Gile leads R-P trapshooters at national championship

Four Rushford-Peterson trapshooters attended the USA High School Clay Target League National Championship July 10-14 in Mason, Mich. From left: Breena Pehler, Hunter Mart, Brett Betthauser and Brady Gile.
By : 
Scott Bestul

Brady Gile, an R-P sophomore, placed 78th in the individual standings at the USA High School Clay Target League National Championship last week. Gile led a squad of four shooters from R-P that included Breena Pehler, Hunter Mart and Brett Betthauser. The championships were held July 10-14 in Mason, Mich.

Assistant coach Jamie Pehler said that “conditions were difficult on the qualifying days, it was very windy.” Gile was the only R-P shooter to advance to the finals, with a qualifying score of 94 (out of 100 targets). Mart posted the next highest score with an 88, followed by Pehler (86) and Betthauser (83). 

The finals consisted of two days of shooting, with qualifiers shooting 100 targets each day. Gile posted scores of 94 the first day and 99 the second for a total of 193. The winner of the individual title was a fellow Minnesotan, Woodrow Glazier of New Prague High School, who shot matching perfect scores of 100 on each of the two days. Second place went to Larry Holmes, of Durand Area High School (MI), with a 199. There were 18 shooters from Minnesota who placed in the Top 50, and Cole Girtz, the conference champion from 2A Conference 5 (R-P’s conference) placed 11th in the standings with a two-day score of 197.

Minnesota was also well-represented in the team standings. The National Team Title went to Roseau High School, and third place was awarded to the team from Alden-Conger High School.