Local clay shooters fare well at state level
Earlier this summer, students from the Dugger Union Clay Shooters had some success.
Program coordinator Tim Goldman said the trap team, featuring students from eight schools, competes in the Scholastic Clay Target Program.
“We went to the SCTP championship shoot at the Indiana Gun Club at Indianapolis in June,” said Goldman. “Our rookie team — elementary age — got first and won the state.
“Our intermediate team — middle school age — also were state champs. Our JV team finished second.”
The contest included shooting 100 clay pigeons and the attempt to get as many as a team.
He added that he was proud of the kids for doing so well because it was their first time at state.
“The kids worked hard and they are talented shooters,” said Goldman. “They shoot a lot of shells.
“They’ve just got the knack.”
He also said the rookie and intermediate teams had to deal with high winds and pouring rain.
Students from Linton, Jasonville, North Central, White River Valley, Carlisle, Graysville, Sullivan and one home school student also participates.
He said that Indiana Youth Shooting Sports Foundation, Midway USA Foundation, Friends of NRA and Shooting USA put in millions of dollars for youth shooting sports.
“Youth shooting gets a lot of support,” said Goldman. “
Adam Deckard led Dugger Union with a score of 92 out of 100.
High school female shooter Ashley Blevins made 54 out of 100.
Those who participated in the state competition included Samual McCammon, Briar May, Cooper May, Jackson Trimble, Miranda Compton, Zack Weir, Jayden Dale, Dylan Jerrell, Lane Deckard, Adam Deckard and Blevins.
Mike May, Scott Stanton and Mike Fulford served as coaches.
Kolten Shipman and Kallee Williams were unable to participate at state while Luke Powers is a new team member, Goldman said.
Goldman wanted to thank Goose Pond Lodge and Retreat, Carlisle Conservation Club, Spencer Conservation Club, Vincennes Gun Club, Oaktown Gun Club and Sullivan Conservation Club.
Goldman said new shooters can contact him at (812) 887-3397 or visit Dugger Union Clay Shooters on Facebook for more information.