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Raider shooters shine at state tourneys

The Hudson Raider Shooting Team displays awards following state trap championships. In front row from left are Alex Giebler, Kiera Wood, Jordan Persinger, Tyler Melloy and Garrett Wood. Back row, Jake McCorkel, Caitlin Cravens, Brandon Armstrong and Dan Lawton. Photo courtesy of Leslie Armstrong

The month of June found the Hudson Raider Shooting Team competing in the Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) state shoots held around Wisconsin. The tournaments consisted of the three main clay disciplines of sporting clays, skeet and trap. The trap shooting discipline includes shooting three variations including American trap, handicap trap and doubles trap.

Sporting Clays

Approximately 400 competitors from around the state participated in the Wisconsin SCTP State Sporting Clays Championship at Woods and Meadow Hunting Preserve and Sporting Clays in Warrens, June 9-10. Hudson's varsity squad earned the first place trophy with a combined score of 281/300 and consisted of Tyler Melloy (97/100), Cody Cicha (94/100) and Jordan Persinger (90/100). Melloy also placed first in men's varsity and was the top shooter in the noncollegiate category. Cicha was sixth in men's varsity and sixth overall.

The JV squad came in third consisting of Shane Kraft (85/100), Garrett Wood (84/100) and Brandon Armstrong (84/100). Kraft made the top ten, coming in eighth in men's JV. In the intermediate/advanced division, the Hudson Raiders were seventh overall consisting of Brady Kern (79/100), Claire Diethert (68/100) and Jack Kraft (55/100). Diethert's score put her in fourth place in the women's intermediate advanced. Hudson's intermediate/entry squad brought home the third place trophy and consisted of Jackson Melloy (79/100), Peyton Johnson (70/100) and Drew Hoesley (54/100). Melloy's total placed him fifth overall in men's intermediate entry. In the collegiate division, Brady Lundquist made the top ten, placing ninth overall breaking 86/100 targets.


The Sauk Prairie Trap and Skeet Club hosted the Wisconsin state skeet championship on June 16-17, with approximately 200 shooters participating. Hudson's intermediate/entry (I/E) squad consisting of Peyton Johnson and Drew Hoesley brought home the second place trophy with Johnson shooting 80/100 and Hoesley shooting 64/100. Johnson's score earned him fourth overall for men's intermediate/entry. Hudson's varsity squad earned third place and consisted of Jordan Persinger (97/100), Jake McCorkel (92/100) and Reed Meyer (91/100). Persinger's impressive score earned him the gold medal in men's varsity and he was second high overall in non-collegiate category. Hudson's JV squad came in fourth and consisted of Brandon Armstrong (92/100), Caitlin Cravens (86/100) and Rich Rambo (70/100). Armstrong was sixth overall in men's JV and Cravens was third in ladies JV and tenth high overall in the ladies noncollegiate division. Claire Diethert, the only Hudson shooter in the intermediate/advanced (I/A) division, came in fourth in ladies I/A with 67/100.


The state trap championship June 22-24 in Rome was Wisconsin's most well-attended state shooting event and boasted over 1,600 athletes this year from all over Wisconsin. Approximately 175,500 clay targets where thrown over this three-day event with athletes competing in 16 yard American trap, doubles trap and handicap trap.

In the open team division Hudson came in second overall. The open team division combines scores of the top shooters for the team in skeet, sporting clays and trap. For skeet, Persinger, McCorkel, and Armstrong were the top three shooters. For sporting clays, Jackson Melloy, Cicha, and Persinger made up the top three shooters and for trap, the top five consisted of Tyler Melloy, Persinger, Armstrong, Cravens and Cicha.

Tyler Melloy shot a perfect 100 in American trap and took home the first place medal and title of grand champion after defeating two other shooters in a shootout Sunday afternoon. Melloy was also named high all-around grand champion in the men's senior division with 287/300 for his combined scores in state trap, skeet and sporting clays.

In doubles trap, Jordan Persinger (Senior/Varsity) placed second with 95/100 and second in handicap trap with 93/100. These scores, combined with his American trap score of 97/100 earned him the title of high overall in trap in the varsity men's division. Tyler Melloy took third in this category.

Cravens (Senior.Varsity) earned first in high overall honors in trap in the ladies senior division, shooting 246/300 including her combined scores in American, handicap and doubles trap. Cravens shot 50 straight in American trap, breaking 96/100 targets, and earned second place in the ladies senior/JV division. She placed fifth with 67/100 in doubles trap and earned first in handicap with a score of 83/100.

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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