Columbus, OH -(AmmoLand.com)- Following their squad’s earlier title win in Doubles Trap, the North Scott Trap’s Intermedia/Advanced Division team picked up the Trap National Title bringing the overall Iowa team’s title count to four at the 2016 Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) National Team Championships in Ohio.
Jacob Dies of Princeton led the team by breaking 197 of the team’s total target count of 954. Fellow Princeton shooters Thomas Keeshan, Jaydon Biles and Nick Kunde added 195, 194 and 190, respectively, while Grace Bjustrom of Eldridge finished with 178.
Held July 9-16 at the Cardinal Shooting Center in Marengo, Ohio, nearly 2,200 athletes representing 28 states faced more than 961,000 clay targets during eight days of competition in the shooting disciplines of Trap, Skeet and Sporting Clays.
Another Iowa team, the Ankeny Centennial Jaguars Trap Team, finished second with 937 out of a possible 1,000 targets. The Jaguars were led by Kael Richmond with 193, followed by Joshua Jorgensen with 192, Hunter Ryan Block with 190, Chase Martin with 182 and Jackson Bresson with 180. All five shooters are from Ankeny.
Third place went to the Jefferson Sportsmen’s Club squad from Wisconsin with 931. Austin Rechlin of Jefferson led with 194, followed by Cole Hoefler of Watertown with 188, Mitchell Heinzen of Janesville, Eli Keeser of Jefferson and Ethan Walechka of Johnson Creek each with 183.
The Cumberland County Clay Crushers of Tennessee finished fourth with the five Crossville shooters combining for 918 targets. Alex Petty and Gavin Threet led with 192. Maci Gernt and Ben Wattenbarger added 180 each followed by Samuel Phillips with 174.
The Ohio squad from Centerburg Youth Shooting Sports placed fifth with 911 targets and was led by Zachary Debord of Mt Vernon with 197. Troy Dubois, Christian Miller and Alex McCafferty finished with 187, 186 and 180, respectively, while teammate Ethan Trainer of Mount Gilead broke another 161.
The Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) is a youth development program in which adult coaches and other volunteers use the shooting sports of Trap, Skeet and Sporting Clays, as well as the Olympic disciplines of Bunker Trap, Trap Doubles and International Skeet to teach and to demonstrate sportsmanship, responsibility, honesty, ethics, integrity, teamwork, and other positive life skills. Nationally, there are nearly 13,700 students and more than 2,900 coaches from 43 states participating in the Scholastic Clay Target Program.
The Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation, Inc. (SSSF), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, is the National Governing Body for the Scholastic Clay Target Program. SCTP was started by the National Shooting Sports Foundation in 2001.
For more information about SCTP and SSSF, visit www.sssfonline.org. You can also follow SCTP on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ShootSCTP or www.instagram.com/scholasticshootingsports @ScholasticShootingSports on Instagram.
About the SSSF:
The Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation (SSSF) is responsible for all aspects of the Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) and Scholastic Action Shooting Program (SASP) across the United States. SCTP and SASP are youth development programs in which adult coaches and other volunteers use shooting sports to teach and to demonstrate sportsmanship, responsibility, honesty, ethics, integrity, teamwork, and other positive life skills. SCTP was developed as a program of the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) until the SSSF was created in 2007 to operate the SCTP. In 2012, SSSF created the SASP and became the managing foundation of both programs.
For more information about SSSF, visit www.sssfonline.org.