Crimson Trace

August 4, 2017 |
Carlinville Clay Busters Rookies Take Trap National Title

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Carlinville Clay Busters of Illinois won the Trap title in the Rookie Division during competition at the 2017 Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) National Team Championships.

The Clay Busters combined for a total 812 clay targets, out of 1,000, and were led by Hannah Lyons of Carlinville with 171, followed by Kyle Coats of Carrollton with 170, Michael McWhorter of Roodhouse with 169, Kaleb Wieties of Carlinville with 152 and Logan Lawton of Palmyra with 150.

Held July 8-15 at the Cardinal Shooting Center in Marengo, Ohio, more than 2,300 athletes representing 29 states faced over one million clay targets during eight days of competition in the shooting disciplines of Trap, Skeet and Sporting Clays.

Second place with 802 target went to the Moulton Gun Club Youth Shooters or Ohio. The team was led by Jordan Landin of Fort Jennings with 177, followed by Seth Finke of Coldwater with 168, Kole Kuenning of St. Marys with 166, Brayden Hoehn of St. Marys with 157 and Corbyn Suchland of St. Marys with 134.

The North Lawrence Claybusters of Ohio took third with 774. Olivia Shane of Mogadore was the squad's top shooter with 178, followed by Jacob Durieux of New Franklin with 155, William Carmichael of Dalton with 151, Morgan Kunkle of Clinton with 149 and Meghan Mckean of Barberton with 141.

Rounding out the top five were the McKenzie Shooting Sports Caba Canes of Tennessee in fourth with 752. The Caba Canes were led by Nickey Bowers of Dresden with 169, followed by Tanner Floyd of Greenfield with 168, Jacob Jackson of Henry with 157, Drew Smith of Lavinia with 142 and Ethan Harwell of McKenzie with 116.

Fifth place went to the Golden Eagle squad of Illinois. The team broke a total of 726 targets and were led by Walker Kallal of Jerseyville with 153, followed by Wyatt Sibley of Kampsville with 150, Cole Robeen of Hardin with 143, Luke Brannan of Hamburg and Hunter Garrett of Hardin with 140 each.

The Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) is a youth development program in which adult coaches and other volunteers use the shooting sports of Trap, Skeet and Sporting Clays, as well as the Olympic disciplines of Bunker Trap, Trap Doubles and International Skeet to teach and to demonstrate sportsmanship, responsibility, honesty, ethics, integrity, teamwork, and other positive life skills. Nationally, there are nearly 14,800 students and more than 3,300 adult volunteers across 45 states participating in the Scholastic Clay Target Program.

The Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation, Inc. (SSSF), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, is the National Governing Body for the Scholastic Clay Target Program. SCTP was started by the National Shooting Sports Foundation in 2001.

For more information about SCTP and SSSF, visit You can also follow SCTP on Facebook at or @ScholasticShootingSports on Instagram.