish in Class 2A at the South Dakota High School Clay Target League state tournament on Sunday. It marks the best finish in program history.

Mitchell came in sixth last season and 10th in 2017.

Mitchell coach Jerry Opbroek points to experience leading to the Kernels finish this season.

“The fact that some of the older kids had been there before certainly makes a difference,” Opbroek said. “Because there’s always the nerve factor once you get to that level of competition and then we had some really good young shooters that either joined this year or were unable to shoot last year for one reason or another.”

The Kernels finished with 452 points. Platte-Geddes captured the Class 2A crown with 470 points.

“It would have been very difficult for anyone to beat Platte on that day,” Opbroek said. “They just shot exceptionally well. They have a really good team and for anybody to catch up to them -- on this particular weekend -- it would have been hard.”

Individually, Mitchell’s Jonah Schmidt finished third in the high gun varsity male division with 95 points. Platte-Geddes’ Jadon Petersen took first with a 98, while Chamberlain’s Christian Fees placed second with a 97.

Mitchell’s Delana Henkel was second in Conference 1 of Class 2A with a 21.7 average in the female division. Kameron Brown finished second in Conference 1 of Class 2A with a 23.5 average in the male division.

“We are very happy with our performance,” Opbroek said. “We certainly wish we would have performed better at the state level, but that happens. Overall we are really happy with this bunch of students that we had. They are just a great bunch of kids.”