Canby trap shooters shine at nationals
The top high school girl trap shooter in the nation resides in Canby.
Issabella Berge, a rising senior at Canby High School, shot a perfect score of 100 Saturday on day one of the USA High School Clay Target League National Championship in Mason, Michigan.
Berge, who was one of only seven competitors to hit all 100 clay targets on Satuday, followed up with a 96 on Sunday to finish 25th overall out of 1,600 shooters.
"She (Berge) had never broken 50 or 75 or 100 straight," Canby coach Chuck McClaugherty said. "To do all that at nationals on such a huge competition day was amazing. It definitely puts Canby on the mat and the state of Oregon on the map. It was really cool to watch the whole crowd and her competing in front of thousands of people and everybody was congratulating her."
Berge, who also had the top score of any competitor in Oregon, was one of 14 shooters to hit 196 targets over the two days. One athlete, Woodrow Glazer, from New Prague High School in Minnesota, shot a perfect 200. Two competitors shot 199, four hit 198 and another four scored a 197.
Tied for 12th, Berge, who missed on her final attempt, dropped to 25th due to the competition's longest reverse run tiebreaker.
"The longer you shoot the harder it is to make that last target," McClaugherty said. "Nerves get to you and you're tired and your muscles get depleted."
Two more Canby shooters joined Berge in finals.
Mat Eubanks shot 96 and 94 for a combined 190 to place 173rd. Brandon Slater hit 94 and 94 for a combined score of 188 to finish 234th.
Canby also qualified for finals in the team competition as Berge, Eubanks, Slater, Tate Driver and Danner Sullivan shot 912 of 1,000 targets to place 67th out of 206 schools.
Canby finished seven shots behind South Medford, which finished 64th and was the top team in Oregon.
McClaugherty said the weather was not as good for the team competition.
"It was a lot windier and the targets were high," he said. "It was cloudy and the sun kept coming and going. It was challenging."
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