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The NRHEG High School clay target team held its fall awards banquet on Thursday, Nov. 16 in the commons at the school.
Eighty-two parents and athletes celebrated a successful fall season as they ate, watched a 2017 year-in-review slide show, and helped recognize individual awards. For the fall season there were 21 lettewinners out of the 44-person team. To letter, an athlete must have an average of 20 out of 25 or better and compete in at least four of the five weeks of competitions. The team also recognized the eight athletes who finished in the top 25 averages for their conference in both boys’ and girls’ categories.
For the guys, Evan Dobberstein (3rd), Alex Romer (5th), Ashton Worke (11th), Noah Alinder (11th), Alex Dobberstien (22nd) and Clay Stenzel (22nd) each received a trophy to mark their achievement. Also receiving top 25 trophies were Morgan Sack (23rd) and Hanna Sack (24th).
Finally, the team announced their Most Improved Shooter and their Top Gun. Hanna Sack became the first female to receive the Most Improved shooter with her average increase of over 274% from the start of the season to the end. The Top Gun award went to Evan Dobberstein, who shot an outstanding 24 out of 25 targets on average each week.
A huge thank you goes out to the team’s sponsors, the Owatonna Gun Club and our team of volunteer coaches, Dan Sorum, Kim Olson, Al Kraay, Neal Pederson, Dawn Raatz, and Steve Raatz.
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Award winners were announced at the NRHEG fall athletic ceremony Thursday, Nov. 16.
They were, by sport:
• Most Valuable — Perry Peterson
• MVP Defense — Tyler Jacobson
• MVP Offense — Peterson
• Lunch Pail Award — Cole Staloch
• All-district — Peterson, Staloch, Jacobson, Quinten Arndt
• All-district honorable mention — Jake Stork, Brady Agrimson
• Most Valuable Offense — Olivia Christopherson
• Most Valuable Defense — Sydney Schlinger
• Most Improved — Kylie Arndt
• Panther Award — Makenzi Rhodes, Lexie Ignaszewski
• All-conference — Christopherson
• All-conference honorable mention — Schlinger
• Gopher Conference sportsmanship award — Rhoades, Ignaszewski
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NRHEG ends regular season with highest weekly point total in conference
As the cooler weather started to set in, it was time for the marksmen from the NRHEG clay target team to take to the range one last week.
Coming into the week they had a lock on third place in the conference, but a large gap to move into second place. The team answered the challenge with the highest point total for a week of any team the conference this season.
While it wasn't enough to move them up, it was a fine exclamation mark on the season in a conference that was an outstanding challenge from the first week to the last.
The team was led by its top shooter, Evan Dobberstein, with a perfect round of 25 and a round of 24 for a total 49/50 for the night. He was joined by 10 other shooters who turned in a range of scores from 45 to 48, all of which were in the top 20 scores for the week. This was combined with a team-low counting score that was higher than any yet this season to set the mark for a single week of shooting for any team in Conference 15.
"We may not have moved up in the standings," said NRHEG coach Dan Sorum, "But we certainly made the best effort we could have in the attempt."