Bulldogs place fourth at conference championship event

By on Oct. 1, 2019 in Trap & Skeet

NORTH PLATTE, Neb. – The Concordia University shooting sports program and nine other teams convened in North Platte, Neb., this past weekend (Sept. 28-29) for the Prairie Circuit Classic Fall Championship. In an event that served as a conference championship, the Bulldogs placed fourth with a team total of 2,213 (three targets out of third place). Team scoring was based on the top five high overall individual scores for each school.

Head coach Scott Moniot’s squad continues to make up ground on some of the top shooting sports programs in the nation. Fort Hays State University (2,349), Midland University (2,292) and Connors State College (2,216) were the top three finishers at the Prairie Circuit Classic, which featured a variety of weather conditions that challenged the field of competitors.

“The (windy) weather makes hitting targets pretty difficult,” Moniot said at Tuesday’s Bulldog Athletic Association Member gathering. “That being said, we had some really outstanding performances. Our young team performed really well in those conditions. We had a lot of our sophomores and freshmen up in the top 25 to 30 in the high overall. Things are looking up.”

On an individual level, Concordia graduate student Erin Lokke earned female all-conference honors (top five shooters). Emma Singer and Breanna Tarras both landed on the women’s freshman all-conference squad. Lokke, who recently shot at the U.S. Olympic Shotgun Trials, turned in an HOA score of 439 (third best among all Bulldog competitors).

Broken down by discipline, Concordia placed second in trap (486/500), third in skeet (484), third in double skeet (471), fourth in double trap (432) and fourth in sporting clay (409). Wyatt Hambly, Sam Philson and Hannah Wiedebush each hit 98 targets in trap, Damien Stewart shot an 89 in double trap, four Bulldogs turned in a 97 in skeet (Cole Hammond, Philson, Russell Malterud and Emma Van Donselaar), Mackenze Origer shot 96 in double skeet and Tommy Sosso knocked out 88 targets in sporting clay.

Concordia is now getting set to host its own competition this Saturday and Sunday (Oct. 5-6) at its home shooting range, Oak Creek Sporting Club in Brainard, Neb. (located about 27 miles north of campus). The Bulldog Sporting Classic is slated to get underway at 9 a.m. CT on both days.

PRAIRIE CIRCUIT CLASSIC FALL CHAMPIONSHIP

HOA Team
1. Fort Hays State – 2,349
2. Midland – 2,292
3. Connors State – 2,216
4. Concordia – 2,213
5. Doane – 2,185
6. Hastings – 2,136
7. Colorado State – 2,071
8. Wyoming – 1,987
9. Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture – 1,891
10. Pratt Community College – 1,884

Concordia competitors, HOA
Wyatt Hambly – 453
Sam Philson – 446
Erin Lokke – 439
Sarah Schwacher – 438
Damien Stewart – 437
Tommy Sosso – 437
Chris Birkshire-Lewis – 436
Russell Malterud – 435
Colten Uitermarkt – 432
Cole Hammond – 431
Ethan Cradick – 426
Byron Baca – 425
Rebecca Tierney – 422
Mack Origer – 421
Nicole Breese – 417
Wyatt Eriksen – 415
Monica Dale – 410
Blake Greckel – 406
Hannah Wiedebush – 399
Sabra Moore – 398
Brook Wagner – 396
Tia Pawlowski – 390
Emma Van Donselaar – 387
Cally Rogers – 387
Sydni Kroll – 378
Kate Esser – 374
Tanner Sovereign – 370
Graham Friske – 367
Emma Singer – 360
Emily Rasmussen – 351
Breanna Tarras – 348
Grace Weber – 341
Autumn Wildfeuer – 325
Kyndle Kirby – 306

Concordia top five, trap
1. Wyatt Hambly – 98
1. Sam Philson – 98
1. Hannah Wiedebush – 98
4. Russell Malterud – 97
5. Erin Lokke – 95
5. Wyatt Ericksen – 95

Concordia top five, double trap
1. Damien Stewart – 89
2. Wyatt Hambly – 87
2. Erin Lokke – 87
4. Byron Baca – 85
5. Tommy Sosso – 84

Concordia top five, skeet
1. Cole Hammond – 97
1. Sam Philson – 97
1. Russell Malterud – 97
1. Emma Van Donselaar – 97
5. Colten Uitermartk – 96
5. Wyatt Hambly – 96
5. Damien Stewart – 96
5. Brook Wagner – 96

Concordia top five, double skeet
1. Mackenze Origer – 96
2. Damien Stewart – 95
3. Sarah Schwacher – 94
3. Russell Malterud – 94
5. Emma Van Donselaar – 92

Concordia top five, sporting clay
1. Tommy Sosso – 88
2. Wyatt Hambly – 85
3. Sam Philson – 82
4. Cole Hammond – 77
4. Colten Uitermarkt – 77
4. Chris Birkshire-Lewis – 77
4. Damien Stewart – 77
4. Blake Greckel – 77