Mitchell captures team honor, two individual titles at South Dakota Junior Trapshooting Championships

Mitchell had a five-person team championship and two top individual finishes, while three area shooters also posting top marks.

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Pictured (from left to right) are Cooper Ducheneaux, Chase Eitemiller, Maddy Henkel, Grant London and Nate McCormick, the five members of the Mitchell team that captured the senior division team championship at the South Dakota Junior Trapshooting Championships on August 7, 2022, at the Mitchell Gun Club.
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MITCHELL — It was a successful weekend for Mitchell area shooters at the South Dakota Junior Trapshooting Championships, hosted on Aug. 7 at the Mitchell Trap Club.

The five-person team of Chase Eitemiller, Nate McCormick, Grant London, Cooper Ducheneaux and Maddy Henkel, all of Mitchell, converted on 449 of 500 targets to claim the team title in the senior division.

Henkel also won the senior girls 16-yard singles, going 92-for-100, while Delana Henkel posted an 89-for-100 mark. Trinity Wilson, Mitchell’s second individual champion, won the handicap discipline in the junior girls division (44-for-50).

McCormick finished as the runner-up in senior division singles (97-for-100), while Trell Kaupp, also of Mitchell, posted an identical score in junior division singles.

Jadon Petersen, of Platte, was among the top shooters across all divisions, posting top marks in 16-yard singles (99-for-100), doubles (47-for-50) and handicap (47-for-50) to finish with the top overall total in the senior division at 193 out of a possible 200.


Katie Welker, of Hamill, placed top of the girls division at 183 out of 200, shooting 98-for-100 in singles, 43-for-50 in doubles and 42-for-50 in handicap.

Rounding out the area winners was Jude Sargent, of Winner, who placed first in the senior division handicap discipline, edging Peterson with a score of 48-for-50.

Other overall division winners included Aberdeen’s Zane Backous, the only competitor to post a perfect score in an event, going 100-for-100 in singles. Backous also had the top scores in the doubles and handicap, sweeping the three disciplines in the junior division with a combined total of 195-for-200, as well as helping Aberdeen to the junior team title.

Sibley, Iowa’s Rhett Buchholtz earned the top spot in the 12-and-under division, going 156-of-200 overall with a first-place finish in doubles (37-for-50).

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