If you were anywhere near central Ohio last week, it was easy to see and feel that something “special” was taking place. The Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) was in full force from July 13th thru July 20th at the Cardinal Shooting Center in Marengo, Ohio
The SCTP Program had its largest event on record with over 6,300 entries in Skeet, Skeet Doubles, Trap, Trap Doubles, Handicap Trap, Sporting Clays, and Bunker Trap. 2,343 athletes, coaches’ volunteers, and family’s from 240 teams and 30 states showed up to be part of the almost 2 Million targets that were thrown for competition, practice and side games……the most in SCTP history!
Grace Marlen became only the second female athlete in SCTP history to shoot 200 straight at Nationals (Reanna Frauens did it in 2018) in addition to winning the $7,600 Browning College Scholarship!
AND…, the sweltering heat and humidity contributed to another unique National Championship title, the largest number of bottles of water ever consumed at an SCTP National Championship event.
Of course, Congratulations to all our 2019 National Championship Individual and Team winners. Many teams came to the Cardinal Center to defend their previous year titles and left holding the “top spots” again for 2019. Still, many of this year’s individual and team winners were on the podium for the first time. It was easy to see that all our SCTP teams had worked hard all year to get ready for the intense competition that is always a part of their National Championships.
The Cardinal Center and staff were fantastic again this year and for everyone involved it was an amazing week! It’s now time to start planning for our next record setting National Championship event, July 11-18, 2020!
For a complete list of the 2019 SCTP winners, click the Results Tab on the menu bar of the www.sssfonline.org website.
from across the United States (29 states to be exact) are planning, packing,
practicing, and getting ready to head with their families, teammates, and
friends to the 2019 SCTP National Championships being held at the Cardinal
Shooting Center in Marengo, Ohio, July 13-20, 2019.
reach that 2 million target mark!” Said SCTP National Director, Tom Wondrash.
“That’s 11-12 Semi loads of Clay Targets thrown in just this week! This will be
the largest National Championship in the history of the SCTP and I’m sure White
Flyer (manufacturer of the clay targets and founding sponsor) is quite pleased
to see this!”
Teams will be competing in Trap, Skeet, Skeet Doubles Sporting
Clays, Double Trap, Handicap Trap and Bunker Trap. Most would think that would
be enough however for 2019, SCTP has added several additional competitions for
SCTP Teams to participate in including…
Break Competition – Athletes have a chance to win a case of
ammo each day by competing in the ever popular Make A Break! Winners will be
awarded daily and the finalists will compete head to head on Saturday, July 20
where the grand Prize winner will receive a Fabarm XLR 5 Velocity 12ga.
Doubles Competition – Athletes that compete in Friday, July 19th’s
event of Skeet Doubles at the SCTP Nationals, will have the opportunity to have
their number drawn to compete Saturday for a final round of Skeet Doubles and
have the chance to win the Beretta A400 Action KO shotgun being donated by
Beretta for this event! At the end of competition on Friday, several numbers
will be posted and those athletes whose scores end in that number will be
eligible to shoot another round of Skeet Doubles where the highest shooter will
win the Beretta Shotgun!
Competitor Standing– All athletes are eligible to compete in the
Last Competitor Standing events being held Wednesday evening after opening
ceremonies as well as Friday evening after awards ceremonies for Handicap Trap,
Trap Doubles and Bunker Trap. Wrist bands to compete are only $5 and athletes
will have a chance to win firearms from our partners at Legacy Sports and SKB
Shotguns! A total of 6 guns to be given away along with many other great prizes
including about 60 cases of ammo, shooting glasses compliments of RE Ranger,
leather shooting bags from Shamrock Leather and much more!
In addition, SCTP youth athletes, families and friends can enter the 2019 SCTP National Raffle where over $30,000.00 in prizes will be won including a Kolar Max O/U Shotgun and 6 additional guns. And like last year, individuals or teams can participate in the Flurry Shoot where prizes will be awarded every day.
On Friday, May 31, 2019 Ben Berka, Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation President and Executive Director announced that SSSF has entered into an agreement with the Cardinal Shooting Center to host their July Scholastic Clay Target Program and Scholastic Action Shooting Program National Championships through the year 2029.
The Cardinal Shooting Center,
one of this country’s largest features 52 Trap Houses, 14 Skeet Fields, 2 Sporting
Clays Courses an International Bunker Trap and a 5 Stand! They also have 14
Pistol & Rifle Bays, as well as an Archery Practice Range and 3D Archery
course for the Pistol, Rifle and bow enthusiasts alike! For 2019, the Cardinal
Shooting Center will have completed their state-of-the-art “Shot Curtain
System’, providing a common background for all trap shooters as well as an
efficient platform to reclaim lead shot.
Tom Wondrash, SCTP National
Director stated “Everyone involved with SCTP is excited about our new 10-year
contract with The Cardinal Shooting Center. Beginning in 2020, the Cardinal
Shooting Center will add 6-8 additional skeet fields as well as the possibility
for additional American Trap and Bunker Trap facilities in the future. We
couldn’t be happier to have agreed upon a long-term deal with Cardinal knowing
they welcome our athletes, teams and families with open arms each and every
In addition to the SCTP and
SASP National Championships in July, the Cardinal Shooting Center is also home
for The SCTP College National Championships, SCTP Spring Regional and the SASP
Fall Regional Competition. The Cardinal Center also plays host to some of the
country’s largest open shooting events including Karen’s Cup, the Ohio state
shoot, the Buckeye Open, Cardinal Classic and the “Red Bird” Sporting Classic!
Luke Spengler, Trap manager
and tournament director at the Cardinal Shooting Center made the following
statement following the completion of the new 10-year agreement. “We are extremely
excited to know our youth athletes will be at the Cardinal Shooting Center
competing on a national level through 2029. The July SCTP and SASP National
Championships have been and will continue to be the largest shooting event in
the world and we are honored to host them” For
more information on the Cardinal Shooting Center, visit www.thecardinalcenter.com
Like last year, due to the extremely large volume of teams and coaches trying to squad for the National Championships, we will again be allowing teams to “pre-squad” for the 2019 SCTP National Championships at the Cardinal Center in Marengo, Ohio.
Here’s how it will work: 1. Send a check for the proper amount of all squads and athletes to the Burlington WI address post marked no earlier than 12:01am on May 15th and no later than midnight on May 22nd.
2. Money received is “Non-Refundable”. Pre-registration fees will not be returned for any athletes that do not attend the SCTP National Championships.
3. All squads must be “pre-built” on your team’s home page for the National Championships. Teams will be allowed to change athletes as they see fit later but all squads must be ready to populate the shooting schedule.
4. SCTP will populate the squad assignments based on the time and date received (time stamp) on the envelope containing your paperwork and check. PLEASE send by regular mail with NO signature required. Sending paperwork requiring a signature may delay your paperwork!
5. Download and complete the pre-registration form (also available on the SSSF website) that provides your information along with dates and times you would like your squads assigned. Please give us 3 options for times and days.
6. Teams will be notified of their pre-registration by May 29 and before normal registration which opens on June 1st.
Note: Completed form(s) must be sent in with payment either by credit card or by check, no payment sent in with forms will result in no squads entered for that team. These payments are “nonrefundable”!! If you pay for 15 athletes and only 12 show up, the other 3 athlete’s fees are not returned.
Completed forms and payments must be mailed to us no sooner than May 15, 2019 and sent to:
SCTP Nationals Pre-Registration C/0 Amanda Wondrash 165 Bay Ridge Lane Burlington, WI 53105
We look forward to seeing you all at the Cardinal Center in Marengo, Ohio the week of July 13-20, 2019
The Scholastic Clay Target Program and Scholastic Action Shooting Program National Championships were conducted July 14-21 at the Cardinal Shooting Center in Marengo, Ohio. Youth from 26 states participated in the eight day event with 2,692 competitors putting over one million rounds down range.
Highlights of the week-long event included Wednesday evening’s Opening Ceremonies, Thursday’s pizza party, Friday’s ice cream social and college recruiting day plus the filming of a major motion picture about our sport!
Scholastic Clay Target Program competition events included 16 yard trap, handicap trap, trap doubles, skeet, skeet doubles, sporting clays and bunker trap.
SCTP Award Ceremonies for Skeet and Sporting Clays were held on Thursday evening and for Trap, Skeet Doubles and High Over All on Saturday.
SCTP Main Event H.O.A. results:
1st Place – Lake Oconee Shotgun Team (Georgia) – 2,112 2nd Place – Forest City Juniors (Georgia) – 2,106 3rd Place – Central Georgia Elite Shooters (Georgia) – 2,103 4th Place – North Scott Trap Team (Iowa) – 2,102 5th Place – PC Eagles (Iowa) – 2,074
SCTP High School H.O.A. results:
1st Place – North Scott Trap Team (Iowa) – 2,865 2nd Place – PC Eagles (Iowa) – 2,791 3rd Place – Allen Eagles Competitive Shooting Team (Texas) – 2,781 4th Place – Union Grove Broncos Shooting Club (Wisconsin) – 2,757 5th Place – Marquette Hiltoppers Trap Team (Wisconsin) – 2,744
The Scholastic Action Shooting Program events included competition in rimfire pistol, centerfire pistol, rifle optics, rifle iron sights, 1911 and pistol caliber carbine (PCC). Award Ceremonies were held on Saturday evening and for the 5th year in a row the Lake Country Action Shooters of Wisconsin won the Senior Division of Centerfire Pistol!
Centerfire Pistol – Senior Division results: 1st Place – Lake Country Action Shooters -186.36 2nd Place – Central Florida Rifle & Pistol Club – 207.66 3rd Place – Arnold Junior shooters Red – 230.16
Other notable results for the SASP Rifle Competitions included two athletes, Ethan Inocando and Nate Gibson, who shot sub 30 second match times, which has never been done before at the SASP National Championships.
Optics Rifle Men results: 1st Place – Ethan Inocando (South Texas Shooters) – Senior/Varsity- 29.06 2nd Place – Nate Gibson (Steel Shooters of Traer) – Intermediate/Advanced – 29.68 3rd Place – Holdon Perez – South Texas Shooters – 30.92
The Scholastic Clay Target Program and Scholastic Action Shooting Program introduced a new event at this year’s National Championships – the Top Gun Challenge. Over the years SCTP and SASP watched the steady increase in athletes shooting multiple disciplines in both their programs at nationals. They wanted to find a way to recognize the commitment and stamina these athletes have shown competing in so many events, over the course of the week. CZ-USA, a large sponsor of both SCTP and SASP graciously offered to sponsor the top prize for the winner. CZ-USA donated a Shotgun, a Rifle and a Pistol to SCTP/SASP and awarded all three prizes to the winners.
Top Gun Winners: Tom Keeshan – North Scott Trap Team (Iowa) – Rookie/Intermediate/Varsity Division Mark Beardsley – Mason Dixon Shooters (Pennsylvania) – College Division
Side competitions held during the week included Make a Break and Last Competitor Standing.
Make a Break Winner, Todd Hitch of the William Blount Shooting Team, received the Grand Prize, a Blaser F16 Sporting Shotgun donated by Double Guns of Nashville.
The first of two Last Competitor Standing Competitions was held Wednesday evening following the Opening Ceremonies. Over 550 athletes stood shoulder to shoulder and competed for the title of Champion in the Men’s, Ladies and Collegiate Divisions. The second competition was held on Friday night. Winners received custom championship belt buckles and the Men’s and Ladies Division winners won SKB IS300 or Beretta A300 shotguns.
Be sure to mark your calendars for the 2019 SCTP and SASP National Championships for July 13-20 at the Cardinal Shooting Center in Ohio!
The 2018 Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) and Scholastic Action Shooting Program (SASP) national championships kicked off last Saturday, July 14 and concludes on Saturday, July 21. The event is being hosted by the Cardinal Shooting Center located near Marengo, OH.
A total of 275 teams from 26 states are participating – some as close as Ohio and as far as Washington. Over 2,700 athletes are scheduled to participate with over 1.25 million competition shots expected to be fired over 8 days. Athletes from around the country are participating in trap, doubles trap, handicap trap, skeet, doubles skeet, sporting clays, bunker trap, action pistol and action rifle events. Many athletes shoot multiple events translating to almost 7,000 total event entries for the eight day competition.
When not shooting, athletes and their families have been spending time with the dozens of vendors on the Cardinal Center grounds and visiting special guests such as Larry and Brenda Potterfield, owners of MidwayUSA and founders of the MidwayUSA Foundation. The Potterfield’s have donated over $100 million to youth shooting sports organizations and teams across the country! Because of generous grants made possible by the Potterfield’s, the SSSF has been able to contribute nearly $8 million to SCTP and SASP Team Endowment accounts held at the MidwayUSA Foundation. Larry and Brenda enjoyed a day on the grounds featuring a team meet and greet, rifle shooting and trapshooting with youth athletes.
Stay tuned to our blog and social media for complete coverage of events from the rest of the week! Also, be sure to search on our official event hashtags #SCTPNationals2018 and #SASPNationals2018 for additional news and photos!
New from the 2017 shooting season and continued for the 2018 season will be the SCTP “All State Team”. This team will be comprised of athletes finishing in the top 5 positions at their respective state shoots in 16 yard singles Trap, American Skeet and Sporting Clays, male and female athletes combined and regardless of their team affiliation!
To be eligible for the All State Team, athletes must:
Attend their SCTP state championship event(s)
Attend the SCTP National Championships in Marengo, OH
Those top 5 athletes (in each discipline from their state shoot) attending the SCTP National Championships being held in Marengo, Ohio July 14-21 2018 will have their scores count towards their “All State Team” score for that discipline! They will not shoot independently of their team and squad however, we will just use the scores shot at nationals for their “All State Team” score. Any ties will be shot off as a squad! The top 5 athletes will be selected across all age divisions and categories in grades 12 and under only.
Special prizes will be issued for the top 3 states (athletes) by order of finish and will be presented at the awards ceremonies at the tournament. These will all be 5 person squads.
If an athlete that finishes in the top 5 (at their state shoot) does not attend the national championships, we will then take the next competitor in line that will be attending nationals in July! That could be a 6th place state finisher, 7th place or so on down the line.