Midland Competes in Pumpkin Shoot over Weekend

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. – Midland University’s shotgun sports team was back in action this past weekend after a brief weekend off as the team traveled out to Heartland Public Shooting Park in Grand Island to compete in the Pumpkin Shoot. The match consisted of 100 Sporting Clays targets and 135 Super Sporting Clays targets.

For the 100 target event, Senior Cole Collier won the Masters class with an 86. Junior Ben Lowe was 3rd in C class with a 79, while River Kelly (82), Charlie Wachtel (77), and Hunter Eads (77) swept the top three spots in D class.

Junior Canyon Ferris took 1st in E class with an 85 with freshman Jace Garza finishing close behind in 2nd place with a 77.

In the Hunter class (Open class), senior Dalton Ritchie led the way with an 85, while junior Hunter Reinig followed up with a 83, and junior Kaleb Scherer rounded out the top three with an 82.

In the Super Sporting event, Ritchie led the whole event with a 126 out of a possible 135. Collier followed up with a 125 in Master class, and sophomore Derek Dishman took 2nd in C class with a 116.

In D class, Kelly (121), Wachtel (120), and Eads (115) once again took 1st, 2nd and 3rd, respectively. Warrior shooters swept the top three spots in E class as well with Garza (122), Ferris (116), and senior Maria Settimi (102) topping the scoresheet. The Hunter class consisted of Ritchie’s 126, followed by Scherer’s 120, and senior Bradyn Snell’s 119.

“The course was pretty straight forward, no real tricky targets,” said Midland head coach Bret Erickson. “Given that there were no other college shoots this weekend, and we already had a weekend off, it was good to get out and shoot, which should help us get ready for ACUI Conference next weekend.”

The Warriors will be back in action this weekend for the ACUI Upper Midwest Conference Championship in Grand Island. The two-day competition starts on Saturday, November 2.