COLUMBUS, Ohio â€“ The Allen Eagles Competitive Shooting Team was crowned the nation's top high school sporting clays team after breaking 487 of their 600 targets to win the Sporting Clays title during competition at the 2017 Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) National Team Championships.
The Eagles were led by Lake Bishop who broke 166 of 200 targets on the Sporting Clays course. Brandon Stone added 161 while Sean Packer contributed 160 towards the national championship run. All three shooters hail from Allen, Texas.
Coming in second with 481 were the Central Falcons of Wisconsin. John Dietz of Kenosha and Andrew Korando of Pleasant Prairie each broke 163 while Hunter Conrad of Bristol added another 155.Tennessee's Santa Fe Sharpshooters claimed third with 466 and were led by Garrett Mills of Columbia with 160, followed by Mitch Brown of Williamsport with 158 and Cory McCord of Primm Springs with 148.Fourth place with 460 went to the Red Oak High School Shotgun Team of Texas. Red Oak's top shooter was Will Perry of Waxahachie who broke 170 of his 200 targets. Mary Tibbs of Ovilla added 149 while Bryson Wall of Maypearl broke 141.
Rounding out the top five were The King's Academy Lions with 453. The South Carolina squad was led by Daylon Mahn of Darlington with 155. Teammates Carter Parrott and Hughes Milling, both of Florence, each broke 149 targets.
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.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.