The Hudson Raiders Shooting Team took 62 athletes, ranging in age from fourth grade to the collegiate level to the Wisconsin Scholastic Clay Target Program State Trap Championship held at the WTA Homegrounds in Rome, Wisconsin on June 21-23, 2019. Competing against more than 1,700 athletes from 80 teams from across the state, the Raiders did well in all three trap events including American Trap, Doubles Trap and Handicap Trap with many Raiders posting their best scores of the season.
The Rookie squad consisting of Noah Svoboda (86/100), Chase Johnson (85/100), Sam Rogers (80/100), Colten Dart (66/100) and Johann Stolz (60/100) placed third hitting a total of 377/500 targets.
With regard to overall standings as a team in American Trap, the Senior Varsity placed 12th, JV was sixth, Intermediate/Advanced was seventh, and Intermediate/Entry was fourth.
Kiera Wood, the lone collegiate shooter for the Raiders, brought home the second place medal in American trap, the third place medal in doubles trap, placed fourth in handicap and was ninth high overall (HOA) with her combined scores in all three trap disciplines.
Noah Svoboda earned a fourth place medal with his score of 86/100 in American trap.
Lauren Kern was awarded second place for her efforts in doubles trap, hitting 70/100, which was quite remarkable considering this was the first time Kern had ever shot this particular discipline. Kern was also seventh HOA and seventh in handicap trap.
Top ten finishers in their respective divisions included Brandon Armstrong (ninth HOA and tenth in handicap), Caitlin Cravens (fifth HOA, sixth in doubles and fifth in handicap), Alyssa Grezek (tenth HOA, eighth in doubles and fourth in handicap), Chase Johnson (seventh in trap), Peyton Johnson (tenth in trap), and Selina Swenson (sixth HOA, sixth in doubles and eighth in handicap).
Awards for High All Around were also handed out which included the sum scores for the top five athletes for each team shooting at the state tournaments for American Trap, American Skeet and Sporting Clays. As a team, the Raiders finished fourth with a total of 1,364/1,500 targets, missing third place by only one target. Individually, Caitlin Cravens was fourth overall in the Varsity Ladies Division, Brandon Armstrong was fifth overall in the Varsity Men's Division and Peyton Johnson was seventh overall in the Intermediate/Advanced division.
Several athletes posted perfect rounds with Sam Bonhus hitting 50 straight in American trap, and Trevor Cochrane, Cravens, Brady Kern, Zachary Nordeen, Joshua Ochocki, Collin Richert and Nathan Teufer all hitting one round of 25 straight in American Trap. Wood had two perfect rounds in American Trap and finished with 98/100. Armstrong also posted a perfect round in handicap trap.
Next the Raiders will travel to the 2019 Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) and Scholastic Action Shooting Program (SASP) National Championships at the Cardinal Shooting Center in Marengo, Ohio on July 13-20, 2019.