Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

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July 9, 2013

IE Clay Crusher trap squad wins state championship

The Cumberland County Clay Crusher intermediate entry (IE) division Red squad, competing in the Tennessee scholastic clay target program, won the state IE division trap shooting championship in competition with 26 IE squads at the Nashville Clay Target Complex June 18-22.

The IE Red squad of Clint Kemmer (93X100), Darren Kittrell (87), Taylor Webb (86), Robbie Parks (84) and David Weismuller (82) fired a 432X500 score to edge the Zion Christian Academy’s IE squad from Columbia by just one target.

Not since 2005, when the Cumberland County Jet varsity squad won both the “high school” and the “open” SCTP championship, has a Cumberland County trap team stepped to the top of the podium in Nashville.

With a total of 12 shooters on the IE team, coach Kevin Hembree and his IE assistant coaches decided to keep this Red squad intact after they posted a winning 437 score in regional competition at FGSC in early June. That proved to be a wise decision.

The Clay Crusher IE White squad composed of Cooper Wyatt (86), Corbin Moore (85), Cody Hyder (81), Dylan Mowdy (80) and Stephen Douglas (77) for a 409 total finished in eighth place. Competing individually, Gavin Threet fired a 67 and Kaylee Chattin a 52 to complete the 12-member IE team.

In the past, division champions were chosen from the highest individual squad score.

As of 2013, the TNSCTP now additionally recognizes a team champion which is chosen from the top five individual scores from all of the competing shooters. As a team, the combined scores of Kemmer, Kittrell, Webb, Wyatt and Moore for a 438 total finished second by five targets to the Medina Middle School Hornets, who fired a 442 total. IE shooters totaled 175.

Individually, Kemmer’s 93 placed third, high gun, male while Webb’s 86 finished fourth by just one target among the female shooters.

The Clay Crusher intermediate advanced (IA) Red squad of Jordan Burgess (97), Ty Stone (96), Ryley Phillips (82), Hunter Webb (82) and Aden Mathis (78) for a 435 total finished ninth out of 32 squads.

Burgess and Stone finished first and second individually among 191 shooters. The Hoodlum Alley Claybusters out of Shelbyville won both the squad and team titles with a 464.

The junior varsity (JV) Red squad composed of Andrew Smith (97), Derek Rose (95), Ally Petersen (87), Cody McAnally (85) and Madeline Kittrell (72) for a 436 total, finished fourth out of 37 squads, missing a third place podium spot by just six targets. Smith’s 97 was high gun among 257 shooters, while Rose’s 95 placed third.

Once again, the powerful Hoodlum Alley squad took the squad title with a 452, while the Arlington Trappers took the team award with a 457.

The Clay Crusher varsity (V) Red squad of Seth Petersen (98), Andy Carey (95), Meghan Server (94), Leigh Smith (92) and Casey Clark (85) for a 464 total finished 16th out of 81 squads, while the White squad composed of Derrick Taylor (95), Logan Adams (89), Cody Chattin (84), Luke Kemmer (84) and Nathan Hembree (83) for a 435 total finished in 47th place.

Coffee County won the squad title with a 489 and the team title with a 495. Varsity shooters totaled 466.

A total of 1,195 student trap shooters competed at this event, which included 86 rookies and 20 collegiate shooters.

Head coach Fred Petersen stated, “Our kids seem to elevate their game at the big (state) shoots. This is a direct result of our assistant coaches working very hard with the lower division (rookie, IE and IA) shooters in preparing them for future competition. Most importantly, we have dedicated kids and parents committed to a defined program designed to produce championship teams."

As to taking the team to the SCTP national championships in Sparta, IL July 15-20, Petersen stated, “We feel that the big-stage shoots like these (state and nationals) will benefit these kids in future competitions and that experience will be priceless."

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