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Blair’s Miller Wins 2016 Cornhusker Cup

DONIPHAN, Neb. – Billy Miller of Blair relied on consistency during a weekend of inconsistent conditions to top the field in the 47th annual Cornhusker Trapshoot on Saturday at the Nebraska Trapshooting Association home grounds.

The junior won the Cornhusker Cup by hitting 143 of 150 targets over two days. He hit 72 of 75 at 16 yards Friday on a breezy, but mostly dry, day. Rain soaked the ground overnight and shooters on Saturday were greeted with standing water, mud and drizzle. In the handicap on Saturday, Miller shot a 71 at 24 yards to take the big prize.

“You’ve gotta be consistent in this game, no matter what the conditions are,” Miller said. “But we’ve shot a lot in the rain in practice this year and I think that helped me.”

Miller may have snuck up on a strong field that included many of the top shooters from last year, including 2015 Cup champion Dean Rogers of Papillion-LaVista South. That didn’t concern him, though.

“I didn’t think anyone was looking for me to be in this, but I’ve shot against the best shooters in our conference,” he said.

Another contender was Zack Krzyzanowski of North Platte, who shot at 142 for second place. He was third in 2015.

Jade Krolikowski of Centura shot a 142 to win the ladies division after finishing third last year. Last year’s champion, Katie Petersen of Omaha Marian, took second this year.

Lincoln Southeast Black dethroned two-time defending champion Omaha Creighton Prep Blue as high school team winner, Platte Valley of Scottsbluff won the 4-H team crown and Papillion-LaVista took the ladies team title.

A record 2,612 shooters in junior and senior high competed over three days.

Results from Saturday’s senior high competition are:

Overall

Top 10 Individuals – 1. Billy Miller, Blair, 143 of 150; 2. Zack Krzyzanowski, North Platte, 142; 3. Garrett Fulk, Platte Valley 4-H, Scottsbluff, 142; 4. Chase Litchfield, Lincoln Southeast, 142; 5. Bradyn Snell, Gibbon, 142; 6. Trent Christiancy, Young Guns 4-H, Hildreth, 142; 7. Brock Barton, Fairbury, 142; 8. Jack Bowman, Fremont, 141; 9. Ethan Nelson, Merrick County 4-H, 141; 10. Brandon Kreikemeier, Omaha Creighton Prep, 140

Top Three Ladies – 1. Jade Krolikowski, Centura, 142 of 150; 2. Katie Petersen, Omaha Marian, 140; 3. Maggie Hiatt, Louisville, 135

Top Three 4-H Teams – 1. Platte Valley 4-H 1, Scottsbluff (Blake Greckel, Nathan Greckel, Braeden Struempler, Garrett Fulk, Casey Petersen), 678 of 750; 2. Merrick County 4-H 1, 677; 3. Oak Creek 4-H 1, Brainerd, 677

Top High School Teams – 1. Lincoln Southeast Black (Mitch Litchfield, Kyle Bubb, Baily Holt, Austin Godoy, Chase Litchfield), 686 of 750; 2. Gibbon 1, 677; 3. Omaha Creighton Prep Blue, 673; 4. Waverly Maroon, 672; 5. North Platte Blue, 670; 6. Elkhorn Mount Michael Black, 668

Top Three Ladies Teams – 1. Papillion-LaVista Monarch (Madison Jones, Madeline Wilson, Amanda Kennick, Nikayla Lambert, Zoe Timberlake) 634 of 750; 2. Omaha Marian Blue, 627; 3. Lincoln Southwest Pink, 616

Handicap

Top Three Ladies – 1. Jamey Broman, Fillmore County 4-H, 70 of 75; 2. Katie Petersen, Omaha Marian, 69; 3. Jade Krolikowski, Centura, 68

Top Three Individuals – 1. Hunter VonSeggern, Fremont, 72 of 75; 2. Wyatt Eriksen, Grand Island Northwest, 71; 3. Tucker Bartlett, Gothenburg, 71

Top Three 4-H Teams – 1. Sarpy County 4-H (Austin Bonsell, Elliott Mackling, Patrick Quinn, Gabe Penton, Kyle Kirby), 329 of 375; 2. Platte Valley 4-H, Scottsbluff, 329; 3.Merrick County 4-H, 326

Top Three Ladies Teams – 1. Papillion-LaVista Monarch (Madison Jones, Madeline Wilson, Amanda Kennick, Nikayla Lambert, Zoe Timberlake), 308 of 375; 2. Omaha Marian Blue, 295; 3. Wahoo Bishop Neumann Red, 292

Top Six High School Teams – 1. Lincoln Southeast Black (Mitch Litchfield, Kyle Bubb, Baily Holt, Austin Godoy, Chase Litchfield), 336 of 375; 2. Blair 2, 331; 3. Fremont 1, 328; 4. Waverly Maroon, 326; 5. North Platte Blue, 324; 6. Gibbon 1, 322

Yardage Winners

18-19 Yards – 1. Wyatt Eriksen, Grand Island Northwest, 71 of 75; 2. Tucker Bartlett, Gothenburg, 71; 3. Hunter Bolen, Fort Calhoun, 69; 4. Anthony Erives, Papillion-LaVista, 68; 5. Jacob Slieter, Papillion-LaVista South, 68; 6. Ethan Erdkamp, Waverly, 67; 7. Riley Christiansen, Loup Valley 4-H, 67; 8. Noah Hongsermeier, Crooked Creek, Aurora, 67; 9. Bryson Popelier, Millard West, 67; 10. Carter Burt, Blair, 67

20-21 Yards – 1. Michael Naylor, Lincoln Northeast, 69 of 75; 2. Bryce Wert, Crooked Creek, Aurora, 69; 3. Rees Armknecht, Spring Creek 4-H, 69; 4. Drew Needham, Wahoo, 69; 5. Nathan Schulte, Ashland 4-H, 68; 6. Jonah Heil, Boulder County (Colo.) 4-H, 68; 7. Jonah Jensen, Crooked Creek, Aurora, 68; 8. Tyler Heidemann, Fairbury, 67; 9. Ryan Wendt, Millard South, 67; 10. Austin Weher, Blue River 4-H, 67

22-23 Yards – 1. Jake Reynoldson, Waverly, 71 of 75; 2. Brant Mildfeldt, Minden, 69; 3. Kyle Gibbs, Papillion-LaVista South, 69; 4. David Jelken, Adams County 4-H, 69; 5. Braeden Struempler, Platte Valley 4-H, 69; 6. Patrick Quinn, Sarpy County 4-H, 68; 7. Kalan Zeilinger, Oak Creek 4-H, 68; 8. Gabe Penton, Sarpy County 4-H, 68

24-25 Yards – 1. Bradyn Snell, Gibbon, 70 of 75; 2. Chase Litchfield, Lincoln Southeast, 70; 3. Garrett Fulk, Platte Valley 4-H, Blue Hill, 70; 4. Ethan Nelson, Merrick County 4-H, 70; 5. Zack Krzyzanowski, North Platte, 69; 6. Kalle Haines, Elkhorn Mount Michael, 69; 7. Brock Barton, Fairbury, 69; 8. Jacob Maschmann, Fairbury, 68

About Jerry Kane

Jerry Kane is the news manager with the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. He can be contacted at jerry.kane@nebraska.gov or 402-471-5008.

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