Hopkins trap team athletes participated in the Minnesota State High School League State Shoot June 22 at the Minneapolis Gun Club. Sam Barczak, a HHS junior, tied for 52nd in the competition with a score of 95 and David Lorentz, a HHS senior, tied for 20th with a score of 98. HHS trap coach Mark Czech said that the competition was fierce.
“To give you some perspective on how good the kids are getting at this—you had to go 100/100 to be in it at the end,” Czech said.
There were five athletes in the competition who ran 100 targets.
Lorentz and Barczak qualified for the state competition after placing in the top 100 of 11,500 athletes during the 2018 regular season.
Hopkins High School had 40 athletes in grades 7-12 participate in the MSHSCTL Class 4A Conference 3.
Lorentz was the Class 4A Conference 3 High Gun Conference Overall and the first place high gun male athlete with a season average of 24.10. Barczak was the Class 4A Conference 3 third place high gun male with a season average of 23.90. Ian Goral placed 18th with a season average of 23 and Madeline Gieseke was the 17th place high gun female with a season average of 16.30.
HHS had 30 athletes compete in the MSHSCTL State Championship in Alexandria, Minn. The novice team place eighth with a score of 335, the junior varsity placed third with a score of 433 and varsity placed third with a score of 467. There were over 800 athletes and 31 schools who participated in the competition.