In it’s first season, the Milbank Clay Target team edged out Brookings by two clays to win the conference championship title. “The conference award was based on the complete season,” explained coach Paul Sayler. “ Tanner Bock also earned a third place finish in the conference.
On June 11, 12 local shooters took part in the state clay target contest in Aberdeen. “Ten of our 12 shooters outshot their season average,” said Sayler. “So overall, we had a great performance.” Milbank was in fourth place after the opening round, but dropped to sixth after the second round. Chase Pinkert and Ben Nelson fell just short of the podium and finished fourth in their divisions.
“Next year, we hope clay target shooting will be recognized by Milbank as an official activity,” said Sayler. “All the other participating schools have already done so.”
Clay target is officially the fastest growing sport in the nation with over 13,000 participants. Thirty-five percent of all participants nationally had the clay target league as their only school activity. It is also the safest sport with no injuries reported. Statewide, there were 211 shooters this year, but South Dakota is expecting to triple the number of participants next year.
Taking part in the state contest were: Alec Bien (#10 in B division), Nate Bien (#24 in B division), Tanner Bock (#24 in A division), Nathan Hansen (#18 in B division), Ben Nelson (#4 in C division), Daniel Pies (#12 in C division), Chase Pinkert (#4 in B division), Gage Sayler (#18 in C division), Austin Schuelke (#33 in B division), Brock Jurgens (#26 in B division), and Lucas Hansen.
Earning a varsity letter for Milbank were: Alec Bien, Nate Bien, Tanner Bock, Dalton Koch, Ben Nelson, Chase Pinkert, Austin Schuelke, Isaiah Wollschlager, and Riley Wollschlager.
Other team members were: Zach Angerhofer, Casey Buttke, Jake Fox, Tanner Gauer, Nathan Hansen, Nolan Hanson, Taran Mogard, Isaac Nolz, Daniel Pies, Gage Sayler, Devin Stricherz, Tate Stricherz, Brock Jurgens, Caden Wollschlager, and Lucas Hansen.
Photo id – Taking part in the state clay target contest (back row, left to right) were: Lucas Hansen, Chase Pinkert, Tanner Bock, Daniel Pies, Ben Nelson, and Nate Bien. Front row: Gage Sayler, Nathan Hansen, Brock Jurgens, Austin Schuelke, Alec Bien, and coach Paul Sayler.
Tanner Bock with his third place conference finish.