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Minnesota outdoors leader proud to support state’s largest high school shooting sports event.

Minnesota State High School Clay Target League State Tournament

Minnesota State High School Clay Target League State Tournament

ST. PAUL, MN –(Ammoland.com)- Minnesota’s top high school sport shooters will once again be greeted by the state’s biggest name in outdoors when they arrive in Alexandria for the state tournament.

Minnesota-based Gander Mountain is again playing a significant sponsorship role in what will be the largest high school shooting tournament in state history.

Gander Mountain is a gold level sponsor for the Minnesota State High School Clay Target League State Tournament, which will be held June 7-9 at Alexandria Shooting Park.

“We are proud to once again play a role in this first-class event, as a new generation of Minnesotans discovers the fun and challenge of shooting sports like trap, skeet and sporting clays,” said Steve Uline, Gander Mountain’s executive vice president of marketing.

The Minnesota High School Clay Target League started in 2008 with just three teams, and has seen amazing growth since then. In the 2012 season, 57 teams and 1,500 student athletes (boys and girls) from throughout the state competed on MHSCTL teams, which are run by hundreds of volunteer coaches. In 2013 those numbers more than doubled, with 114 teams and 3,400 student athletes competing. They expect as many as 2,000 shooters in the state tournament, and each of them will receive a blaze orange Gander Mountain cap.

“We are delighted to have Gander Mountain on board as a returning sponsor for the state tournament. As one of the most respected names in the Minnesota outdoors and shooting sports community, Gander Mountain is the perfect partner for this exciting event,” said Jim Sable, executive director of the Minnesota State High School Clay Target League. “We are continuing to introduce more young people to shooting sports and they are discovering that this is an activity they will enjoy with their families for a lifetime.”

Individual and team champions in Novice, Junior Varsity and Varsity classifications in addition to conference champions will be recognized during the three-day tournament.

About Gander Mountain Company

Gander Mountain Company headquartered in St. Paul, MN, is the nation’s largest retail network of outdoor specialty stores for hunting, fishing, camping, marine and outdoor lifestyle products and services. Since 1960, Gander Mountain has offered the best selection of outdoor equipment, technical apparel, active casual wear, and footwear featuring national, regional and specialty brands at competitive prices. Focused on a “We Live Outdoors®” culture, Gander Mountain dedicates itself to creating outdoor memories.  There are currently 123 conveniently located Gander Mountain outdoor lifestyle stores in 24 states.  For the nearest store location call 800-282-5993 or visit www.GanderMountain.com  Gander Mountain is also the parent company of Overton’s (www.overtons.com), a leading catalog and Internet based retailer of products for boating and other water sports enthusiasts.

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