HIBBING — It was an outstanding day for the Hibbing High School trapshooting team at the State Qualifier Class Championship in Alexandria on June 13.
Hibbing, which placed second in its conference this season, posted a team score of 483 to claim the Class 4A championship in Alexandria. Hopkins was second with 480 while Irondale placed third with 476. A total of 36 teams competed in the class.
Scott Linddstrom, one of the coaches for the Bluejackets, said the competition went very well for Hibbing. He said the team members and coaches felt they had a great chance of winning the class championship, which was the end result.
“The entire team shot extremely well,” Lindstrom said. “We are very fortunate to have the quality of athletes we do and it goes from the seniors all the way down to the seventh graders. We take the top five scores from the day as our team score and the kids did an outstanding job putting up a 483 out of 500 possible in taking first place.”
The top five shooters in the competition for Hibbing were Tore Tuin, 98, Sam Juidici, 98, Peter Jensen, 97, Caylee Osborne, 95, and Nathan Johnson, 95.
Osborne tied for second in the High Gun-Varsity-Female Division with her score of 95. No. 1 was Alaina DeGiacomo of Irondale with a 96.
The top 40 teams from all the classes in the state that competed in Alexandria will now compete in Prior Lake on June 21, in state competition. Lindstrom said official results of the Quallifier Class Championship will not be available until Tuesday when the competition is completed. However, Lindstrom said the 483 score posted by Hibbing should get the Bluejackets to the state competition.
If Hibbing qualifies for state, which is highly likely, Lindstrom said the athletes who will represent Hibbing will be Tuin, Osborne, Jensen, Johnson, and Juidici. The alternate shooters will be Nathan Rude and Zet Bennett.
In addition, Jensen and Rude were in the top 100 overall in the state and will be shooting in the Individuals Competition in Prior Lake.
“We have done very well at state in the past seasons and we are hoping for another successful state showing,” Lindstrom explained. : In 2017, we took second at state and in 2018 we took fifth place. It’s a great competition when you can go head to head with every team in the state for the top spot. There’s close to 400 teams this year so there’s a lot of competition out there but we are very capable of winning.
“We have very talented shooters representing Hibbing. We have Tuin, Jensen, Johnson and Rude who have represented us in previous years at state and Osborne, Bennett and Juidici are all very experienced shooters. We are looking forward to watching the kids bring everything that they’ve worked so hard for this season to Prior Lake. They are focused and determined.”
Even with the past success of Hibbing, Lindstrom said it has been a very successful season for the Bluejackets and it has exceeded almost everybody’s expectations.
“We had quite a few kids this year and every one of them did an outstanding job. We couldn’t be happier with the season,” Lindstrom said. “We had such a great group of athletes participating this year. Being we are a co-ed sport and it’s available to athletes from seventh to 12th grade, we get a big team and it’s amazing how well all of the kids get along. We have all of the older kids mentoring and helping the new shooters along and it’s really something to see. We are very proud of them.”
Although the current season is not completed, Lindstrom said the coaching staff is already looking forward to next season.
“We are already looking forward to the upcoming season with the group we have and the new kids that will be coming on the team next season from our youth program,” the coach explained. “As a coach, it’s very rewarding working with the kids. I think we learn just as much from them as they do from us. The coaching staff always talks about how it’s more than just teaching the kids to shoot a shotgun and hopefully we are making a positive impact on their lives.”
Members of the coaching staff in addition to Lindstrom are Jim LaBorde, Deb Jensen, Tom Jensen, John Nobens, Ryan Trenberth, Shawn Oles, Tim Ranta, Phil Ranta, Steve Carlson and Jodi Olson.