U.S. OLYMPIC TRAINING CENTER, COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Young shotgunners with Olympic aspirations traveled to Colorado Springs Sept. 15–22 to compete at the Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) USA Shooting Junior Olympic National Championships.
The competition included team and individual matches in the international versions of skeet and trap shooting, which are shot in the Olympics and at other world events.
Winners included teams from Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, Georgia, Indiana, Louisiana and Missouri, as well as individual shooters from some of those states and Michigan, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Tennessee and California. See complete results below.
The top two male and female shooters in both events claimed a spot on the U.S. national development team.
Since 2000, the National Shooting Sports Foundation's (NSSF) Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) has been introducing thousands of youths to trap, skeet, sporting clays and the international versions of trap and skeet. This year, nearly 10,000 youths from 44 states competed in various SCTP state, regional and national competitions.
NSSF and USA Shooting also hold an annual Junior Olympic Development Camp for a select group of young SCTP talents. Many past camp attendees competed at the event in Colorado Springs, some of which claimed individual and team awards.
SCTP offers students in grades 12 and under an opportunity to compete as a team in the clay target sports. The program is focused on instilling in young participants a commitment to safe firearm handling, teamwork and leadership.
SCTP USA Shooting Junior Olympic National Championships
(held Sept. 15-22, Colorado Springs, Colo.)
Team Results (Varsity):
Georgia – Range Masters, 325 out of 375 targets (Thomas Coggins of Bogart, Nick Kimbrough of Atlanta, and Cody Reid of Acworth)
Louisiana – LA Clay Wings, 316 (Ethan Hall of Jonesboro, Dillon McCartney of Winnfield, and Caitlin Connor of Jena)
Indiana – Hoosier Gun Swinger, 304 (Timothy Baker of Laporte, Tanner Brooks of Walkerton, and Anthony Erickson of Walkerton)
High Overall Male: Nick Kimbrough of Atlanta, Ga. 112 + 25 137
Male Runner-Up: Thomas Coggins of Bogart, Ga. 110 + 23 133
High Overall Female: Caitlin Connor of Jena, La. 106
Female Runner-Up: Brielle Eaton of Sierra Vista, Ariz. 81
Dillon McCartney of Winnfield, La. 107 + 22 129
Brisden Eaton of Sierra Vista, Ariz. 107 + 19 126
Chris Haver of Clinton, Mich. 105 + 21 126
Luke Daffern of Tulsa, Okla. 72
Nathan Bertrand of Aurora, Colo. 40
Team Results (Varsity):
Alabama – Talladega Sharpshooters, 320 out of 375 Targets (Michael French of Tallassee, Matthew Gossett of Springville, and Brandon Knight of Lineville)
Michigan – North Franklin Hustlers 4, 316 (Ethan Heiden of Clinton, Rachael Heiden of Clinton, and Garrett Walters of Burr Oak)
Missouri – Arnold Jr Trap Shooters, 316 (Kevin Bockerstett of St. Charles, Josh Cresswell of Bonne Terre, and Nicholas Edwards of Fenton)
High Overall Male: Matthew Gosset of Springville, Ala. 120 + 20 140
Male Runner-Up: Josh Cresswell of Bonne Terre, Mo. 116 + 23 139
High Overall Female: Stacey Schroeder of Washington, Mo. 97
Female Runner-Up: Janessa Beaman of Elbert, Colo. 97
Print Zutavern of Broken Bow, Neb. 117 + 20 137
Ethan Heiden of Clinton, Mich. 112 + 22 134
Shane Slocumb of Hartsfield, Ga. 112 + 21 133
Blake Carnell of Henderson, Tenn. 98 + 20 118
Dalton Mitchell of Luray, Tenn. 97 + 18 115
Michael Flores of Sacramento, Calif. 95 + 19 114
USA Shooting is the national governing body for Olympic and international shooting sports in the United States. For more information, visit either www.nssf.org/sctp or www.usashooting.org.