Gov. shooting team does well at state clay shoot
By Tom Wiest | (email@example.com)
The 2013 state championships for the Tennessee Scholastic Clay Target Program took place at the end of June at the Tennessee Clay Target Complex in Nashville. More than 1,500 middle and high school shooters competed in trap, skeet and sporting clays. Winners will go on to represent their state at the 2013 SCTP Nationals on July 15-20 at the World Shooting and Recreation Complex in Sparta, Ill.
Competitors are grouped in five divisions determined by age and experience: Varsity (V), Junior Varsity (JV), Intermediate Advanced (IA), Intermediate Entry (IE), and Rookie (R). The best East Tennessee teams in the state meet are featured here.
The Jefferson County 4-H Patriot Shooters, a perennial powerhouse, continued to excel in all three disciplines. In skeet the Jeff Co. JV placed second with 262 birds out of 300. In trap the Jeff Co. Varsity took third with 488 of 500. In sporting clays the Jeff Co. Varsity was second with 276, and the JV team was third at 258.
Jeff Co. Kelsey Nelson was High Overall (HOA) Female in IE trap with 91 of 100.Chase Boling was HOA Male in JV sporting clays with 94.
The Monroe County 4-H SCTP Shooters won more categories than any other East Tennessee team. In skeet the Rookie team won it with 224; the IA (275) and the IE (240) teams placed second. In sporting clays Monroe Co. won the IE category with 244 and the Rookies managed second with 214.
Monroe Co. HOA female shooters were Emily Phillips (92) in JV skeet, Gracin Anderson (89) in IA skeet, with Madelyn Shamblin also shooting 89. Rookie Cole Prince (86) was HOA male in skeet. Samantha Dockery was top HOA female in IE sporting clays.
The William Blount Shooting Team finished well in some categories again this year. WB was third in IA sporting clays (252). Reagan Morton was HOA female in Rookie skeet (44) and in Rookie sporting clays (57).
East Tennesseans named to the All State Teams were, for skeet: Jeff. Co. Varsity men’s Davis Rader; Monroe Co. Varsity female’s Emily Phillips, Intermediate men Lake Shamblin, and Rookie Brayden Lingerfelt.
The All State sporting clays team included these Monroe Co. shooters: Intermediate Braden Underwood, and Rookies Cole Prince and Trace Cooke. The trap team incuded Jeff. Co. Rookie David Walker.
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