The Hastings High School trap shooting team competed in the 2019 Minnesota State High School Clay Target League Trap Championship on June 18 in Alexandria. More than 8,300 shooters from over 330 teams from around the State competed over the course of nine days at the event. Since Hastings has the largest highschool team in the state, they had 95 students (62 male and 33 female) shoot on the final day of competition against over 900 shooters.
Out of 15 teams shooting in Class 9A, Hastings placed fourth overall with 479 points. The first place team was Fairmont High with 483 points. Hastings' novice team finished in fourth out of 14 teams, junior varsity team were the champions and varsity also took fourth.
Hastings high gun males were Corbin Nestingen (74 of 100) who tied for 17th in novice, Carter Bauer (93 of 100) who finished third in junior varsity and Tanner Kordosky (98 of 100) who was the state champion for varsity. Hastings team high gun females were Katelyn Rud (69 of 100) who tied for 16th in novice, McKayla Kielas (91 of 100) who won a state championship in junior varsity and Jenna Anderson (91 or 100) who tied for 7th for varsity.
Individuals that shot 25 out of 25 at state were Matthew Beissel, Lauren Dubej, Colton Dunkel, Tucker Herrmann, Kordosky, Logan Litschke, Ben Mathison, Adam McCallum, Cameron McDonald, Luke McNamara, Luke Nadeau, Garrett Rother, Bradley Route and Colin Wittenberg. Individuals that shot 50 out of 50 at state were Kordosky and Adam McCallum. Kordosky was also the only shooter of the day to shoot a straight 75.
The Minnesota State High School Clay Target League recognizes the shooters with the top 100 league averages as the Minnesota State High School Clay Target League All-State Trap Team. These students receive a special All-State patch and qualify for the Minnesota State High School League state tournament. Kordosky qualified with a 24.20 average and had the honor of competing at the invite only tournament in Prior Lake on June 21. He shot against the top shooters in the state, shooting a 95 out of 100, landing him a tie for 42nd.
In Alexandria, Hastings qualified for that meet for the first time as a team (22nd out of the top 40 teams overall) and sent their top five shooters in from Alexandria-Kordosky, McCallum, Nadeau, Wesley Sneddeker and Wittenberg to compete on in Prior Lake against the top 40 teams. The team finished in 18th with 464 points. Logan Litschke was in the top five in Alexandria, but was unable to compete at Prior Lake. Individuals that shot 25 out of 25 were Kordosky, McCallum and Nadeau.
Hastings also has 11 shooters registered for the second annual National High School Clay Target League trap championship in Mason, Mich., July 10-14. They will be competing against 2,000 of the nations best youth trap shooters. They are Anderson, Bauer, Beissel, Julia Human, Brennen Keiffer, Kordosky, Nadeau, Adam Neisen, Sneddeker, Aaron Steding and Wittenberg.