The Kingsland trap team attended state competition the beginning of June.  Front row – Matthew Woods and Khristian Pike. Back row – Coach Doug Plaehn, Jackson Rindels, Jacob Rindels, Jordan Meskill, Trevor Schwarz, Coach Neal Hinners.  Not shown is Marcus Plaehn.
The Kingsland trap team attended state competition the beginning of June. Front row – Matthew Woods and Khristian Pike. Back row – Coach Doug Plaehn, Jackson Rindels, Jacob Rindels, Jordan Meskill, Trevor Schwarz, Coach Neal Hinners. Not shown is Marcus Plaehn.
Seven Kingsland trap team athletes - Matthew Woods, Khristian Pike, Jackson Rindels, Jacob Rindels, Jordan Meskill, Trevor Schwarz and Marcus Plaehn - attended the Minnesota State High School Clay Target League (MSHSCTL) championship on Friday, June 6.

According to co-coach Doug Plaehn, this invitational held at the Alexandria Shooting Park in Alexandria, Minn., from June 6 to June 10 is open to anyone who participated in the League this spring. Participation in the MSHSCTL championship is not determined by ranking.

Kingsland's seven individuals attending the MSHSCTL championship were among the more than 3,900 participants at the largest youth trapshooting event in the world. This was also the team pre-qualifier for the first-ever Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) Presenting Partner State Tournament held June 14 at the Minneapolis Gun Club in Prior Lake, Minn.

Plaehn and trap team co-coach Neal Hinners accompanied the students to the competition. Kingsland shooters were on the same field as Annandale, Dassel-Cokato, and Lafayette, and were paired up with Annandale for a shooting time to form complete squads of five. The students who were waiting for their turns enjoyed "watching them shoot in a different environment and how they handle the challenges," said Plaehn.

They had to shoot twice as many rounds, said Plaehn. During the league, they would shoot two rounds totaling 50 shots. At the championship, they had to shoot four rounds totaling 100 shots. The trap ranges at the Alexandria Shooting park faces I-94, so there were cars, semis and other vehicles constantly passing by in the background. This year's MSHSCTL championship was the largest youth trapshooting tournament in the world, so there were a lot of people watching and a lot of downtime waiting to shoot, added Plaehn.

Meskill, who qualified to go to state as the number one shooter in the conference and 34th of more than 6,000 shooters in the state, also qualified at the individual competition at the MSHSL state trap tournament as he was one of the top 100 shooters in the state of Minnesota during the season.

"Even though we did not have a team or individual place, coach Hinners and myself could not be more proud of how each one of them shot and handled themselves that day," said Plaehn. "They represent Kingsland well and are a great bunch of kids."

The entire 2014 Kingsland trap team included Courtney Erding, Shelby Erding, Hunter Fabian, Tyler Fabian, Tyler Ruesink, Jackson Rindels, Jordan Meskill, Jacob Rindels, Matthew Woods, Khristian Pike, Trevor Schwarz and Marcus Plaehn.

"These are a great bunch of kids, and as coaches, we enjoyed having them on the team," said Plaehn.