June 28, 2017 10:42 PM
This year marked just the fourth annual Minnesota State Tournament for the Clay Target League. It's still freshly recognized at the state level, but thousands are participating in this up-and-coming sport.
During the 2017 clay target season there were 11,300 participants among 345 teams in Minnesota. At the state tournament held in Prior Lake, Minnesota, there were a near 300 participants combined in the team and individual competition and Duluth East senior Kyle Michalicek was one of them.
Michalicek's preparation just days before the tournament consisted of more time on guns and clays, working on balancing and his feet, making sure he felt comfortable on the trap.
"It feels cool to go to state. It's the first out of our group to go and I'm pretty excited to go down there and see what it's like," said Michalicek.
It was a first for Michalicek and a first for the Duluth East program, who has only been established for three years, to send an athlete to state clay target tournament.
It's a really big step," said Duluth East Trap Shooting Head Coach Kurt Michalicek. "We had a lot of people this year that were really excelling in shooting this year, so it's something to be able to look forward to--to take more kids down to state.
Michalicek finished among the top third individually and on among Northland teams, Hibbing took second place overall. Going into the tournament, Michalicek said his goal was to just take in the experience.
"the main thing is to just take it all in and see what everything is like. Obviously shoot my best and place as high as I can but, just have fun," Michalicek added before heading to the tournament.
As a team they hope to continue growing this sport, especially up in the Northland.
It doesn't matter how strong you are, your fitness, whether you're male or female, we're a co-ed sport. Boys and girls can both excel at this sport," said Kurt Michalicek. "To watch kids from the start of the the season when kids are shooting 9's and 10's out of 25 to the end of the season when they're shooting 18's and 20's, it's just fun to watch them excel and get better," added Michalicek.
Updated: June 28, 2017 10:42 PM
Created: June 27, 2017 04:21 PM
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