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2019 Nationals High Overall Team Endowment Funding

As another year closes and all National Championships are now complete, we are announcing the top High Overall (HOA) winners from this year’s SCTP National Championships.

We will be awarding MidwayUSA Foundation team endowment funding for the top 4 teams in each of the HOA divisions as follows.

2019 Trap High Overall Winners at SCTP National Championships

Main Event HOA, High School only HOA and Trap only HOA. $60,000 will be awarded to these team’s accounts!

The funding will be as follows, 1st place – $8,000, 2nd place – $6,000, 3rd place – $4,000 and 4th place – $2,000. This will be for each HOA discipline for a total of $60,000!

See complete event results on our website here…

We want to thank all the teams that participated at this years National Championships and look forward to another record-breaking year coming up!

If you missed this year’s event please mark your calendars for our 2020 nationals July 11-18 at the Cardinal Shooting Center!

HOA Winning Teams
Main Event (Trap/Skeet/Sporting Clays)
1st Place – Lake Oconee Shotgun Team, Georgia
2nd Place – Central Georgia Elite Shooters, Georgia
3rd Place – Blackwood Team, Texas
4th Place – Forest City Gun Club, Georgia

High School HOA (Trap/Skeet/Sporting Clays – High School Teams Only)
1st Place – Allen Eagles Competitive Shooting Team, Texas
2nd Place – Central Falcons, Wisconsin
3rd Place – North Scott Trap Team, Iowa
4th Place – Ankeny Centennial Jaguars, Iowa

Trap Only HOA (16 yard singles, Handicap and Trap Doubles)
1st Place – North Scott Trap Team, Iowa
2nd Place – Ankeny Centennial Jaguars, Iowa
3rd Place – Golden Eagles, Illinois
4th Place – Waterford Wolverines, Wisconsin

About the National Championships
Complete information, participation, statistics and stock photos can be found at: https://sssfonline.org/news/media/

2019 NSSA-SCTP All American Team Announced

The National Skeet Shooting Association (NSSA) – Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) All-American Team recognizes SCTP athletes who compete in NSSA registered events. To be eligible for the SCTP All-American Team, a shooter must be a member in good standing with NSSA-NSCA and SCTP, must shoot a minimum of 500 12-gauge NSSA registered targets, and must shoot their respective SCTP state or regional shoot or the SCTP National Championships.

The NSSA-SCTP All-American Team will be determined via 12-gauge average. An athlete’s 12-gauge targets registered in the shooting year (January 1 to December 31) will be used to determine the team. The NSSA-SCTP All-American selection will be divided into six teams which include Open Sub-Junior, Lady Sub-Junior, Open Junior, Lady Junior, Open Collegiate, and Lady Collegiate. Eight shooters will be selected to each of the Sub-Junior and Junior teams. Athletes who are selected to an NSSA Sub-Junior, Junior, or Collegiate Concurrent All-American Team will not be eligible to make the NSSA-SCTP All-American Team.

See the complete team on the NSSA website…

Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation 2020 Scholarship Program

The Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation (SSSF), is once again offering our scholarship program to reward deserving, graduating seniors in the Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) and Scholastic Action Shooting Program (SASP) with needed college assistance. The main objective is to award as many scholarships as possible to qualifying SCTP / SASP graduating seniors.

Since 2013, the SSSF has awarded over $450,000 in scholarship funds benefiting over 450 student athletes, from nearly all 50 states in the Scholastic Clay Target and Scholastic Action Shooting programs. We are pleased to announce that last year’s Scholarship Program awarded over $100,000 to qualifying applicants.

The SSSF is establishing minimal guidelines for the selection procedure, thus allowing the final selection to be as simple as possible.

*NOTE – You must be a current and paid member of the SCTP or SASP national organization at the time of application submission! See details on how to complete your team registration here.

General Procedures: Each applicant must be a graduating senior within the year of the awarded scholarship and must be registered for college before the scholarship is awarded in that same year.• Applicant must have a minimum 3.0 cumulative Grade Point Average through the most recent grading period ending on or before April 1, 2020.

• Each prospective recipient must be registered as a full-time college student before the scholarship is awarded and must provide the name of the post-secondary college or community/ junior college to receive the scholarship proceeds. Each scholarship check will be mailed to the appropriate college in the student’s name by October 1, 2020. The scholarship funds are to be used for tuition.  This is a one-time, non-renewable scholarship.

• Applicants may not be in receipt of any “full” scholarship funds in order to qualify (i.e., athletics, military academy, academic, etc.).

• Applicants must have participated during 2019-2020 in one of their SCTP / SASP State Championships, National Championships, or regional events in Trap, Skeet, Sporting Clays, Olympic Bunker, Olympic Skeet Championships; Pistol or Rifle.

• Applicants must be able to complete all parts of the application packet:

Application / Personal Information Page:
•One Page Student Resume or School and Non-School Activities and Honors
•One Page Essay (see Essay Guidelines)
•Must attach current high school transcript or home school transcript!
Application Deadline (for the entire application packet): Midnight, April 19th, 2020
All Materials Must Be Received together as one packet by Deadline.  No exceptions!

SCTP National Team Members Compete at USA Shooting Nationals

Packing guns and homework, ten members of the SCTP National Team made their way to Colorado Springs last week for USA Shooting’s 2018 National Championships. Meredith Bernau, Heather Broski, Emilio Carvalho, Monica Dale, Peter Meola, Jack Olsen, and Matt Wells were on the ground first for the International Trap championships. The weather was mostly cooperative, and the trap scores reflected accordingly.

Junior Trap Women medalists: Victoria Hendrix, Gold; Ryann Phillips, Silver; Heather Broski, Bronze (Photo courtesy of USA Shooting)

Heather Broski, finishing third in the Junior Women’s final, attained a spot on the U.S. National Junior Team and will now wear a National Junior team vest. “The intent of the SCTP National Team is to prepare these athletes to take the next step to the national level. Heather has done that. I’m very proud of her performance in this match,” declared head coach Terri DeWitt. Emilio Carvalho posted a solid performance as well, narrowly missing the Junior Men’s final by one target. He did, however, take home a silver medal in men’s Class A.

Junior Skeet Women medalists: Katie Jacob, Gold; Gracin Anderson, Silver; Karsyn Ross, Bronze (Photo courtesy of USA Shooting)

In what came as no surprise to Skeet competitors, the weather took a dramatic turn for the worse during the second half of the competition. Gracin Anderson, Erin Lokke, and AJ Nomina battled for four days through gusting winds, freezing rain, and falling snow. “Even though conditions were tough, we adapted and fought through challenges that were not normal. I learned a lot this week and plan to use this experience to train for future events,” pledged Lokke.

SCTP National Team member, Erin Lokke

In spite of the weather conditions, Gracin Anderson secured herself a National Junior Team vest with her silver medal finish in junior Women’s Skeet. AJ Nomina and Erin Lokke both took home Skeet medals as well – Nomina a bronze in men’s Class B and Lokke a silver in women’s Class B.

SCTP National Team Named at International Championships

The 2018 Scholastic Clay Target Program International National Championships held at the International shooting park in Colorado Springs, CO. are officially in the record book!

Over 120 athletes competed in International Skeet as well as International Trap (Bunker Trap) over the 6 day event which started on July 22nd and ended July 27th.

This annual event takes place at the home grounds of USA Shooting on Ft. Carson Army base just south of Colorado Springs and is run with the help of USA Shooting and its staff. 43 Teams of athletes from 15 states showed up to try and take the International top honors with WI (25) and FL (13) leading the pack with the most athletes attending this years tournament by state!

Taking top senior division squad honors by 45 targets in international skeet was Union Grove Broncos (WI) scoring 275 led by Cole Hammond (99), Emily Rasmussen (92) and Aimee Spiering (84). Sauk County Youth Shooting Team (WI) was second at 230 with Joshua Corbin leading the way (109) along with squad mates Quin Schuppner (62) and Lucas Riberich (59). Third place went to Tampa Bay Clays (FL) at 218 with Brayden Sasser (80), Cody Sharp (77) and Austin Eastman (61). Top intermediate division squad honors in international skeet went to Sauk County Shooting Team with Riley Minette (76), Bo Schuppner (68) and Madeline Corbin (60).

The bunker trap senior title was taken by Tampa Bay Clays (FL) with a squad score of 329 fired by Jack Brosseau (118), Ryan Ledbetter (109) and Kevin Whitehead (102). Second place went to Minute Man Sharpshooters (MA) at 314 with Alexia Davos (107), Sean Cannistraro (105) and Kurtis Grover (102). Top collegiate division squad honors went to Grand View University (IA) with a 308 led by Hunter Anderson (107), Trenton Cheers (105) and Reese Howard (96). The intermediate squad title was captured by Sauk County Youth Shooting Team (WI) firing a 282 by Madeline Corbin(97), Riley Minette (95) and  Bo Schuppner (90).

All results with complete leaderboards are available on the SHOT System at: http://bit.ly/2MxfWem

“What a great tournament for our athletes competing in the International Disciplines!” said Tom Wondrash, SCTP’s National Director and tournament director. “The weather was fantastic and the support and help from USA Shooting was A+. I think the families and athletes had a great time and thoroughly enjoyed their time in Colorado Springs. Our staff along with SCTP National Team head coach, Terri DeWitt worked hard all week to provide an exceptional atmosphere for all that attended!”

The 2018/2019 SCTP National Team members were also chosen from the top placers in International Skeet and Bunker Trap, the new seasons team is as follows:

2019 SCTP International Skeet National Team
Gracin Anderson, TN
Emily Rasmussen, WI
Jay Bible, FL
Anthony Nomina, CO
Chris Freeman, MI
Joshua Corbin, WI
Erin Lokke, MN

2019 SCTP Bunker Trap National Team
Monica Dale WI
Heather Broski TN
Heather Argue TN
Jack Olsen CO
Peter Meola FL
Mathew Wells WI
Meredith Bernau WI
Emilio Carvalho CA

The SCTP National Team is a stepping stone for athletes wanting to take the Olympic path, the SCTP is the official youth program of USA Shooting and feeder program to Team USA.  National team members receive advanced coaching and support in the international clay target sports, a USA Shooting jacket, paid fall selection match fees and ammo, along with an SCTP National Team vest. National team slots are earned at each year’s SCTP International Nationals. The Scholastic Clay Target Program is the official youth shooting program to USA Shooting and provides a pipeline for future international shotgun competitors.

For more information on how to get involved with SCTP and the international disciplines of International Skeet and Bunker Trap, please contact any of the SCTP staff.

Photos courtesy USA Shooting.

Who Will Take Top Gun Honors in 2018?

The Scholastic Clay Target Program and Scholastic Action Shooting Program are excited to announce a new event at this year’s National Championships – the Top Gun Challenge.

Over the years we have watched the increase in athletes shooting multiple disciplines in both our programs at nationals. We 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 of nationals.

CZ-USA, a large sponsor of both SCTP and SASP heard us talking about wanting to start some kind of “Top Gun” competition and graciously offered to sponsor the top prize for the winner. CZ-USA will be donating a Shotgun, a Rifle and Pistol to SCTP/SASP and we will be awarding all three prizes to the High Overall Top Gun Challenge competitor.

With CZ’s support here is what we have come up with for the 2018 SCTP/SASP Nationals.

Top Gun Challenge Eligibility Criteria, Scoring and Prizes

  • Athletes wishing to compete in the Top Gun Challenge must be current team members in the Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) AND the Scholastic Action Shooting Program (SASP).
  • Athletes wishing to compete in the Top Gun Challenge must be pre-registered to shoot the following events at the 2018 National Championships:
    • 16 Yard Trap
    • Skeet
    • Sporting Clays
    • Rimifre Rifle (irons or optics)
    • Centerfire or Rimfire Pistol
  • Each athlete wishing to compete in the Top Gun Challenge must complete a registration form in person at either the SASP or SCTP registration desk located at the Cardinal Center Central Entry Building prior to competing in their first event. Athletes will then shoot all competition events as usual.
  • We will compile scores from your events and calculate the winners. Trap, Skeet and Sporting Clays is easy you will get the total number of birds you break in each discipline, so a possible 600 points. Since SASP is based on time and not total targets hit, it will be done a little differently. We will take all participants and rank both their rifle times and their pistol times fastest to slowest.
    • The fastest in each discipline will get 200, second place 199, third place 198 and so on down the line until everyone has a score.  We will add all those points together and the athlete with the most points out of the possible 1000 will win.
  • Every Athlete who competes in all the events and signs up, will receive a Top Gun Challenge challenge coin just for participating and showing your shooting stamina.

Prizes for Athletes Grade 12 and Under

  • 1st prize – CZ USA 612 Target Shotgun, CZ 75 SP01 Phantom Pistol and a 512 American Rifle
  • 2nd Prize – CZ Drake 12ga. Over/Under
  • 3rd Prize – Certificate for a GLOCK Pistol
  • 4th Prize – Mossberg Blaze .22 Rifle
  • 5th Prize – Case of Aguila shotgun shells and 1000 rounds of Federal Premium Hunter Match .22 ammo
  • 6th Prize – Walker’s electronic hearing protection, Certificate for XX2I glasses

Prizes for Collegiate Athletes

  • 1st Prize Mossberg Blaze .22 Rifle
  • 2nd Prize Certificate for XX2I Glasses
  • 3rd Prize Browning Range Bag
SCTP and SASP want to thank all of our sponsors for their support of our programs and the Top Gun Challenge!

Congratulations to 2018 Scholarship Recipients

Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation is proud to announce the 2018 recipients in its Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) and Scholastic Action Shooting Program (SASP) Scholarship Program. One hundred thirty three student athletes from 25 different states will receive scholarships totaling $83,300. From 2013 to date, SSSF has awarded nearly $400,000 in scholarship funds benefiting over 400 student athletes in the Scholastic Clay Target and Scholastic Action Shooting programs.

Athletes who are graduating from high school in 2018 and will enroll in college this year were eligible to apply for this year’s scholarships. Awards are based on SCTP/SASP participation, academics, need, essays and other factors. The scholarships are being funded by generous shooting industry sponsors, as well as supporters and donors who provide the SCTP with funds through national fundraising banquets.

Congratulations to the following 2018 Scholastic Action Shooting Program scholarship recipients:

StateNameSponsor
IAZachary HenryGLOCK
KYAustin ArnoldSASP
TNAnders RiderSASP
WIKiera WoodGLOCK
WITeagan RichmanSASP
WIEmily RasmussenTaurus

Congratulations to the following 2018 Scholastic Clay Target Program scholarship recipients:

StateName
AZHanna Hughes
AZKira Cornell Dean
AZCody Gill
AZLewis Aul
CALauren Hamada
CAWyatt Hambly
CAIsaac Smith
CAAlexander Ke
COMason Wolfe
CODalton Kirchhoefer
COBryon Baca
GACharles Toms
GAKevin Bandt
IADain Stolba
IABailey Beckman
IAAlexis Berte
IAAllison Pettinger
IABrooke Willson
IASydney Pierson
IADayton Harson
IAGarett Tierney
IASarah Jordan
IAStephanie Vipond
IATrenton Kruse
IAChristopher Mott
IAAshton Lamborn
IALucas Schmitz
IAJenna Kinch
IABailey Schmitz
IACaleb Williams
IAZachary Henry
IACole Baskerville
IAAugust Helgeson
IADayne Crouch
IANicole Breese
IACarter West
IAKyle Myers
IASloan Volkman
IAWillam Hurd
IAMichael Mohr
IACarl Preston
IARebecca Crawford
ILJesse Stevens
ILRyan St. Peters
ILIsaac Barnes
INJacob Eggebrecht
INSpencer Jordan
INTyler Eggert
MAAndrew Worringham
MAMeagan Wyson
MAAlexia Davos
MADevereux Marshall
MDChase Tyeryar
MIMegan Scholl
MIJoshua Bush
MNMegan Ringate
MNAustin Swan
MOTom Browne
NEAnna Denman
NMPatrick Lasher
OHJulia Horner
OHDerek Sinclair
OHCourtney Leszczynski
OHEugene Koczwara
OHQuinton Taylor
OHNolan Andrasik
OHKathryn Taylor
OHCarson Ledford
OHDavid Spradlin
OHMatthew Le Cras
PAMauren Mitchell
PADylan Henkins
PANathan Metzger
SCMary Gregory
SCBenjamin Tillman Kinney
SCAubrey Cromer
SCJessica Knox
SCTangie McFee
SCCarrie Haltiwanger
SCAbigail Milling
SDKjerstin Aspaas
TNJacob Pinson
TNAnastasia Zimmerman
TNEvan Fleet
TNTori Brown
TNJames Hartman
TNLauren Thomas
TNMikaela Messer
TNKincaid Gillespie
TXDakota Brown
TXCharles Buckin III
TXVictoria Scott
VAZachary Wells
WIZachary Becker
WIJack Meixelsperger
WILea Beckman
WISunny Rufsholm
WILaura Behr
WIAndrew Grady
WIMegan Cernohous
WIRebecca Reeves
WIJason Brewer
WIRiley Hammer
WIAimee Spiering
WIJosie McHugh
WIKorryn Clint
WIMatthew Bougie
WITy Flannery
WISteven Klika
WIWilliam Zajkowski
WIMatthew Wells
WIHarlan Schwanebeck
WIReed Miller
WIEthan Jensen
WIGeorge Carlo Clark
WISamuel Coates
WIEaston Meier
WINicholas Mader
WIEdie Keung
WIHunter Sadler
WIJordan Marvin
WICasey Lucas
WIAdam Hilger
WIMatthew Young
WISarah Schwacher
WIIan Walton
WYReese Romero

Hollywood Comes to the SCTP Nationals

For several months now, we’ve been working with some folks in the movie world who are interested in what we do here at the Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP).

I am very pleased to announce that at the 2018 SCTP National Championships being held at the Cardinal Shooting Center in Marengo, Ohio, they will begin filming a major motion picture that’s going to be the first of its kind in the clay shooting world!

This movie has a great story line and the SCTP staff, coaches and athletes will be featured throughout the show. We’ll be releasing more details over the next couple months but for now make your plans to be at this years National Championships in Marengo, Ohio July 14-21.

You never know, you might end up on the ‘big screen’!!

Check out the trailer on our YouTube channel and stay tuned, much more to come!

Tom Wondrash
SCTP National Director

SCTP Athlete Heads for World Championships

Contributed by Sarah Knapp with photos courtesy USA Shooting

Imagine being 19 years old and in a different country, standing on an awards podium flanked by two of the best skeet shooters in the world, watching the American flag rise while the national anthem plays in the background. Pride for your country, your team and yourself all swell inside you.

This is a dream Eli Christman, who is from Soddy-Daisy, Tennessee, never thought would come true until he found himself, along with teammates Nic Moschetti and Elijah Ellis, standing on the championship podium at the 2017 ISSF World Championships in Moscow, Russia. Christman, a member of Team USA Shooting at just 19 years old, has accomplished what many shooters could only dream of doing: representing the United States in countries across the world and bringing home championship titles.

When describing his experience of being a part of the U.S. Junior Team that earned the team bronze in Moscow, Christman was at a loss for words. He said it was a moment unlike any other and the most rewarding moment of his shooting career. The raw emotions flooding through him described the moment perfectly.

“Honestly that is the most… It’s one of the most… I was filled with the most pride when I was in Russia and our country’s flag was being raised on the pole, and you got to hear the United States National Anthem. There were so many other countries there, but yet ours was the one being played and you were one of the few wearing the colors… It was a very humbling experience,” Christman said.

Christman, who competes in International Skeet (I-Skeet), began shooting when he was a freshman at Soddy-Daisy High School in Soddy-Daisy, Tennessee. However, now a freshman at Martin Methodist College in Pulaski, Tennessee, he has been shooting I-Skeet for only two years.

When Christman began shooting, he did not know that he could even make Team USA or eventually compete at the Olympics. However, a chance encounter with Team USA and two-time Olympic gold medalist shooter Vincent Hancock at the 2015 SCTP National Championships in Sparta, Illinois, inspired him to give I-Skeet a try. He now competes with Hancock on Team USA, whom he has looked up to since they met in 2015.

“I was late in the game as far as competition-wise. Most people start when they are a bit younger than I was. I didn’t start shooting international skeet competitively until I was a junior in high school. I was rather old for not knowing what I was doing to begin with, so I had to make a lot of progress in order to get my in,” Christman said.

If his championship titles were not proof enough of his abilities, Christman has earned his place on Team USA three times now. He first received a nomination for the team after winning the silver medal at the 2017 National Junior Olympics in Colorado Springs. The same summer he medaled at the Junior Nationals and then made the Junior World Team in 2017. All three instances earned him a spot on Team USA.

“I was ecstatic. I knew going into the tournament that was on the line; of course I wasn’t focusing on that, but I knew very well that that was the goal of the tournament. That was the goal of everyone there shooting,” Christman said.

“[Team USA] was one of the main things I wanted from the very beginning. Even in the beginning, I really wanted to be a part of a team to just have that sense of pride in your country. That meant a lot to me.”

While most members of Team USA live in different states, the camaraderie when the members shoot together is unlike anything else, Christman said. Team USA gives “the opportunity to go travel places and shoot tournaments in different places and experiences to help you grow as an athlete,” he said.

Even as a freshman in college, Christman manages to dedicate time for both Team USA and the Martin Methodist Clay Target team, as well as himself to his education. A nursing major, Christman is determined to be a specialist in the medical field. Even being on two shooting teams on which he travels internationally through the school year, he has maintained a 3.98 GPA. Christman says it’s a challenge at times, but time management is the key to balancing his extracurricular activities.

“That’s just Eli,” said Dylan Owens, a fellow competitor and friend.

Emma Williams, a fellow Martin Methodist and Team USA shooter, has seen firsthand how Eli has improved and dedicated himself to the sport.

“Eli has improved not only as an athlete, but a person as well since we began shooting together. He is an outstanding shot and continues to improve and work on himself every day,” Williams said.

“He always pushes me to do my best and to train as hard as I can. He is one of the hardest working people that I’ve met, and that pushes me to work even harder so I can keep up with him.”

Christman trains six days a week for multiple hours to prepare for his upcoming tournaments and makes sure he is the best shooter he can possibly be. Focusing on putting himself in a tournament mindset, Christman treats every practice as if he is in final shoot-offs, which have become the most important events of his tournaments.

“If you can make it into the top 6 [of a tournament], it pretty much is up to the 60 targets in the finals. You have 60 targets to make it or break it, so that is what I am focusing on here lately.”

Christman will compete in the 2018 World Championships in Changwon, South Korea, in September and Porpetto, Italy, on the Junior Team in preparation for the 2020 Olympics.

“Tokyo 2020 is the goal,” Christman said.

Christman shoots a Krieghoff K-80, which he connected with immediately. Throughout the many guns he has shot during his career, Christman said the K-80 just clicked with him.

Sydney Carson, also a fellow Martin Methodist and Team USA shooter, said that shooting with Christman has made her a better shooter in many ways. His sportsmanship on and off the range pushes her to improve herself.

“Eli is the kind of person who will always help you better yourself. Whether it be in training, competition, school, or even just striving to be a better person, he is always setting a great example.”

Chad Whittenburg, head coach of the Martin Methodist Clay Target team, believes Christman will continue to succeed in the shooting sports no matter where he goes.

“The sky is the limit for this young man. He has the drive, the passion, the resources, the coaching and the environment to achieve any goal he sets. I have no doubt we will see him as an Olympian one day.”

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