The TF Riggs Clay Target trapshooting team completed this year’s season with a 4th place finish at the State Tournament held in Aberdeen on June 13th. 28 student athletes from Pierre participated in the tournament. There were 12 teams competing with Yankton winning the state 2A division title with a team score of 475.
The Varsity team was lead by Jacob Page shooting a score of 96 out of 100, followed by Jayce Beastrom and Luke Jones with 94s. Noah Smith and Wyatt Rose rounded out the top 5 with 93 and 91 respectively. The top 5 scores were used to make the varsity team score of 468. Jessica Hays was the Pierre’s top varsity female with a 77. Other varsity team members and their scores were; Isaac Loe(89), Shawn Van Liere(88), Griffin Gates(87), Andy Page(86), Jaxon Jungwirth(86) and Bryce Becker(80).
In the Junior Varsity competition, Josh Switzer lead the way for Pierre with an 89. He also placed 3rd overall in the individual JV competition. Megan Rose was Pierre’s top female JV shooter with a 69. Other JV team members and their scores were; Sawyer Somsen(84), Trey Hutchinson(80), Adisson Westergren(75), Tate Westergren(71), Gavin Townley(67), Shelby Roman(65), Seth Shoup(65), Creed Schnee(62), Stan Hodne(61) and Jenna Keyser(55).
The state tournament also had a Novice division. Colton Cass was Pierre’s top Novice shooter with an 82. He also placed 3rd overall in the individual Novice competition. Amber Roman was Pierre’s top female Novice shooter with a 64. Other novice team members and their scores were; Madigan Vogeler(50) and Landon Tipton(45).
On Saturday, June 12th the TF Riggs Skeet shooting team took part in the State Skeet Tournament. It was the first time TF Riggs has fielded skeet shooters. Even though they didn’t have enough members to compete as a team, they were able to compete individually. Jessica Hays won the female division with a 91. Noah Smith placed 8th, Griffin Gates tied for 9th and Wyatt Rose tied for 13th.
The TF Riggs trapshooting team’s 5 week regular season ended May 18th. This year we had 65 student athletes in grades 6 through 12 participate. State-wide there were 47 trapshooting teams with 1,348 student athletes participating. TF Riggs had 8 shooters place in the top 100. Their names and places are; Wyatt Rose(9), Jacob Page(13), Isaac Loe(14), Jayce Beastrom(29), Shawn Van Liere(36), Lucas Jones(54), Jessica Hays(62), and Noah Smith(95).
On March 25th the team conducted its awards honoring graduating seniors and top student athletes’ accomplishments. The 2021 graduating class members are; Jayce Beastrom, Jessica Hays, Jenna Keyser, Zach Letellier, Justin Merriman, Jacob Page, Shelby Roman, Wyatt Rose, Cooper Swartz and Adisson Westergren.
The 15 performance awards handed out were:
Ø Most Improved female – Lilly Seiner
Ø Most Improved male – Cooper Hillmer
Ø Top Female Shooters
Ø Top Male Shooters
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Ø Top Overall Shooter – Wyatt Rose
Ø Coaches Commitment to Excellence Award – Jacob Page
Ø Rob Loe Memorial Award – Wyatt Rose
The TF Riggs coaches and student athletes would like to extend a special thanks to the Pierre Izaak Walton League for providing a top notch facility for the team to use.