Cornhusker Cup champion Mason Gerdes had a strategy for shooting in the blustery winds of the 52nd Cornhusker Trap Shoot on Saturday in Doniphan, Nebraska.
“Shoot ’em fast, shoot ’em quick right out of the trap,” the Raymond Central 11th grader said. “Just don’t let it bother you and focus on the next one.”
On a day that saw shooters battle wind gusts of more than 40 mph at the home grounds of the Nebraska Trapshooting Association, Gerdes excelled. He broke 65 of 75 handicap targets from 24 yards Saturday. Combine that with Friday’s 71 at 16 yards for a winning 136 score. Cooper Koeppen of Malcom 4-H was the next closest at 133.
“I thought I was in a pretty good position when I came back today,” said Gerdes, who has been competing at the Cornhusker since the sixth grade. “I knew I had to do something pretty good to get to the top and I went out with my head straight and shot 65 of them and ended up at the top.”
Millard West repeated as overall high school team champion with the same five shooters as last year. Peyton Anderson, Drake Pietryga, Ben Wilweding, Aiden Alward and Brandon Fish finished with a 594 out of a possible 750.
Janice Tejeda of Ashland 4-H was the ladies’ champion, while Raymond Central Gold was the ladies’ team champion and Louisville 4-H Gold was the top 4-H team.
Results from Saturday’s senior high competition are:
Top 10 Individuals – 1. Mason Gerdes, Raymond Central Blue, 136 of 150
Top Three Ladies – 1. Janice Tejeda, Ashland 4-H 1, 124 of 150
Top Three 4-H Teams – 1. Louisville 4-H Gold (Caden Smart, Brandon Williams, Gage Scholting, Carson Downs, Alex Michalski), 593 of 750
Top High School Teams – 1. Millard West A (Peyton Anderson, Drake Pietryga, Ben Wilweding, Aiden Alward, Brandon Fish), 594 of 750
Top Three Ladies Teams – 1. Raymond Central Gold (Ellianna Lamay, Jaelynn Kliment, Josie Lahm, Ayla Rech, Sophia Cadotte), 527 of 750
Top Three Ladies – 1. Grace Harmon, Gibbon, 62 of 75
Top Three Individuals – 1. Creedance Jankowski, Cougar 4-H Orange, 70 of 75
Top Three 4-H Teams – 1. Sidney Sharpshooters 4-H Black (Jayce Namuth, Sidney Allard, Destiny Frye, Hunter Wolff, David Brauer), 253 of 375
Top Three Ladies Teams – 1. Raymond Central Gold (Ellianna Lamay, Jaelynn Kliment, Josie Lahm, Ayla Rech, Sophia Cadotte), 225 of 375
Top Six High School Teams – 1. Centura Burgundy (Gavin Anderson, Tanner Simdon, Spencer Landers, Ashley Rose, Ryan Schweitzer) 264 of 375)
18-19 Yards – 1. Carter Anderson, Gothenburg 1, 59 of 75
20-21 Yards – 1. Jaxson Day, Millard West, 58 of 75 (won shoot-off)
22-23 Yards – 1. Riley Brodersen, Blair Blue, 60 of 75 (won shoot-off)
24-25 Yards – 1. Cooper Koeppen, Malcom 4-H Blue, 60 of 75