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ND high school clay target state tournament begins Friday in Horace

More than 1,200 student-athletes from 89 schools are set to compete in the North Dakota State High School Clay Target League tournaments June 17-20 at The Shooting Park.

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Competitors and officials take part in the 2021 North Dakota State High School Clay Target League state tournament.
Photo courtesy USA Clay Target League
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HORACE — The 2022 North Dakota State High School Clay Target League State Tournament is set to kick off on June 17-20 at The Shooting Park.

More than 1,200 student-athletes from 89 North Dakota high school teams are set to participate in the event. The tournament features four shooting disciplines: trap, skeet, five-stand, and sporting clays, which will be held virtually.

The athletes will compete in a series of rounds and sessions within their given score classification of novice, junior varsity, and varsity. The top five scores from each team will be used to determine the team score.
“It’s clear that there has been a desire for an alternative sport,” said Drew Tri from the USA Clay Target League. “Teams are all there representing their schools, everyone can participate and there are no benchwarmers.”

Tri also said that “40% of athletes don’t participate in any other sport.”

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North Dakota high school shooters compete in the 2021 North Dakota State High School Clay Target League state tournament.
Photo courtesy USA Clay Target League<br/><br/>

During the 2022 spring season, more than 2,000 student athletes from 96 schools participated in the NDSHSCTL.

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The NDSHSCTL is an affiliate of the USACTL that provides support to high schools and colleges teams in 34 states. The USACTL had more than 43,000 athletes participate in competitions during the 2021-22 school year.

One of the appealing factors of joining a USACTL team is how inclusive the sport is, Tri said.

The league is fully school approved and allows both boys and girls to compete on a co-ed team, as well as allowing students with physical disabilities the opportunity to participate.

The USACTL states it is one of the safest sports to play. There have been no reported injuries since the league was founded in 2001. All athletes have to be certified in firearm safety before participating.

Tri said that the league is on the rise with more teams being created every year.

For more information visit nd.traptournament.com.

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Competitors and spectators watch the action during the 2021 North Dakota State High School Clay Target League state tournament.
Photo courtesy USA Clay Target League

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