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Trap Shooting: Persinger top shooter at Western finals

Hudson's Jordan Persinger took top honors in trap with a nearly perfect score of 99/100 at the 2018 Western Blue Division Finals trap shoot on June 2 at the Hudson Rod, Gun and Archery Club. Photo courtesy of Leslie Armstrong

The Hudson Raiders hosted the 2018 Western Blue Division Finals trap shoot June 2, at the Hudson Rod, Gun and Archery Club. Approximately 200 youth shooters from Hudson and surrounding communities participated in a 100-bird shoot.

Jordan Persinger of the Raiders Senior/Varsity division shot 99/100 and earned the top overall shooter award. Tyler Melloy was second in the Senior/Varsity division with 94/100. Hudson's Senior/Varsity squad consisting of Persinger, Melloy, Jake McCorkel (94/100), Reed Meyer (93/100) and Derek Werner (92/100) were awarded the first-place team trophy in their division.

Hudson's Senior/Junior Varsity Division also came in first consisting of Garrett Wood (89/100), Caitlin Cravens (87/100), Dan Lawton (85/100), Brandon Armstrong (84/100) and Trevor Cochrane (80/100). Wood's total was also enough to earn him a second place medal in the JV division.

Hudson's Intermediate/Advanced squad came in second with Claire Diethert shooting 86/100, Meghan Ford 83/100, Jack Kraft 82/100, Brady Kern 82/100 and Bennett Hatfield 76/100.

Hudson's Intermediate/Entry squad consisting of Peyton Johnson (94/100), Gabriel Stolz (84/100), Jackson Melloy (80/100), Ethan Jensen (77/100) and Benjamin Forcier (75/100) also earned first place. Individually, Johnson was awarded a first-place medal and Stolz a second-place medal in the I/E division.

Hudson's Rookie squad also took first place with Chase Johnson hitting 69/100, Thomas Englund 51/100, Sadie Richter 27/100, Colten Dart 26/100 and Noah Svoboda 23/100. Johnson, Englund and Richter swept the first-, second- and third-place medals in the Rookie division.

In the Make-A-Break fun shoot, which is similar to five-stand, Chase Johnson was the top shooter for the I/A, I/E and Rookie divisions with a score of 47. Armstrong was the overall fastest shooter of the day in the .22 pistol/rifle steel challenge competition.

Bob Burrows

Bob Burrows has been sports editor at the River Falls Journal since 1996 and at the Hudson Star-Observer since 2009. Prior to joining the Journal, Burrows served as sports editor with Ledger Publications in Balsam Lake, Wis. A native of Bayonne, N.J. and a U.S. Navy veteran, Burrows attended Marquette University before completing his studies at UW-River Falls in 1992.

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