Student trapshooters at Woodbury High School captured the Conference 2A title during the fall season of the Minnesota State High School Clay Target League.

Woodbury High was one of six teams to compete in Conference 2A.

The fall season, running five weeks, was the first to be organized by the league, which has held spring competitions in the past.

Teams include both boys and girls. League rules call for them to do their trapshooting at local gun clubs and for their coaches to submit scores to the state league's website.

This fall, Woodbury High sophomore Ben Jacobus placed first in the conference among male shooters and first overall for all shooters in Conferences 2A and 1A. Jacobus also was the Conference 2A "high gun champion" among boys competing last spring.

Woodbury High senior Jessica Martin placed third among girls shooting this fall in Conference 2A.

Herb Struss, a science teacher, coached the Woodbury team this fall.

The clay target league, a nonprofit group, operates separately from the Minnesota State High School League. It encourages schools to award letters as they do for other sports.

A spring league is planned again next year. Last spring, 57 teams competed in eight conferences.


Deadline looms for school board hopefuls

People wanting to fill out the final months of a departing South Washington County school board member's term in office have until Nov. 26 to apply.

Board Chairwoman Leslee Boyd announced on Oct. 25 she was resigning her seat effective Dec. 31 because her husband, Shane Boyd, accepted a job in Oklahoma. Her colleagues now must appoint someone to serve from Jan. 1, 2013, until the next election, which is Nov. 5, 2013.

Applications are being accepted until 4 p.m. on Nov. 26 and must include a résumé and a letter of intent. The letter should explain why the applicant wants to serve and outline the strengths he or she would bring to the board and what the applicant believes to be the three most pressing issues facing the district.

In addition, the applicant must outline in the letter his or her professional and volunteer activities within the district and broader community.

Applications are to be sent to the attention of Mary Amidon at the District Service Center, 7362 East Point Douglas Road S., Cottage Grove, 55016.

After interviews tentatively set for the first week of December, the board is expected to make the appointment at its Dec. 20 meeting.

Anthony Lonetree