Deitz wins 2 runner-up honors

Ben Dietz, a member of the New Prague High School Trapshooting team, travelled to Sparta, IL, last week to compete at the Grand American World Trapshooting Championships. 

            This competition is known in the trapshooting world simply as “The Grand.”  The Grand is a premier shooting event with thousands of competitors from around the world competing over a week’s time in 24 different events. 

            Each of the events are comprised of one of three competitions: the 16-yard singles, Handicap, or Doubles. The Grand American currently takes place in Sparta, IL, at the World Shooting and Recreational Center.  The complex has more than 120 trap fields, stretching over 3-1/2 miles. With more than 3000 competitors, more than 3.5 million targets were thrown during the preliminary and championship weeks.

            Dietz was one of about 73 Minnesotans that travelled to the Grand American  this year. During the championship week, Ben broke 954 of 1,000 targets, earning runner up in Class A for High Over All and he broke 389 of 400 in the three Championship events, again earning runner-up in Class A. Ben also placed third in a handicap event and second in a doubles event. 

            Another Minnesotan, Scott Gens of Vernon Center, was third in the nation overall classes and categories, breaking 980 of 1,000 targets.  About 12 others from Minnesota brought home some hardware including New Prague High School alumnus Zach Warweg, who placed in two events during championship week.