Over 1,000 SCTP Athletes Compete In Last Competitor Standing

One of the highlights of Nationals week for SCTP athletes is the opportunity to compete in a massive Last Competitor Standing (i.e. "Annie Oakley") event that gives them the opportunity to win guns, gear, and even a scholarship. In this miss-and-out fun competition, up to 30 athletes per trap field try to eliminate each other by capitalizing on the previous competitor's misses. Over 500 athletes competed each evening. The event has two components on each of two nights: a competition for anyone who wishes to compete, with men’s and ladies winners taking home guns and other prizes, followed by a competition just for 2017 graduating seniors who competed for $1,000 scholarships presented by the NRA. Last Competitor Standing - Wednesday LADIES Victoria Hendrix AZ Ben Avery Sarah Schwacker WI Waterford Wolverines Molly Olson WI Flyway Clay Slayers Jessica Strasser WI Waterford Wolverines Kiera Wood WI Hudson Raiders Mikaela Leach WI Ozaukee Scholastic Shooting Morgan Clark WI Flyway Clay Slayers Zoe Goodwin KY Northern Kentucky Top Guns MEN Austin Jacob OH Greene County F&G Andrew Troje IA North Scott Trap Team Riley Hasler WI Waterford Wolverines Thomas Keeshan IA North Scott Trap Team Blake Conrad MN Lakers Trap Team Eyan Marx WI Flyway Clayslayers Aaron Copelan GA Lake Oconee Shotgun Team Jordan Persinger WI Hudson Raiders COLLEGE Tyler Bong WI Flyway Clayslayers Brennan Kamer KY Northern Kentucky STC Ladies NRA $1,000 Scholarship Sarah Villarreal NE Marian High School Mens NRA $1,000 Scholarship Austin Jacob OH Greene County F&G Last Competitor Standing - Friday LADIES Erin Lautzenheiser OH North Lawrence Claybusters Harley Graves TN T-County Claybusters Lauren Hartwein MO Gateway Claybusters Chloe Uhlenhake WI BHS Demons Sabrina Peterson IL St. Charles Shot Crew Grace Marlen MO Team Henges Morgan Clark WI Flyway Clayslayers Kaylinn Wilken WI BHS Demons MENS Tyler Regner WI BHS Demons Brian Baca CO Rocky Mountain Claybusters Zachary Hanson WI Central Falcons William Browning IA North Lawrence Claybusters Josh Muellenbach WI BHS Demons Hunter Block IA North Scott Trap Team Jack Schoepke WI BHS Demons Thomas Keeshan IA North Scott Trap Team COLLEGE Danielle Greene PA Evans City Taya Bower MI Straight Shooters Ladies NRA $1,000 Scholarship Chloe Sterner PA Mason Dixon Claybusters Mens NRA $1,000 Scholarship Hunter Conrad WI Central Falcons

Come Meet and Learn From Max Michel – Presented by Sig Sauer

Come meet and learn from Max Michel – Sig Sauer! All action shooting enthusiasts attending the 2017 National Championships at the Cardinal Shooting Center in Marengo, OH are invited to attend a unique learning opportunity presented by Sig Sauer. Clinic times are Thursday, July 13 at 11:00AM and 3:00PM and Friday, July 14 at 10:00AM at the action shooting range. Max is the IPSC World Champions with six International team gold medals, a world-renowned firearms trainer and runs the Max Michel Training Academy. Max holds the current Guinness Book of World Records title for speed shooting. A former member of the Army Marksmanship Unit, Max spent ten years in the U.S. Army. Max is the only person in history to win all of the USPSA Area championships in the same season. Watch the video of Max's Guinness Book of World Records.

Join The Crowd at The Ladies Charity Skeet Classic

c9a6298f-37a4-4726-9b9d-4e32d475a08fThe SSSF is looking forward to the upcoming Ladies Charity Skeet Classic, Friday, April 28- Sunday, April 30, at Memphis Sport Shooting Association in Arlington, TN. The weekend of friendly competition and fun will also include a dinner, auction, and raffle on Saturday evening, with proceeds from all weekend events going to support the SSSF and the SCTP and SASP Programs. 61ef3a4e-d487-44bd-8979-931c5daca1b7 Everyone is invited to participate in the raffle/auction and dinner, which starts at 6:00 p.m. Dinner on Friday and Saturday evening is free for competitors; donation of $10, each, is requested for all others. Some of the auction items will include: Blaser F16 Shotgun, Promatic Trap Machine, Krieghoff Apparel, ESP Hearing Devices, Shooting Glasses, items from Ruger, Glock... and more! Pre-registration is encouraged for the Ladies skeet events, and there will be special prizes for the SCTP lady members in the 12 ga event on Saturday. Pre-registration is not required for the side events, and re-entry is encouraged.   LCSC SCHEDULE: Friday Afternoon: Doubles Saturday, Rotation A: 9:30am (12 ga.) & 1:00pm (28 ga.) Saturday, Rotation B: 11:00am & 2:30pm Sunday, Rotation A: 11:00am (20 ga.) & 2:30 (.410) Sunday, Rotation B: 9:30am & 1:00pm   LCSC SIDE EVENTS: Covey Flush:  Sponsored by Promatic Skeet as God Intended: SXS or Pumps low gun delayed pull – Sponsored by Double Guns of Nashville Open to all. Loaner guns available. Pistol Challenge: Sponsored by GLOCK Men’s .410 Event 6 Birds, Bragging rights & prizes!   To register, call or text 404-456-8287, or email Gunclubprincess@yahoo.com Please pass the word, and bring a lady shooter friend with you!

Not So Fast…Wisconsin Beats Tennessee

Tennessee might have the largest number of shotgun shooters here at the SCTP Nationals, but over on the pistol and rifle ranges, where they’re competing in the Scholastic Action Shooting Program Nationals, it’s a different story. The Badger State overtook Tennessee as the top state in terms of shooter participation, edging out their rivals from the south with 19.8% of the shooters hailing from Wisconsin compared to 19.5% coming from Tennessee. It might be a narrow margin of victory but a win is a win. SSSF-16 Top 5 SASP States

Annie Get Your Gun, You Too Taylor

SSSF-Thu-Taylor-1Participation by women - in this case perhaps girls - here in at the SCTP and SASP National Championships is, well, high. Girls account for nearly 1 in every 5 shooters with 19.3% of the total. By sport the numbers are more interesting. In the shotgun sports of SCTP the girls make up 17.7% of the shooters. But when it comes to the pistol and rifle sports of SASP, girls are now 30.7% of the total shooters. 2016 Gender Participation One of those girls helping to drive up participation is 11-year-old Taylor Diener of the Union Grove Shooting Club in Wisconsin. Taylor started shooting trap two years ago and just this past March made the leap into rimfire rifle competition in preparation for this year’s SASP Nationals. On the range she’s hard to miss, unless of course she’s surrounded by a cluster of adults who all tower over her. Cute and confident she seems totally unfazed by either the flood of attention given to young new shooters like her or the pressure of competing at the national level. Even when her rifle magazine has a feeding issue, a world ending disaster in the minds of many competitive shooters racing the timer, Taylor calmly keeps working the action and pulling the trigger. A lot of the young shooters, and several of the young girls shooting, demonstrate this same poise under pressure. And after, rather than voice any frustration or disappointment, Taylor focuses on the future, as in next year when she plans to add doubles trap, maybe sporting clays and even rimfire pistol to her shooting schedule. No wonder participation by girls - and of course women - continues to grow in the shooting sports.

First!

SSSF-Blog-First-1Add the name Jacob McInturff to the history books of the Cardinal Center in Marengo, Ohio. The 18-year-old shooter from Johnson City, Tennessee, had not broken 100 straight in skeet in a few years but that didn’t seem to phase him as he took to the brand new skeet fields and ran not just 100, but 200 straight, ensuring his place in the history books as the first shooter to do so here at the facility. Earlier in the competition Raymond Nagro of Gurnee, Illinois left his own mark as he claimed the honor of being the first shooter to run 100 straight. McInturff is here with the Unaka Shooters and back home is a regular on the skeet fields at the Unaka Rod & Gun Club where is he frequently outguns his elders. They sometimes resort to a little good humored gamesmanship to get in McInturff’s head, hoping to throw him off his game. Sometimes it works, and sometimes, the young shooter admits, he gives as good as he gets. When it comes to head-to-head competition club members might not be pulling for McInturff to win, but when it comes to representing the club in the Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP), there is no mistaking their support. “They’ve been very good to the team,” says Mark McInturff who is both Jacob’s father and the team’s coach. When the senior McInturff talks about the Unaka Rod & Gun Club it's clear how much he and the team appreciate the support they get. It's support he hopes to repay with future leaders. McInturff  sees SCTP not simply as a youth shooting program but also as a training ground to develop and prepare young men and women to someday take over the management of their home shooting clubs, and eventually return to the SCTP Nationals with new shooters and new teams. This long term view probably explains why the current Unaka Rod & Gun Club president jokingly refers to Jacob as the 'future club president.' For now though, he’s just the guy sitting atop the leader board with the only perfect 200 score in skeet...and he's OK with it staying that way through the rest of the championship.

2016 National Championships Program Now Available Online

The SSSF National Championships will be here soon, July 9-16, at the Cardinal Shooting Center in Marengo, Ohio. We expect this year’s tournament to be similar to 2015, with approximately 3,000 competitors, plus almost 10,000 coaches, parents, grandparents, siblings, and other spectators during championship week. This event is, of course, the culmination and the celebration of all the hard work put forth all season long by our athletes, coaches, parents, and state advisors. And the hard work is continuing even now as final preparations are being made, including the final touches on our 2016 event program. Check out the program, HERE, to see the schedule of events... or to see what you might be missing if you don't attend.  (We will have print copies available at the shoot.) CoverPhoto

Coaches Earn Credentials During the Wisconsin NRA Level 1 Coaches Class

Nineteenimage004 (1) coaches earned their NRA coaching credentials during the National Rifle Association’s (NRA) Level 1 Coaches Class hosted by the Daniel Boone Conservation League in Wisconsin on February 6-7, 2016. The Shooting Coach Program is a cooperative effort of the NRA, USA Shooting, and the Civilian Marksmanship Program.  The NRA Level 1 Pistol Coaches Class now includes action shooting as one of the disciplines.  The Scholastic Action Shooting Program (SASP) is the model for action shooting. The additional ccoach classoaches were needed to address the huge growth several of the Wisconsin teams have experienced since last year.  One team actually has grown from 15 last year to 50 this year and that growth was seen even before the new rifle program was announced.  Congratulations new coaches and good luck on a successful season with your athletes. The next pistol coaches’ class on the schedule is in Plymouth, Michigan, April 2 & 3, 2016.  Are you looking to host a coaches’ class in your area? Contact SASP Director of Development Rick Leach at rleach@sssfonline.com.

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