Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

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April 5, 2012

Clay Crusher trap team competes at Big Springs

CROSSVILLE — Thirty-six Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) shooters from the Cumberland County elementary and high schools joined over 200 other competitors from ten programs in Middle Tennessee to compete for honors at the Big Springs Shooting Complex in Christiana, TN March 17. 

Awards were handed out in the varsity (V) and junior varsity (JV) squads in the senior division, the intermediate advanced (IA) and intermediate entry (IE) squads in the intermediate division and in the rookie (R) division squads. Cumberland County Clay Crusher head coach Fred Petersen fielded two varsity and junior varsity squads and one squad each in IA, IE and Rookie for this event.

A squad consists of five shooters. This was the first competitive event for the team this year. 

The Clay Crusher JV-1 squad defeated eight other JV squads to bring home the runner-up trophy with a 430X500 score.

Squad members were Andy Carey with a 96X100 followed by A.J. Melton (90), Nathan Wattenbarger (88), Nathan Hembree (87) and Megan Burgess (67).

Richland County’s JV-3 squad was the JV champion with a 450.

Cumberland County's JV-2 squad finished tied for fourth with a 411 total.

That squad was led by Cody Chattin with a 93, followed by Ty Stone (87), Logan Adams (86), Casey Clark (82) and Madeline Kittrell (63). 

The Clay Crusher Rookie squad brought home third-place honors with a 343. Leading the rookie squad with an 82 was Clint Kemmer followed by Darren Kittrell (74), Katie Dye (71), Dylan Mowdy (62) and Gabe Wittenburg at 54. Middle Tennessee Christian School from Murfreesboro was the rookie champ with a 376. 

The two varsity squads placed fifth and seventh out of 13 squads. The V-1 squad was led by all-state shooter Meghan Server with a 97, followed by Thomas Branch (95), Seth Petersen (94), Carl Kerley (92) and Derek Taylor (80) for a 458 total.

The V-2 squad composed of Jimmy Weismuller and Nick Grayson, both at 95, Luke Kemmer (92), Seth Kemmer (88) and Taylor Galloway (85) fired a 455 total.

The Richland County V-2 squad took top honors with a 487. 

CC's Clay Crusher IA squad finished fifth out of eight squads with a 429 total. This squad included Andrew Smith with a 96, with help from Alley Petersen (93), Andrew Moore (81), Cody McAnnally (80) and Derek Rose (79).

Top honors went to the nationally ranked Hoodlum Alley No.1 squad from Shelbyville with a 479. Hoodlum Alley won this event by 32 targets over runner-up Marshall County. 

The Clay Crusher IE squad finished fifth out of nine squads with a 379. This squad was led by Ryley Phillips at 91 with support from Mason Dye (81), Jordin Burgess (73), Dakota Hale (70) and Karson Dye (64).

Hoodlum Alley’s No. 2 squad lapped the field with a 456 to defeat runner-up Marshall County by 63 targets. 

Spencer Wooten competed as an alternate shooter for the Clay Crushers and fired a 79.

Joseph Hickman from Richland County fired the only perfect score of 100X100.

Coach Petersen believes his charges “did pretty well for their first shoot of the year."

Big Springs is located in the middle of one of the hottest Scholastic Trap Shooting areas in the country. You do well there you will be competitive anywhere.

The Clay Crushers' next event will be the first Doug Server Shoot-on-the-Mountain here at the Fairfield Glade Sportsman Club April 14.

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