Although the fall trap shooting season had mostly miserable weather, McGregor, Aitkin and Cromwell students competed for the MAC Birdbusters. “In spite of the weather, it went well,” said head coach Kevin White. “We had a lot of first-year shooters who want to return during the spring season. The enthusiasm was great.”

Three students shot straight 25s. Seth Ridlon shot 25 in a row during two separate weeks, Maciah Aldrich and Landon Sorensen each shot 25 straight for one week.

The team finished in fourth place in Class 1A, Conference 1l during the five-week season behind Alexandria, Waconia and Cambridge-Isanti. In the female division, Jordan Paquette placed third in the conference with a 20.60 average, Jordon Rinta was sixth (19.50) and Emmalee Hoover was tenth (18.00). For the males, Ridlon was ninth (22.70) and Daniel Beldon was tenth (22.60).

White, who is in his second year as head coach added, “We are getting more and more shooters each year. This fall we had 28 on the team, but in the spring, we are likely to have more than 50. The nice thing about the clay target league is that kids can continue shooting in later life. We would like to see more female shooters join the team.”

The coaching staff is entirely volunteer which includes White, Angela DeWitt, the late Dick Kusch, Jim Ryan, Gary Vorlicky, Ben Horton, Randy Kuschke, Walt Ford, Tyson Warner and Todd Nutting. The Bird Busters shoot at Minnewawa Sportsmen’s Club near McGregor and are totally funded through donations.

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