Emmetsburg Hot Shots Compete in Estherville
by Joseph Schany
ESTHERVILLE — The Emmetsburg Hot Shots traveled to Estherville Friday and Saturday, with all divisions competing at the Emmet County Izaak Walton Shooting Range.
The Hot Shots Bombastics, the Emmetsburg Rookie squad, would take first place on the day with 157 targets. The Bombastics would be led by Axton Jorgenson shooting 38, Matthew Fuchs and Kalven Winkler with 35, Camry Olson with 34, and Landon Krug with 15.
Jorgenson would earn second place overall in the Rookie boys division, while Sean Stokes would place third with 35 hits.
In the Rookie girls division, Camry Olson would earn a top spot, placing first with 34 targets for the Hot Shots.
Hot Shots Team Firecrackers and Hot Shots Team Bravery would place top five in the Intermediate division, with the Firecrackers earning fourth place with 194, and Team Bravery fifth with 192.
Among Team Firecrackers, Matthew Poeppe would take down 44, Aidyn Fehr-Opheim 41, Owen Rouse 39, Mason Fuchs 36, and Addison Fehr-Opheim 34.
Team Bravery would consist of Ashton Peters with 47, Jameson Boevers and Cale Peters with 39, Bryce Hawks with 38, and Jack Huberty with 29.
In the boys Intermediate Entry division, Aidyn Fehr-Opheim would earn third place overall, while Matthew Poeppe would earn fifth in the Intermediate Advanced division.
Addison Fehr-Opheim would place fourth overall in the girls Intermediate Entry division, and Ashton Peters would take first place honors in the advanced division.
In the Senior High division, Hot Shots Team Liberty would place in the top five, earning a second place finish with 228. Team Bravery would see Tate Joyce shoot 49, Matt Berkland 46, Derek Lawson and Tanner Jones 45, and Aurora Peters 43.
Individual rankings in the girls JV division would see Anika Stearns earn third place with 42, while Lacey Olson would take second place in the girls Varsity division with 45.
In the boys JV division, Tate Joyce would place second overall with 49. The Varsity division would see Carson Hoffman tie for fourth with 47, but fall short on the tie-breaker to finish in fifth place.
“Every shoot presents an uncontrollable issue…THE WIND,” said Coach Darrin Adams. “The targets dance, drop, climb, dip, dive, and duck as our shooters try to connect. We have only had a few PERFECT days with no wind and no bugs, but the 55 kids on our team do a great job rising to the challenges. They all continue to show promise as several of them post very competitive scores at shoots, scratching and clawing their way into the rankings.”