Tri-City United senior Benjamin Sladek just shot another perfect score of 100 of 100 clay targets. Not many of even the top shooters can say they have accomplished this.

Caribou Gun Club in Le Sueur held its 2019 High School Trap Championship event June 1-2. This year, there were seven local teams participating: Belle Plaine, Cleveland, Jordan, Le Sueur–Henderson, Sibley East, St. Peter and Tri-City United.

For the second year in a row, the TCU trap team has taken first place at both the varsity and junior varsity team levels. TCU had three athletes place in the individual competition with high overall honors going to:

Boys:

• Ben Sladek – 1st Place — 100/100 – Perfect Score.

• Andrew Trnka – 3rd Place – 94/100

Girls:

• Chloe Trident – 3rd Place – 82/100

Sladek graduated this spring from Tri-City United.

“It has been fun watching Ben improve on his shooting over the years,” said Lori Jenson, TCU Clay Target Club secretary and board member. “He has spent many, many hours practicing in all types of Minnesota weather. His hard work, efforts and dedication have paid off.”

The League recognizes the Top 100 average overall of the spring 2019 trap season. Sladek qualified for the 2019 All-State Team with a four-way tie in ninth place with a season average of 24.50. Making the All-State Team qualifies him to participate in the 2019 Minnesota State High School League’s State Tournament June 21 at the Minneapolis Gun Club in Prior Lake.

On June 15, the TCU Team will be participating in the Class 6A Competition at the 2019 Trap Shooting Championship at the Alexandria Shooting Park in Alexandria. This is the world’s largest trap shooting event which will take place from June 10 to June 18. There will be over 330 teams with over 8,300 athletes shooting at the tournament during this nine day period. The top finishers from Alexandria will advance to the Minnesota State High School League’s State Tournament.

Sladek also qualified for the Individual State Tournament in 2018, placing in a five-way tie for championship win, shooting 100/100. In 2017, Sladek placed 11th overall at the State Shoot.

Team honors:

Varsity Champions: Tri-City United • 470x500

Ben Sladek • 100x100

Andrew Trnka • 94x100

Wiley Peterson • 94x100

James Krautkramer • 93x100

Jonathan Hurd • 89x100

Varsity RU: Sibley East • 423x500

Hunter Stearns • 94x100

Savannah Oachs • 85x100

Jordan Latzke • 83x100

Owen Reid • 81x100

Devin Jenneke • 80x100

Junior Varsity Champions: Tri-City United • 387x500

Chloe Trident • 82x100

Dylan Fox • 81x100

Hunter Swaggert • 75x100

Caleb Holicky • 75x100

Ben Dresow • 74x100

Junior Varsity RU: Sibley East • 386x500

Davis Wibstad • 82x100

Cheton Kumar • 78x100

Hunter Nelson • 78x100

Carter Rodning • 74x100

Mariah Kranz • 74x100

Individual honors:

Boys HOA: Ben Sladek • 100x100 • Tri-City United

Boys RU: Hunter Stearns • 94x100 • Sibley East

Boys 3rd: Andrew Trnka • 94x100 • Tri-City United

Girls HOA: Elsa Strom • 90x100 • Le Sueur-Henderson

Girls RU: Savannah Oachs • 85x100 • Sibley East

Girls 3rd: Chloe Trident • 82x100 • Tri-City United

Reach Sports Editor Pat Beck at 931-8566 or follow him on Twitter.com @SPHSportsPat.

St. Peter Herald Sports Editor covers St. Peter, Cleveland, Le Center, Le Sueur-Henderson and Tri-City United and Gustavus Adolphus College. Fishing, tennis and golf enthusiast

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