Madras High School trap team takes third at OSHSCTL state finals
The Madras High School trap team was shooting for gold at the state finals, but bronze will do just fine in its place.
Led by strong performances from all five varsity competitors, Madras placed third overall out of 25 competing schools at the Oregon State High School Clay Target League 1A State Tournament on Saturday, June 25, in Hillsboro. Madras scored 458 points, falling just two points shy of a second-place tie with Yamhill-Carlton. Rainier, meanwhile, won the day with an impressive score of 470. The remainder of the top 10 included Crane (453), Wallowa (450), Hermiston (449), Douglas (448), Crook County (438), Aloha (437) and West Albany (435).
The top shooter on the day for Madras was James Lange, who will be a junior at MHS next year. Lange had rounds of 24, 24, 23 and 24 to log a score of 95 at the state finals, putting him in a tie for seventh place with three other competitors. Only one athlete, Tyler Borders of Rainier, was able to put together a perfect 100 score; however, another Central Oregon talent took second high gun as Crook County's Clayton Dill finished with a score of 98.
Not far behind Lange were the Lee brothers, Logan and Mason, who each hit 93 targets to tie for 13th place in the varsity division. Logan, who recently graduated from MHS and joined Lange on the all-state team, was a model of consistency. He hit at least 23 targets in all four rounds, saving his best for last with a 24 in the final round. Mason, meanwhile, hit exactly 24 targets in three out of four rounds.
Madras also got a big day out of Seth Feigner, who was the only member of the team to record a 25-straight at the state finals. Feigner finished the day with a score of 92 to tie for 18th place overall, making Madras one of only seven teams in the state — at either the 1A or 2A classifications — to have four competitors hit over 90 targets in Hillsboro.
Rounding out the varsity scoring for Madras was Joshua Gregory, who scored an 85 to place in a tie for 62nd overall. Gregory's best round saw him hit 23 out of 25 targets. Lucas Hurd also competed for the Madras High School team at the state finals, but he did so in the novice division. Hurd tied for sixth place among novices, hitting 71 targets — including 23 in the first round.
The MHS team, which is coached by Kevin Tollefson, should have another great team next season.
Logan Lee is the only departing senior in the bunch, meaning that the top shooter in 1A Division 1 — James Lange — will be back for more. It is also worth noting that one athlete, Vanya Crumrine, missed out on the state finals because she is in Nebraska competing at 4-H Nationals. Crumrine, who will be a senior at MHS next year, was the top female competitor in Madras' division this season. As such, her presence at the 2023 state finals could mean little to no drop-off from what the team accomplished in 2022.
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