Stan Wilson Jr.
Thief River Falls
Wilson, 39-year old Thief River Falls executive was born August
31, 1942. "My father introduced me to shooting when I was 11,
then Roy Long took me under his wing and taught me all I know
about trapshooting", said Stan.
Wilson shot his first
registered clays at the state shoot in 1956. Three years
later he won the Junior Championship at Minneapolis. Wilson came
into his own in 1963 when he captured the state HOA with 665
X 700, five targets over the field which included
All-American Merle Stockdale, Vic Reinders, Brad Higgins, Henry
Hein, Art Finney and his teacher Roy Long.
The following year,
the 21-year old University of Texas shotgun star won four state
championships, the singles, handicap, all-around, and HOA. He won
the state doubles in 1965 and 1973, then later at St. Cloud with a
99 X 100. He is the only Minnesota shooter to win the junior and
five state championships. Wilson has been named on nine all-state
teams, captain in 1965. He won the high average in 1964 with
.9762, placed second to Henry Hein in 1971 with .9780 and second
to Bard Higgins in 1962 with a .9742 mark.
Stan won numerous
championships which included the Zone Champion of Champions in
1971.He and his father shot in 12 Grand Americans where he won
several minor championships. In 1968, he was captain of the
Minnesota team at the Manitoba one-box sharp-tail shoot at Ashern,
winning the trapshooting championship against teams like Iowa,
captained by All-American Bob Allen and the Texas team, composed
primarily of Astronauts.
Stan has three
children, Natalie, Scooter, and Derek, his mother, Mert, a fine
shot and dad, Stan Sr.