HERMISTON — As Hermiston gets ready to move into the WIAA, there’s one team that will continue to compete in Oregon.
Hermiston’s trapshooting team has dominated its competition since the league’s inaugural season in 2015, and this year was no different as Hermiston won its third consecutive state title.
Hermiston competed the three-peat over the weekend at the 2018 Oregon State High School Clay Target League State Tournament at the Hillsboro Trap & Skeet Club. Behind the efforts of Thomas Mabbot and Mitchell Pimentel of the boys varsity team, Hermiston finished with a team total of 485 (out of 500) points.
Head coach John Adams credits the good work to the time and effort the team puts in during the season.
“The kids practice and work on doing the right thing like learning the fundamentals,” he said.
As Mabbot, who earned second place (99 points) after a tie-breaking reverse run with Newberg’s Ryan Kramer, and Pimentel, who finished third with a score of 98, others also contributed to the 13-point victory.
Cody Adams, in the boys novice competition, finished third with 83 points. Five other Hermiston athletes finished in the top 15, and three were in a seven-way tie for 13th place.
Tyler Pearson finished tied for seventh place (97) and Kaden Smith also finished in a three-way tie for 10th place (96). Cole Smith, Tyson Stocker and Chase Smith all tied for 13th place (95) with other athletes from Arlington, Madras, Mountain View and Estacada.
Other locals also made the trip to Hillsboro, including Echo’s Natalee Sherbahn, who finished third in the girls junior varsity competition. Sherbahn finished with 72 points.
Rounding out the team standings were Madras (472), Medford (463), Molalla (462) and Oregon City with 459 points.
Throughout the eight-week season, Hermiston handily made its way to the top of the Class 1A Conference 4 standings. It put together 8,024 points — nearly 200 points better than second-place Molalla (6,288.5).
The Ukiah/Pilot Rock High School team had some top finishes in the novice and junior varsity competition.
Lokey Breeding of Pilot Rock finished tied for second in the boys junior varsity class with 90 targets hit, but took home third place on a tiebreaker, while teammate Gauge Hill finished tied for fifth with 87 points.
In boys novice class, Ukiah’s Cadney Bacon finished fourth with a 77 and Pilot Rock’s Johnathin Hascall was fifth with a 72.
Arlington High School competed and place two shooters in the top 15. Chloe Goss finished second in girls novice with a 79 and Brett Troutman finished tied for 13th in boys varsity with 95.
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