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05-31-2008, 05:13 PM
Virginia Crowns Youth Skeet State Champions

5/29/08


Teams Qualify for Upcoming National ChampionshipsCHARLES CITY, Virginia-Young skeet shooters from across Virginia earned state titles-with many qualifying to represent Virginia at upcoming national championships-at last weekend's Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) Virginia Skeet State Championship.

The competition, held May 24 at Conservation Park in Charles City, featured some of Virginia's top young shooters in five divisions: varsity, junior varsity, intermediate advanced, intermediate entry and rookie.

SCTP, for youths in grades 12 and under, is a program of the National Shooting Sports Foundation managed in partnership with the national governing bodies for shooting sports: USA Shooting, Amateur Trapshooting Association, National Skeet Shooting Association and National Sporting Clays Association.

With remarkable growth over the past eight years, the program is considered "the Little League of shooting sports." Some 8,000 to 9,000 students from over 45 states are expected to compete this year.

Virginia teams participating in the state title shoot qualified for the SCTP National Championships July 31-Aug. 5 at the World Shooting and Recreational Complex in Sparta, Ill.

The best of these young shooters could be selected to attend an Olympic development camp in Colorado Springs, and some will go on to compete at the collegiate level.

For more information, visit www.nssf.org/sctp (http://www.nssf.org/sctp).

RESULTS

SCTP Virginia Skeet State Championship
(held May 24, Conservation Park, Charles City, Virginia)

Varsity Division (grades 9 to 12)
1st Place-Charity Hill Varsity Claybusters, 293 out of 300 targets (Daniel Foster of Drakes Branch, Christopher Smith of Ruther Glen, Jacob Lawson of Skipwith).
2nd Place-Old Dominion 4-H Shur Shots, 291 (Jason Ricketts of Manakin, Lawson Philpy of Mechanicsville, William Watson of Blackstone).
3rd Place-Old Forge 4-H, 291 (Timothy Berry of Virginia Beach, Marty Cogar of Blackstone, Travis Wagner of Powhattan).

Junior Varsity Division (grades 9 to 12)
1st Place-Old Dominion 4-H Shur Shots, 260 out of 300 targets (Patrick Gorman of Richmond, Ryan Bass of Mechanicsville, Lindsay Toler of Mechanicsville).
2nd Place-Charity Hill Clay Angels, 226 (Lauren Priddy of Unionville, Kendal Smith of Ruther Glen, Taylor Trice of Woodford).
3rd Place-Not awarded.

Intermediate Advanced Division (grades 6 to 8)
1st Place-Top Gunners, 230 out of 300 targets (William Hoppa of Virginia Beach, Jared Stillman of Chesapeake, Breanna Melius of Chesapeake).
2nd Place-Not awarded.
3rd Place-Not awarded.

Intermediate Entry Division (grades 6 to 8)
1st Place-Little Dust em & Bust em Boys, 205 out of 300 targets (Tyler Daniel of Crewe, Michael McCann of Blackstone, Brandon Shorter of Burkeville).
2nd Place-Not awarded.
3rd Place-Not awarded.

Rookie Division (grades 5 and under)
1st Place-Freeland Young Guns, 104 out of 300 targets (Noah Daniel of Kenbridge, Griffin Martin of Bracey).
2nd Place-Not awarded.
3rd Place-Not awarded.

Media Contact:
John Yakshe, SCTP Virginia State Director, (804) 966-5332 or johnyakshe@aol.com