Tuesday, July 26, 2011

TN Brings Home 7 National Champioinships From SCTP Event

From TWF

TN Scholastic Clay Target Program's Teams Outshine 36 Other States with 23 Top Five Finishes
SPARTA, Ill. - Twenty one teams from the Tennessee Scholastic Clay Target Program competed in the sport's national championship event, held July 12-16 in Sparta, Ill. The result was seven national championships, 23 top-five finishes across all divisions, and the high overall shooter of the tournament.

Tennessee's 28 medals far surpassed those of the 36 other states with teams in the event, which included thousands of student-athletes from across the nation.

"Tennessee has become a pre-eminent state in scholastic shooting sports, and our teams did not disappoint at this year's national championships," said Andrew Peercy, who serves as TNSCTP's manager through the
Tennessee Wildlife Federation, which runs the program. "Side by side, the males and females that make up our state's teams shot the lights out in Sparta."

The seven national championships included: Arlington High School (Shelby County), varsity trap; Richland Trap Team (Giles County), junior varsity trap; Hoodlum Alley Claybusters (Bedford County), intermediate entry trap; and Bethel University, collegiate skeet. The Jefferson County Patriot Shooters won two national championships in the "Game & Fish" state divisions, both as the high all-around team and in the trap event, as well as a high all-around championship in the "4-H" division.

Cody Hart from Houston High School in Shelby County was named the individual trap national champion and the high overall shooter of the tournament. It was the fourth year in a row that a Tennessee athlete has won the high overall award in trap, a division that included more than 1,200 shooters from across the nation at this year's event. For his efforts, Hart was also named winner of the Jeanette C. Rudy Cup, for the best performance among Tennessee shooters at the national championships.

For complete results from the national championships, visit

Four colleges in Tennessee offer scholarships for competitive shotgun sports, including skeet, sporting clays and trap. Student-athletes can earn scholarships and financial assistance at Bethel University, Middle Tennessee State University, Tennessee Technological University, and the University of Tennessee at Martin. The TNSCTP Scholarship Fund will award $15,000 in scholarships to SCTP athletes this year.

TNSCTP is a program of the Tennessee Wildlife Federation, with approximately 2,000 student-athletes participating on an annual basis in competitions at the local, state and national levels. The program is made possible by support from key partners including the Tennessee Army National Guard, the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency and Rio Ammunition. To learn more, visit

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