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Goeden leads WDC trap team to seventh place at state

Submitted photo Members of Wadena-Deer Creek’s state trap team competing June 7 in Alexandria were, from left, Drew Killian, Jacob Goeden, Matt Goeden, Chris Hahn and Bryce Cooper.

Junior Jacob Goeden captured third place in the individual standings to lead the Wadena-Deer Creek trap team to a seventh place finish June 7 in the Novice Division of the Minnesota High School Clay Target League State Tournament.

A field of 61 teams, comprised of more than 450 individuals converged on the Alexandria Shooting Park. When the gun smoke cleared, the five-man WDC team had shattered 285 of the 375 clay targets that they had seen. Breckenridge won the Novice Division with a score of 306.

Jacob Goeden finished the day with a 68 out of 75, which actually tied him with Tanner Fischer of Staples Motley for second place. At the end of the tournament the two embarked on a sudden victory shoot-off in front of all of the other shooters and fans. Goeden finally missed on the 12th target and Fischer was able to wrap up second place when he shattered the next bird. Jonathan Korinek of Breckenridge was the top gun in the division with a 70. Goeden shot rounds of 24, 22, and 22 during the day.

WDC’s Drew Killian finished in a tie for sixth by smashing 64 of 75 targets. Chris Hahn was next for the Wolverines in a tie for 11th. Hahn was able to powder 59 of 75. Matt Goeden was right behind in a tie for 12th with 58 targets broken. Bryce Cooper rounded out the Wolverine scoring with a 36, good for a tie for 34th place.

“Being a first-year program, we didn’t know exactly what to expect,” said Norm Gallant, one of the WDC Trap Team Coaches, “It’s a pretty intimidating place with all of the kids and 20 trap houses, but it didn’t bother our kids. The kids shot a practice round right away when we got there and it really went well. They gained a lot of confidence and didn’t let the surroundings bother them. They shot great.”

Twenty members from WDC shot weekley at Knob Hill in Rural Wadena. The team received strong support from the Knob Hill Sportsmen’s Club, the Deer Creek Rod and Gun Club, the Wadena Chapter of the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association, Wadena Pheasants Forever, Mason Brothers, D&J Services, and Weber’s Wadena Hardware.

Volunteer coaches for  the team this year were Mike Kenney, Chelsea Goldberg, Norm Gallant, Don Schiller, and Chris Holman.

“We had great support this year,” Gallant said, “Everyone wanted to make this successful. I think we learned a lot and the kids had a good time. The sportsmen and women in the area really stepped up. We also had great parent support.  It was a great year.”