Molalla clay target team second in state through week two
Author's note: Week three's competition has finished, and this story will be updated when the results have been posted.
Molalla High School's clay target team is shooting their competition out of the sky through two weeks of competition.
Out of the 14 teams across the state, the Indians are sitting in second behind Hermiston High School, who has begun to run away in the standings. After week two, Hermiston has 930 points total while Molalla has 739.
But those two teams are the only ones even close to the top as cascade Christian High School is sitting in third at 555.5 points, while Canby follows up in fourth at 401 points.
Molalla, Hermiston, and Canby are all in the Class A Conference 3, which is clearly the strongest league in the state despite being the smallest.
Conference 1 includes Madras, LaGrande, Crane, Wilsonville, Yamhill-Carlton, and Arlington high schools, while Conference 2 includes Cascade Christian, Echo, Estacada, Central, and Dufur.
There are five competitions before the state tournament on June 24 at the Hillsboro Trap and Skeet Club, and individuals' average scores per round at the end of those five weeks will determine if they'll compete in the novice (0-14.99), junior varsity (15-18.99), or varsity (19-25). Every week, reach athlete shoots two rounds of 25 targets. As of week two, Molalla has four shooters in the top 25 in the state: Darrion Mott is in 10th place with a 22.5 average; Nathan Reach is in 11th, also with a 22.5 average; Cameron Phillips is in 13th with a 22.25 average; and Chase Jazdinski is in 20th with a 21.25 average.
Jazdinski, along with Brandon Harrington, are the only members from Molalla's team to be on the 25-straight list after the both hit 25 in a row in week three; they received special patches for their shooter vests.
Three athletes from Cascade Christian and three from Hermiston have made the 50-straight club.
The team competes for the next two weeks on Thursday evenings at 5 p.m. at Canby Gun Club. It's spectator friendly and earplugs are provided.
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