Milaca trap team takes home first place at Championship

After a successful first spring of the Milaca trap shooting team, they capped their season off with a first-place finish at the Minnesota State High School League Championship in Alexandria last Friday.

Milaca, who was in Class A, took home the junior varsity title after hitting 433-out-of-500 targets. Teams are split into classes based on school size, and then from there they are split into three categories (novice, junior varsity and varsity) based on their performance throughout the spring season.

One Milaca shooter, Cole Earl took home high gun honors by hitting 98-of-100 targets.

“We did very well,” said Dave Totzke, one of Milaca’s coaches. “Cole (Earl) did a great job to get the top spot.”

Ben Totzke did well too as he placed in the top 20 with a mark of 89. Noah Totzke added an 84, Nathan Zorn hit 82 and Jack Barsody converted 80 to make the Milaca total of 433. The total is made by adding the top five scores together.

Other shooters for Milaca were Cole Barsody’s 75, Austin Majerus’ 79, John Manthie’s 74, Austin Larsen’s 73 and Austin Scherer’s 56.

Their score topped more than 60 other Class A junior varsity division teams. Earl’s score of 98 topped more than 300 shooters in the category.

“It went really well, and it was well run,” Dave Totzke said. “The facility was wonderful.”

Dave Totzke believes the boys can still improve, and though the varsity division is much more difficult, thinks they could make it up to there next year.