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Chris Meader takes aim and fires during the 20-gauge state championship rotation at Forth Thunder Shooting Center. Photo by Bob Williams.

Fort Thunder hosts State Skeet Shoot

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Fort Thunder hosts State Skeet Shoot
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Northwest winds all weekend played havoc with the best skeet shooters the state of Minnesota has to offer.

"One thing about the wind you just can't control that thing," Fort Thunder Shooting Center Owner LeRoy Atkinson said.

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The wind showed in the scores with no shooter shooting a perfect score of 100 in any event, a feat that is not uncommon at shoots of this level.

Low skeets were sent rising and high skeets took off in the wind. They were set in still air but that air blew away with the weekend weather.

Over 15,000 clays were used at this year's tournament.

While the shooting was challenging, running the state shoot was a smooth operation.

"I can't believe how many compliments we got," Atkinson said. "Some guys said this was the greatest state meet they've been too. Everything went so smooth."

Robert Rick was high overall shooting state champion with a combined score of 387. Rick was the defending state champion. He took the 2010 title with a score of 390.

John Howe took runner-up honors with a 384.

Rick also took home a state title at 12-gauge with a near perfect score of 99. Gary McNevin was runner-up.

Michael Lohman was the defending state champion in 20 and 12-gauge.

In 20-guage, Lohman finished runner-up with a score of 98, bested by one skeet by champion Gordon Schelberg's 99.

Rick took home his third state title at 28-gauge with a score of 99. He was also the defending 2010 state champion.

John Howe was runner-up at 98.

In 410, John Howe was state champ with a score of 97. Scott Melchisedech was runner-up with a 95.

Donald Tesch was the doubles state champion with a score of 98. Lohman took runner-up honors with a 96.

The state shoot kicks off a busy month for Fort Thunder Shooting Center. Saturday, Aug. 27 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. the Center hosts the Bob Perszyk Memorial Fun Shoot.

Trap, skeet, 5-stand and sporting clays will be available. Cost will be $11 per round with $5 of that being donated in honor of Perszyk to the Relay for Life to aid in the fight against cancer.

Costs for kids 17 and under will be $6 per round with a free box of shells, a Bob Perszyk T-shirt and lunch of a hot dog and chips.

Perszyk passed away after a courageous five-year battle with cancer that took over half of his liver.

According to Atkinson, Perszyk was really active with kids and the deer hunting association. He shot sporting clays and round robin for years.

"He was just an all-around good guy," Atkinson said. "He was a good shot too."

High overall scores by class:

AA: Michael Lohman-382; runner-up: Gene Lorentz-353.

A: Jack Sveningson-381; Scott Melchisedech-381.

B: Gary NcNevin-384; Gordon Schelberg-376; Ronald Chandler-376.

C: Rick Volz-368; Paul Graf-367; Leon Rother-367.

D: Gary Heinrich-352.

E: Chris Meader-349.

Meader also took the Junior high overall score with his 349.

Senior: John Howe-384; Joseph Sanguinetti-341.

Senior-Sub Junior: Robert Rick: 387; Scott Melchisedech-381.

SR: Gary McNevin-384; Jack Sveningson-381.

Veterans: Schelberg-376; Tesch-375.

Ladies: Janice Lohman-378.

Two-man: Steve Boerboon and McNevin-763.

High 12-gauge by class:

Champion: Rick-99; runner-up: McNevin-99.

AA: Tony Lowe-99; Lohman-97.

A: Boerboon-98; Tesch-95.

B: Rick Volz-99; Sveningson and Janice Lohman-97.

C: James McLeod-98; Joe Partridge, Philip Beltmann and Ronald Chandler-96.

D: Gary Heinrich-90.

High 20-gauge by class:

Champion: Schelberg-99; runner-up Lohman-98.

AA: Rick-95; Howe and Sveningson-93.

A: Melchidesedech-98, Boerboon and Janice Lohman-97.

B: McNevin-98; Brad Kallem-96.

C: Rick Potter-95; Volz-94.

D: Chris Meader: 91.

Junior: Chris Meader: 91.

SU: Howe-93; Sanguinetti-92.

SS: Melchisedech: 98; Potter 95.

SR: McNevin-98; Boerboon-97.

Veterans: Schelberg-99; Tesch: 93.

Ladies: Janice Lohman-97.

Two-man: Boerboon and McNevin-195.

High 28-gauge by class:

Champion: Rick-99; Howe-98.

AA: Tesch-98; Lohman-98.

A: Sveningson-97; Don Kalland-97.

B: Sam Radford-97; Janice Lohamn-96.

C: Volz-95; Paul Graf-94.

D: Chris Meader-89.

Junior: Chris Meader-89.

SU: Howe-98; Sanguinetti-82.

SS: Rick-99; Radford-97.

SR: Sveningson-97; McNevin-96.

VT: Tesch-98; Schelberg-96.

Ladies: Janice Lohman-96.

2M11: Boerboon and McNevin-190.

2M21: Radford and Schelberg-193.

High 410 by class:

Champion: Howe-97; Melchisedech-95.

AA: Rick-94; Lohman-91.

A: Kalland-92; Boerboon-90.

B: Sveningson-94; Gene Helsene-92.

C: Chandler-92; Graf-92.

D: Beltmann-77; Sanguinetti-73.

Junior: Chris Meader-72.

SU: Howe-97.

SS_ Melchisedech-95.

SR: Sveningson-94.

VT: Schelberg-89; Tesch-89.

Ladies: Janice Lohman-88.

2M11: Boerboon and McNevin-181.

2M21: Radford and Schelberg-172.

High Doubles by class:

Champion:Tesch-98; Lohamn-96.

AA: Rick-95; Gene Lorentz-87.

A: Sveningson-95; Howe-91.

B: Kalland-95; Melchisedech-95.

C: Sanguinetti-91; Radford-90.

D: Joe Partridge-76.

SU: Howe-91; Sanguinetti-91.

SS: Melchisedech-95; Rick-95.

SR: Sveningson-95; Leon Rother-94.

VT: Tesch-98; Schelberg-85.

Ladies: Janice Lohman-93.

2M21: Boerboon and McNevin-183.

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Robert Williams
Robert is the Sports Editor of Detroit Lakes Newspapers. Williams worked prior as the Sports Editor in Perham for the Focus, a Forum Communications newspaper, from 2010-14. 
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