Author: SSSF Staff

SCTP and SPP Make History with National Championships

More than 2500 young shooters, along with thousands of coaches, family members, and supporters, descended upon the World Shooting and Recreational Complex in Sparta, Ill. last week for the largest youth shooting event ever held, the SCTP and SPP National Championships. The July 14-19 event saw significant increases in virtually every metric over 2013's record-setting Nationals. In the SCTP event alone, competitors shot 715,000 targets, a 35% increase over last year. Shooters from 175 SCTP teams came from 26 states. SPP also saw its own increases. In only its second Junior/Senior National Championship, SPP experienced an increase of 62% in participant numbers, hosting 326 shooters representing 39 teams from 15 states. Earlier this year, SPP hosted a separate Collegiate National Championship with close to 100 shooters from 24 squads.

See National Championship Scores and Results

With the largest contingency of shooters, Trap had almost 1900 participants, a 19% increase. A total of 736 shooters shot Skeet for a 29% growth, and the 677 Sporting Clays shooters represented a 30% increase. Of the 2180 SCTP shooters, 1818 were male and 361 female. "An event of this magnitude could only take place so successfully with a great deal of hard work and dedication from our student athletes, coaches, parents, team volunteers, and our own staff," said Ben Berka, President and Executive Director of the Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation (SSSF), which powers SCTP and SPP. "We are especially grateful to our many sponsors and benefactors who make it possible for us to create an unforgettable experience for our athletes. We also owe kudos to the World Shooting and Recreational Complex, a remarkable venue that hosted our thousands of shooters and spectators with ease. We look forward to hosting our 2015 National Championships there."

SPP Shooters Win Valuable Prizes at Nationals

Not only did each Scholastic Pistol Program shooter take home more than $60 in goodies supplied by our sponsors, but many of the shooters and squads also won valuable prizes in random drawings throughout the SPP Junior/Senior National Championships. Among the more than $16,000 in prizes given away were PARA USA pistols, Beretta Neos pistols, Glock pistols, a Mossberg .22 LR rifle, a Browning Buckmark pink pistol, Americase pistol cases, Brownells shooting accessories, NextLevel training pistol, Blade Tech knives and holsters, products from Otis Technology, gift certificates from XS Sights, Atlanta Arms, Tactical Solutions, and GT Targets, and much more. See the SPP Nationals Prizes and Winners.

How to Get Photos from the National Championships

Those of you at the National Championships last week saw our photographers shooting photos on the ranges, at awards ceremonies, and pretty much wherever something was happening. Many of you asked how you could have access to those photos. We are still working our way through the volume of photos but will soon have them posted online where you can view them. You will be welcome to download any of those photos and may print or share them in social media. (This will not include the photos you may have arranged to have Elite Images shoot for you.) Photos posted online will be compressed into smaller sizes, but some of the photos will be available in a larger size. Once all the photos are sorted and posted, we will give you information in this space about how you may view them and request high-resolution digital versions. We will not offer printed photos. In the meantime, you can view the photos posted thus far on our Facebook pages. Keep checking back, as we will be posting hundreds more over the next several days. Any you see there may be downloaded for your personal use. By the way, you do not have to have a Facebook account to view our pages.
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Black t-shirt

Get Your Nationals T-shirts

You left Sparta without buying an official event t-shirt, or you liked them so much you want one in another color -- or even if you missed the event but don't want to miss the t-shirt -- no worries! The Great Outdoors Company at the WSRC still has a limited supply of shirts available. Black t-shirtThe black shirt has the full, colorful design on the back, with the World Shooting and Recreational Complex logo on the front left chest. WSRC logoBlack t-shirts are available in Small, Medium, Large, XL, 2XL, and 3XL. The other t-shirt style has the entire event design on the front and is offered in four colors in the sizes indicated:
    SCTP t-shirtHeather Blue - Small, Large Heather Green - Small, Medium, Large, XL Heather Pink - Small, Medium, Large, XL Heather Coral - Small, XL
Price for the t-shirts is $15.99 each with free shipping in the contiguous 48 states. For credit card orders, call The Great Outdoors Company at 888-529-5130.
Krieghoff K-80

Dan Rex Is Krieghoff K-80 Winner

Krieghoff K-80 Congratulations to Dan Rex of Audubon, Penn., drawn as winner of the Krieghoff Vintage Scroll K-80 shotgun worth more than $20,000. The drawing was held last Saturday night during the National Championships. Raffle tickets for the gun drawing were sold for $50 each to raise money for the SSSF Scholarship Fund. SCTP and SPP teams also had the opportunity to sell the tickets to earn endowment funds. Our congratulations to Mr. Rex!
Brenda Potterfield

Potterfields Visit with Shooters at Nationals

Larry and Brenda Potterfield
Brenda Potterfield, far left, and Larry Potterfield, far right, accepted gifts including school letter sweaters from the Marian High School and Creighton Prep Trap Team from Omaha, Neb.
Larry and Brenda Potterfield, founders and owners of MidwayUSA and founders of the MidwayUSA Foundation, spent last Thursday at the World Shooting and Recreational Complex with SCTP and SPP shooters, touring the National Championship event and even taking time to shoot a round of trap with three lucky SCTP competitors. Anticipating the visit, many teams brought along autographed photos, cards, and other gifts -- including a pair of letter sweaters -- to express their appreciation for the Potterfields' generosity to SSSF programs.
Brenda Potterfield
L-R, Brenda Potterfield, Kalee Lancour of Burlington High School Demons (WI), and Chase Rich of Jefferson County 4-H Patriot Shooters (TN). Kalee and Chase,along with Zachary Wells of the Ft. Lee Dusters (VA), had the privilege of shooting a round of trap with the Potterfields.
The Potterfields watched teams shoot, talked with shooters and coaches, posed for photos, and demonstrated the warmth and interest in young shooters for which they are known. SSSF also had a presentation to Larry and Brenda, a pair of hand-engraved leather shooting bags, in recognition of their being named "Founding Life Diamond Members" of the Champion’s Roundtable, which recognizes donors who have made major contributions to our mission. They are also Charter Members of the SSSF Legacy Society, which honors our donors who have included SSSF in their estate plans through deferred gifts. See more photos on our SCTP Facebook page and SPP page.

Coach Joe Meis Death

On behalf of the Scholastic Pistol Program / Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation, we are saddened to announce the death of longtime SSSF supporter Joe Meis. Joe was on his way to the SPP Nationals in Sparta, IL on July 19 and was involved in an automobile accident. Joe was one of the founding coaches of the Arnold Junior Shooters (Missouri) SPP and SCTP teams. He also assisted many other teams in the area. "Joe was greatly respected in the Eastern Missouri/Western Illinois shooting family and was responsible for several generations of shooters," said Scott Moore, SPP Director. "We are very grateful for all he gave to youth shooting sports. He will be missed."

Win a GLOCK Pistol in SPP Raffle

glock You can win a GLOCK pistol in our Scholastic Pistol Program raffle this week at the SPP Junior/Senior National Championships! The winner will receive a certificate that's good for your choice of a G17 / 17Gen4, G19 / 19Gen4, G26 / 26Gen4, G22 / 22Gen4, G23 / 23Gen4, G27 / 27Gen4, G32 / 32Gen4, or G22 / 33Gen4. Tickets for the GLOCK raffle are 1 for $5, 3 for $10, or 7 tickets for $20. You may purchase tickets at the Cowboy House office building located at the pistol range. The drawing will be held on Saturday, July 19.

Important Information for 2014 SSSF / NRA All-Scholastic Team

To honor our 2014 SSSF / NRA All-Scholastic Team, SSSF is hosting a reception on Tuesday, July 15 at 6:00 p.m. at the Main Events Building (room 143 and 144) at the World Shooting and Recreational Complex in Sparta, IL during the SSSF National Championships. You will be recognized and will receive your certificate, patch, and pin. We welcome your parents and/or coach to accompany you to the reception. If you would like to attend, R.S.V.P. to Jennifer Rumpf,, with a head-count no later than Monday, July 14 at 5:00 p.m. If you are unable to attend, your certificate, patch, and pin will be mailed to you at the address listed on your application.
All-Scholastic Team

2014 SSSF / NRA All-Scholastic Team Announced

The Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation and National Rifle Association (NRA) are pleased to announce the 2014 SSSF / NRA All-Scholastic Team, which recognizes SCTP and SPP athletes meeting high standards in both shooting and academics. To be considered for the All-Scholastic Team, SCTP and SPP athletes were required to have a 3.0 grade point average in the 2013-2014 school year, meet shooting qualifications of 190/200 SCTP targets in a competition in the current season or achieve a match score of 75 seconds or less in SPP, and have letters of recommendation.
All-Scholastic Team
A standing-room-only crowd of All-Scholastic Team honorees, SSSF Scholarship recipients, their coaches, and parents attended a reception in their honor during the SCTP-SPP National Championships. All-Scholastic Team athletes received a certificate, patch, and pin.
“The Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation promotes youth development and well-rounded student athletes through our SCTP and SPP programs, and this is just another way we like to recognize our athletes for performance on the range AND in the classroom,” said Ben Berka, SSSF Executive Director. The student athletes being named to the SSSF / NRA All-Scholastic Team are:

Scholastic Clay Target Program

John Hallada
John Hallada, right, of Michigan receives his certificate from SSSF Executive Director Ben Berka.
  • Aaron Wilson, Kansas City Crushers
  • Abby Hooper, Unaka Shooters
  • Abigail Stoner, Team Henges
  • Alicia Dale, Wilmont Panthers
  • Andrew Meier, Bolton High Trap
  • Andrew Wilson, McKenzie Shooting Sports 
  • Andy Campbell, Unaka Shooters
  • Anthony Simon, Team Henges 
  • Austin Ainsworth, Bolton Trap team
  • Austin Brown, Southern Shooting Sports
  • Austin Jacob, Buckeye Chippewa Trapshooting Club 
  • Ben Moyer,Alton Wood river
  • Benjamin Kintner, The Rangers
  • Benjamin Schroeder, Central Falcons
  • Blake Horner, Chippewa Trapshooting Club 
  • Brad Mcfarlane, Jefferson County 4-H
  • Brandon Kade, Flat River Conservation Club
  • Braxton Rider, McKenzie Shooting Sports 
  • Brent Older, Buckeye Chippewa Trapshooting Club
  • Caleb Miller, Wildcat Trap Team
  • Cameron Cernuska, Hunting Hills Hawkeyes 
  • Cameron Mehmken, Allen High School
  • Cannon Lamb, Hoodlum Alley Claybusters
  • Carah-Beth Maddux,Haywood Young Guns
  • Carlos Bailey II, Oak Tree Junior Claybreakers
  • Carson Ledford, Buckeye Chippewa Trapshooting Club 
  • Cecilia Young, Team Henges
  • Christopher Jensen, California Jr. Claybreakers
  • Colton Evans, Sandy Cross SCTP 
  • Connor Simmons, St. Charles Sportman's Shot Crew
  • Connor West, Nashua Fish and Game Club
  • Conrad Cunningham, Oskaloosa Shooting Team 
  • Dalton Dyer, McKenzie Shooting Sports 
  • Dana Bonney, Gateway Gun Club Youth Shooters
  • Daniel Proben, Buckeye Chippewa Trapshooting Club
  • Elizabeth Burks, McKenzie Shooting Sports 
  • Ethan Boyer, Wildcat Trap Team
  • Ethan Kaufman, Kosko Dust Devils
  • Ethan Vinyard, Wildcat Trap
  • Garrett Percer, Bolton Trap Team 
  • Grace Hambuchen, Central Arkansas Shotgun Team
  • Griffin Black, Bolton Trap Team 
  • Gunner Hall, Bead Deamons
  • Hunter Rowland, Eagleville Clay Target Team
  • Isabelle Worrall, Charles City High School Trap Shooting
  • Jack Belding, North Macomb Eagles 
  • Jack Koury, Team Henges 
  • Jacob Casey, Carroll County Longspurs
  • Jacob Harrison, Badin Clay Busters
  • Jacob McInturff, Unaka Shooters
  • Jacob Wilson, Arnold Junior Shooters 
  • Jake Gardner, Freedom Fire Shooting Sports
  • Jay Bunn, Tampa Bay Clays
  • Jeffrey Casey, Carroll County Longspurs
  • Jill Harmston, Carroll County Longspurs
  • Joel Proben, Buckeye Chippewa Trapshooting Club
  • John Hallada, Flat River Conservation Club
  • John McRae, Wilmont Shooting Team
  • John Zeitler II, Wilmont Panthers
  • Jonathon Saul, Brookline Top Shots 
  • Joseph Golden, Jefferson Co 4-H Patriot Shooters
  • Joseph Leonard, Wildcat Trap Team
  • Joseph Polacek, Buckeye Chippewa Trapshooting Club
  • Josh Dintleman, Gateway Claybusters 
  • Josh Gallaway, Wildcat Trap Team
  • Justin Scarlett, 4-H Patriots
  • Kaden Waack, Marquoketa Cardinals Varsity  
  • Keaton Clark, Wildcat Trap
  • Kennedy Loveday, Jefferson County 4-H
  • Kole Loveday, Jefferson County 4-H
  • Kramer Ennis, Gateway Claybusters 
  • Kyle Goke,Trousdale Trap Team
  • Kyle Lazarski, Team Henges 
  • Lake Heaton, Oskaloosa Shooting Team
  • Landon Cremeens, Gateway Gun Club
  • Lawrence Cooper, Bolton Trap Team
  • Luke Heinzen
  • Luke Schlesselman, Oskaloosa Shooting Team
  • Matthew Davis, St. Joe County Straight Shooters
  • Max Weiser, Team Henges 
  • Michael Adkins, Buckeye Chippewa Trapshooting Club
  • Mitchell Box, Gateway Gun Club
  • Morgan Goette, Brookline Top Shots 
  • Nathan Patterson, Kansas City Crushers
  • Ned Stabnick, Fin Fur & Feathers Club of Wesley
  • Nicholas Koury, Team Henges
  • Nicholas Ostrander, Grand Blanc High School  
  • Nolan Loughry, Chippewa Youth Trap Shooting Club
  • Norm Hezlep, The Rangers
  • Olivia Stecker, Gateway Claybusters
  • Peyton Deane, Bolton Trap Team
  • Phillip Segner, Allen Eagles Competitive Shooting Team
  • Robert Cornell, FRCC Flat River Conservation Club
  • Ryan Patterson, Hoodlum Alley Claybusters
  • Sam Carson, Kosko Dust Devils
  • Sam Fowler
  • Sam Lama, Centerburg Youth Shooting Sports
  • Sean Laurent, Arnold Junior Shooters
  • Shane Marshall, Chippewa Trapshooting
  • Shelby Evans, Sandy Cross SCTP 
  • Thomas Bernard, Arnold Junior Shooters 
  • Trey Stephens, Gateway Gun Club
  • Tricia Cook, Gateway Claybusters 
  • Tristian Fenwick, Bolton Trap Team
  • Ty Harmston, Carroll County Longspurs
  • Tyler Fix, Buckeye Chippewa Trapshooting Club
  • Tyler Taylor, Ben Avery Clay Crushers
  • Tyler Yost, California Jr. Claybreakers
  • Warren Scott, Allen Eagles Competitive Shooting Team
  • Will Singleton, Tampa Bay Clays
  • William Faeth, Ft. Madison Clay Crushers

Scholastic Pistol Program

  • Anders Rider, McKenzie Shooting Sports
  • Benjamin Kokotovich, Arlington Junior Shooters 
  • Brandi Stroud, Red Dawn Junior Marksmanship Academy
  • Brian Hiltunen, Target Busters
  • Daniel Busch, Arnold Junior Shooters 
  • Dylan Bray, Red Dawn Junior Marksmanship Academy
  • Harold Monical, Red Dawn Junior Marksmanship Academy 
  • Holden Perez, South Texas Shooters
  • Hunter Reiley, South Texas Shooters
  • John Cuyler Burton, Texas A&M Corps of Cadets
  • John Newman
  • Katherine Loida, Arnold Junior Shooters 
  • Katherine Yee, Arnold Junior Shooters 
  • Kyle Post, Red Dawn Raiders
  • Max Schroeder, WWCCA
  • Sierra Martin, Texas A&M Corps of Cadets
  • Tara Steffen, Wilmont Shooting Club
  • William Hall, Red Dawn JMA
  • Zachary Williams

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