COLUMBUS, Ohio – In a tight three-way contest where just three targets separated the top three teams, Michigan’s Lowell Red Arrows came out on top to take the Bunker Trap title in the Senior 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.
With their final target count of 193, the Lowell Red Arrows were led by Noah Roth of Lowell who broke 72 of 100 targets. James VanDeusen of Ada added another 65 targets while Joshua Bush of Lowell contributed 56 towards the team’s winning total.
Just two targets back in second place were members of the Hudson Raider SCTP Shooting Club out of Wisconsin. Siblings Reed and Riley Meyer finished with 71 and 63 targets, respectively. Adding another 57 targets to the squad’s 191 total was Cody Cicha. All three shooters are from Hudson.
The Ben Avery Clay Crushers out of Arizona claimed third place with their combined total of 190 of 300 targets. Richard Hakalmazian led the squad with 68 targets followed by Noah Overbey with 62 and Victoria Hendrix with 60. All three shooters are from Glendale.
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.