Str8 Shooters Earn High Marks at State Championships

The Str8 Shooters Clay Team from Hamilton County recently garnered multiple awards at the Tennessee Scholastic Clay Target Program Championships held in Nashville. Many shooters will be moving on to the national championships in July. (Contributed Photo)

More than 1,400 youth athletes, from middle school to college, recently took part in the 2018 Tennessee Scholastic Clay Target Program State Championships in Nashville. Many of the winners will be moving on to compete at the National Championships in Ohio, beginning July 14.

Shotgunners with the Str8 Shooters from Hamilton County earned awards in seventeen different divisions and disciplines, including six First Place Awards. CLICK HERE to see the complete list of winners.

The State Championships took place over five full days of co-ed competition in three shotgun shooting sports disciplines: trap, skeet and sporting clays. Individuals and teams from all corners of the state competed for titles in nearly 70 categories.

Andrew Peercy, Tennessee Scholastic Clay Target Program Manager, said, “The athletes battled adverse weather conditions yet performed exceptionally well and impressed the spectators with their skill, determination, and sportsmanship.”

The governing body of the sport in Tennessee is the Tennessee Scholastic Clay Target Program, an initiative of Tennessee Wildlife Federation. Tennessee Wildlife Federation is one of the largest and oldest nonprofits dedicated to the conservation of Tennessee’s wildlife and natural resources. Tennessee Scholastic Clay Target Program introduces youth to the shooting sports and recruits them into an outdoor lifestyle.

“We’re excited to see many Tennessee SCTP athletes move on to the 2018 National Championships, July 14-21, and we are confident they will represent the state of Tennessee and our program well,” said Peercy. “Not only do these youth represent the shooting sports, but they also represent the future of outdoor sports, conservation, and wildlife in Tennessee. That’s exciting.”

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