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Carter Conradt

Created: 06/04/2014 10:41 PM KAALtv.com

(ABC 6 NEWS) -- It all started when Carter Conradt was in seventh grade.

"We were out at my grandpa's farm, just off of a little tiny thrower," Conradt said.

And now, the Southland Rebel is the king of southeast Minnesota trapshooting.

"To be at the top is spectacular," Conradt said. "As a freshman, I'm just very proud."

Conradt owns the area's top score in the Minnesota State High School Clay Target League - an average of 23.6 clay pigeons hit, for every 25 released.

"When I shoot, I always like to shoot next to Carter, because he's such a good shot," fellow Glenville-Emmons teammate McKenzie Ziebell said. "I try to pick up on his good habits."

"It's easy to hit them, but when you miss one, you get mad, so you have to think about the next one. You have to calm yourself down," Conradt said. "I get really mad. If I miss one, I get mad, so it's hard. It's very hard to do."

Conradt told me (says) he shoots an average of two to three times a week, and all that practice time has led to a spot in this weekend's state tournament.

"I do get nervous when I think about it, and I know there's high expectations, but if I keep a level head, I'll do just fine," Conradt said.

After all, he has three more years of eligibility.

"And I'm going to continue to practice," Conradt said. "We're gonna just keep getting better and better. I hope to win the state championship someday."