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Group with Estacada High School and Middle School students will compete in state tournament

PMG PHOTO: EMILY LINDSTRAND - Members of the Estacada High School clay target team practice shooting.

Members of the Estacada High School clay target team have earned a fourth-place rank in their league since starting their season on April 5.

The group, which is a part of the Oregon State High School Clay Target League, consists of 22 middle and high school students. They compete against Canby High School, Aloha High School, Echo High School, Wallowa High School, Central High School and West Albany High School.

During competitions, each participant receives points for the number of clay targets they hit while firing a shotgun, with the goal of hitting all 25 targets.

The Estacada team was formed two years ago. They will finish their 2019 season with the state tournament on Saturday, June 22, and Sunday, June 23.

Coach Aaron Neldner enjoys watching participants develop their skills.

"Highlights are when you bring in a kid who's never shot before and they hit the target. The smile on their face is what it's all about," he said. "Watching kids progress from hitting five-six (targets) to the perfect 25, it's great to see that growth."

PMG PHOTO: EMILY LINDSTRAND - The Estacada High School clay target team was formed two years ago. This year's group will compete in the state tournament in June.

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