Trap shooting: Tigers pepper top-100

The snow has started to stream down and trap and skeet season has come to a close. With it, three of Princeton’s trap shooters finished inside the top-100 statewide.

Hanson holds up a patch he recieved after downing 50-straight targets. He finished just one short of 100 straight during weeks four and five of the season.
Hanson holds up a patch he recieved after downing 50-straight targets. He finished just one short of 100 straight during weeks four and five of the season.

Peter Hanson Jr., Scott Furman and David Mach paced the Tigers. Hanson finished in a tie for the sixth best average score, shooting 23.9 out of 25 birds per round. Fuhrman placed 22nd (23.4) and Mach finished 77th in the state with an average score of 22.6.
The team, made up of 30 athletes, would finish fourth out of eight teams in Class A Conference 11 with Blaine High School toting the victory. Individually, Hanson and Furman led the conference as the top-two shooters.
Hanson also downed 99 straight targets during the season. He missed his final bird for the perfect 100.
“He said ‘I dropped the last one’ and I was like ‘no you didn’t!’, coach Michelle Cunningham laughed. “He just kind of did the whole ‘awe shucks’ type thing.”
Hanson walked away with team Top-Gun honors while Andrew Schultz and Natalie Pracht won most improved.
The team also had five skeet shooters including Reed Hamers, who finished in a tie for 35th statewide (20.2 average), and Alyssa Schmaedeka, who finished seventh in the state among girls (15.8).
Coach Michelle Cunningham thinks these strong individual scores will lead to better team results when spring rolls around.
“We have some very strong athletes and a lot of athletes really committed to the sports, so I’m hoping to see some of that success this [spring],” Cunningham said.
Not only will they have this season’s fall shooters, but they will gain more athletes in a few months because of multiple competition times that cannot be offered in the fall due to weather and daylight issues.