Last Tuesday, the St. James trap-shooting team ventured to the state meet in Alexandria, placing 16th overall out of 47 teams.

The Saints also finished 14th among varsity teams at state.

Jacob Brey had the highest shooting totals for the Saints, shooting a pair of 23s in the first session, and following up with a 25 and a 24, for a total of 95.

Brey’s strong shooting placed him 26th overall out of 342 male and female shooters.

Peyton Engelking shot a 92, with a pair of 22s and a pair of 24s.

Engelking’s totals placed him 70th overall.

Nicholas Brey finished with a score of 91, highlighted by a trio of 23s.

“Nick really came on strong towards the end of this year,” said coach Jesse Friedrich.

Brey placed 91st overall. Other strong performances were had by Jacob Meyer, Davis Rathman, Koltin Johnson and Jack Westman.

Jack Westman and Jacob Meyer finished tied for 128th. Collin Harbitz scored an 82, adding another 25 along the way.

Lucas Anderson (82) finished in a seven-way tie for ninth place in the High Gun Novice male group, out of 155 shooters, and 10th in the males and females High Gun Novice group.

The Saints also won their conference in 2019.

Nine total boys shooters finished in the top 25 at the conference meet, with Jacob Brey (4th), Peyton Engelking (5th), Jack Westman (7th) and Koltin Johnson (10th) each placing within the top-10. Cooper Olson (15th), Tanner Olson (16th), Jacob Meyer (19th), Will Rehm (22nd) and David Rathman (23rd), also finished within the top-25.

Six girls placed in the top-25, led by McKenna Steinbrink finishing first overall, and Maddie Brey placing fourth. Paris Morrow finished eighth. Chantel Henderson (18th), Sara Craig (19th), and Kierra Curry (23rd) rounded out the top-25 for St. James.

“I thought we had a great season,” said Friedrich. “If you look at all our 25s and we had our first 50. I had fun and I hope the kids did too.”