Twenty seven (27) Youth Athletes from the Sparta, Georgia Lake Oconee Shotgun Team are here at the Cardinal Shooting Center in Marengo, Ohio with one goal in mind! Equal or better that 2018 performance at the SCTP National Championships at the 2019 SCTP National Championships. In 2018, Team Oconee was the HOA Team for all three shotgun disciplines, trap, skeet, and sporting clays. In addition, Lake Oconee finished 4th overall in trap.
Head Coach of the Lake Oconee Shotgun Team says, “our team worked very hard
this season to prepare for the National Championships. Most of our athletes have
returned from last year so we are heading into the Cardinal Center ready to
perform at our best”.
to the 27 athletes, Lake Oconee Shotgun Team has almost all the parents and
even a few grandparents make the trip to support their youth athletes.
Oconee Shotgun Team has athletes from 5th grade through seniors in
high school. Three of the team’s seniors are graduating this year, two of those
graduating seniors will be members of the
Emanuel College Shotgun Team following graduation.
There were stiff winds and even stiffer competition at the SCTP 2018 Southeastern Regional Championship April 20-22 at the Forest City Gun Club in Savannah. Over 300 youth shooters from 24 teams across the Southeast participated.
The Trap event on Saturday was shot in 20+ mph winds, but these young shooters were not deterred. Nash Sinclair of Lake Oconee took the title followed by a tie between Central Georgia teammates Alexis Eidson and Bradley Defore. Eidson was Lady Champion followed by a tie between her teammate Delaney Calhoun and Reanna Frauens.
The Central Georgia Elite Shooters team, coached by Chad Eidson, broke 1,391 out of 1,500 birds to win over all the youth shooting teams of boys and girls from third grade through college. The Lake Oconee Shotgun Team came in second place (1,376), followed by the Worth County Shotgun Team (1,352) in third. Defending SCTP National Champions Young Guns at Quail Creek from Okechobee, Florida finished fourth, and Savannah-based Forest City Juniors led by Douglas Williams and Colin Davis finished fifth.
Young Guns, Lake Oconee, Forest City and Central Georgia represent 4 of the top 5 winning teams at the 2017 SCTP National Championship out of over 200 teams nationwide.
Andrew Weiche and Tate Skipper, both of Macon, led the charge for Central Georgia Elite and ended up tied for the High Over All individual honor which was settled by a shoot-off that went Weiche’s way. Ambus Powell of the Worth County Shotgun Team finished third overall.
Reanna Frauens of Coral Gables, Florida, won Ladies HOA shooting for the Young Guns at Quail Creek followed by Alexis Eidson and Dallas Ward for Central Georgia Elite.
Men’s Sporting Clays ended in a tie between perennial Georgia powerhouses Aaron Copelan of Lake Oconee and Kevin Bandt of the Brookine Top Shots. Copelan won the shoot-off to take the title. Andrew Weiche finished 3rd. The Ladies sporting champion was Central Georgia’s Alexis Eidson followed by Reanna Frauens. Ashley Blenker of Quail Creek and Camryn McCraney of Etowah Valley tied for 3rd.
Sunday’s Skeet event ended with three perfect scores of 100 by Tate Skipper, Reanna Frauens and Buford’s Camryn McCraney, who shoots for the Etowah Valley Mambas. Skipper eventually won the event via shoot-off, and then Frauens defeated McCraney to win the Ladies Division. Lake Oconee Collegiate shooter Tyler Hyatt also shot a perfect 100 straight.
Forest City Gun Club has a busy competitive calendar in 2018. In addition to this SCTP Regional, they hosted the 2018 NSSA Krieghoff MASTERS Skeet tournament May 3-6. In June, they will hold the Georgia State Sporting Clays Championship and in September, they will host the NSCA Southeastern Regional Championship for a field of over 600 shooters.