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Francis, Ziemer top Fairmont Area trap team

FAIRMONT — The Fairmont Area High School trap team made its debut in the USA Clay Target League’s fall season.

After having to cancel the entire spring clay target season due to COVID-19 concerns by the Minnesota State High School League, Fairmont Area chose to compete during the fall portion of the extracurricular competition.

Due to high active cases of the coronavirus throughout the state, the league allowed teams to shoot with a flexible schedule throughout the entire month of November.

Thirty-two student-athletes from Fairmont Area completed the coronavirus-condensed campaign in its entirety.

Senior Jackson Francis, a perennial member of Fairmont Area’s state-qualifying spring shooting squads, topped all competitors by breaking 239 out of a possible 250 clay targets during the fall schedule.

Gracie Ziemer proved the top overall female shooter with a total of 189.

Ethan Stenzel posted the junior class’ top score of 161, Adam Wohlhuter recorded a 204 to pace all sophomores, while Ethan Geerdes led the freshmen group with a total of 185.

Ethan Madsen and Caiden Padgett shared class-best accolades by breaking 189 apiece in eighth-grade action, Klay Beemer garnered top honors for seventh-graders at 189, while sixth-grader Dane Breitbarth topped his grade at 149.

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