The Osakis clay target league team has added seven new shooters to this year’s team and has a roster that’s up three overall, with scores also climbing in the team’s second season.
The Silverstreaks feature 15 male athletes and one female in Jaden Klimek. She is proving to be one of the top female shooters in the conference after putting up a 15.25 average through two weeks. That left her in first place in a conference that includes teams from LeRoy-Ostrander, West Lutheran, Woodbury, Fillmore Central, Lake Park-Audubon, Paynesville and Rothsay schools.
Klimek has gone from an average-round score of 10.88 a year ago to now 17 after shooting rounds of 19 and 22 in week three. Shooters shoot two rounds of 25 each week with a break in between each round.
Eric Griesert was also in first place in the league standings after two weeks with an average score of 21.75 out of a possible 25. Griesert had shot nine straight rounds with a score of 20 or higher and a top score of 24 in the first three weeks.
Nate Hirte (20.25) was also in the top 10 of the league averages through week two in seventh place. Austyn Griesert was tied for 14th (19.75), Matthew Buffington was shooting a 19 average, Carl Hirte an 18.5, Jordan Powers an 18 and Luke Staloch a 17.67.
Almost all the shooters are seeing an uptick in their scores from where the team was at a year ago. Osakis head coach Brian Griesert says that’s the third goal that the group of volunteer coaches has for the kids in the program, with safety and enjoying themselves being the top two priorities.
Athletes pay a small fee to compete in the league, and like many programs, the Osakis team gets a lot of support from area businesses and outdoor groups, as well as from the coaches who volunteer.
“This year with the donations we have received we have been able to keep the cost to a minimum for the shoots,” coach Griesert said. “I do believe the shooters should pay to play in sports, but I do not want to make the cost so overbearing that it takes away from enjoying the sport or prevents someone from joining. If it is 100 percent free then there is no loss if they do not show up.”
The team shoots each Sunday at noon at the Alexandria Shooting Park. Osakis will shoot at the state championships in Alexandria on June 14.
(Through week three)
SHOOTER AVERAGES OUT OF 25 – Matthew Buffington – 19; Austyn Griesert – 20.5; Eric Griesert – 21.83; Carl Haider – 14.25; Carl Hirte – 18.5; Nate Hirte – 20.5; Preston Kirksey – 17; Jaden Klimek – 17; Taylor Larson – 17.25; Waylon Muenzhuber – 14.83; Jordon Powers – 18; Matthew Ramey – 8; Evan Soderholm – 14; Luke Staloch – 17.66; Curtis Woidyla – 11; Tyler Young – 16.33