COLUMBUS, Ohio – The North Scott Trap Team of Iowa took home the Doubles Trap title in the Intermediate/Advanced Division during competition at the 2016 Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) National Team Championships.
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.
Led by Thomas Keeshan of Princeton, who broke 186 of 200 targets as the division’s Top Gun, the North Scott squad finished with a combined 854 targets out of a possible 1,000. Fellow Princeton squad-mates Jaydon Biles, Jacob Dies and Nick Kunde contributed 181, 169 and 168 targets, respectively, while Grace Bjustrom of Eldridge added another 150 to the total.
Second place in the competition went to the Central Falcons of Wisconsin with 789 targets. Robert Rauhut of Ringwood, Illinois led the team with 176 targets, followed by Zachary Hanson with 172 and Colby Nikula with 151 (both of Bristol, Wisc.), Ryan Jackson of Kenosha, Wisc. with 148 and Jenna Ziemelis, also of Bristol, with 142.
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.