The Silver Bay Clay Busters trapshooting team ran away with the Class 1A Conference 4 title at the end of the regular season.
Silver Bay competes in the Minnesota State High School Clay Target League that consists of 324 teams and close to 12,000 participants.
The Silver Bay shooters took the top five individual spots, with senior Thomas Rowlee earning the top spot averaging 24.3 birds per round — good enough to rank him 19th among Class 1A shooters.
Junior Connor Sullivan was second in the conference and senior Nic Reineccius was third with each shooter averaging at least 23 bird per round. Seniors Gavin LeBlanc and Trevor Larson finished fourth and fifth respectively.
In addition, Silver Bay junior Lily Lewis finished as the top ranked female shooter in Conference 4, with an average score of 20.5.
“All the kids really did well, especially with the weather,” coach Tom Sullivan said. “We had rain, snow and wind and they still performed really well — despite horrible weather conditions.”
Rowlee was also named to the all-state team and will compete with 100 of the top shooters in the state at the Minnesota State High School League clay target tournament Friday, June 21, at the Minneapolis Gun Club in Prior Lake.
Connor Sullivan said he really enjoys trapshooting, and believes if more people tried it, the sport would continue to grow.
“For me, I just like being out there on the range and hollering ‘Pull!,’” he said. “You see the bird fly up and you blast it into a million pieces — it’s kind of like fireworks, almost.”