By Brenda Erdahl
Maple Lake High School trap shooters will join more than 2,000 of the nation’s best clay target athletes in competing for the title of National Champion this week. The local athletes will travel to Mason, Michigan July 12-15, for the 2018 USA High School Clay Target League National Championship. Athletes qualified by meeting Minnesota’s shooting performance requirements determined by the regular season’s overall average and by meeting extracurricular activity participation eligibility requirements as determined by their school. The National Championship is the first and only event where the best USA High School Clay Target League participants nationwide are invited to attend and compete at the same venue. The event attracts teams from all over the nation and thousands of spectators will be there to cheer them on. Maple Lake competitors will compete as both a team and individually. Brady Carlson, Dan Neutz, Sam Neutz, Sam Schaunuman and Hunter Wurm have teamed up and will compete for a spot in the team championship rounds on Sunday, July 15. After two qualifying sessions on Friday, July 13, only the top 80 teams will go on to the finals. Competing individually for the Irish are Brady Carlson, Ethan Grommesch, Dan Neutz, Sam Neutz, Sam Schaunaman, Emma Spike and Hunter Wurm. They will have to score among the top 400 to qualify for Sunday’s championship rounds. Individual qualifying rounds take place on Saturday, July 14. Fans can follow the leader board at www.claytargetscoring.com for up-to-date scores. On Sunday, individuals compete in the morning and team competition takes place in the afternoon. “This should be a great experience,” Maple Lake Head Coach Suzee Schaunaman said.