More than 1,250 youth athletes, from middle school to college, participated in the 2019 Tennessee Scholastic Clay Target Program State Championships June 18-23 in Nashville, including multiple competitors from the Cumberland County Youth Shooting Sports team.
Cumberland County Youth Shooting Sports brought home five state champion titles and 28 top-three finishes.
The state championships spanned six full days of co-ed competition in three shotgun shooting sports disciplines: trap, skeet, and sporting clays, as well as doubles competitions.
Individuals and teams from all corners of the state competed for titles in more than 70 categories.
Cumberland Varsity shooters claimed two state championship titles in trap for squad and team, with the squad posting a 496/500, breaking the record for the highest score ever posted in Tennessee state competitions.
Corbin Moore and Justin Reed both posted perfect scores, with Reed advancing to become the varsity state champion.
Varsity shooters also claimed second place in skeet for team and squad, with Reed placing third individually.
Additional third place titles went to Alex Petty for doubles skeet and Moore for doubles trap.
Petty was also high overall men’s varsity individual second place.
Varsity team members include Petty, Reed, Moore, Noah Anderson, Samuel Phillips and Maci Gernt.
Junior varsity shooters placed second in team for doubles trap. Keely Frazier, a first-year shooter, took second place in ladies doubles trap and third in both ladies sporting clays and trap.
JV team members include Holden Moore, Frazier, Camden Rice and Jordan Davis.
Intermediate advanced shooters took third place honors in skeet for both squad and team, with Noah Gernt placing third individually in trap.
Dyson Remling and Gernt won the last competitor standing.
Intermediate advanced team members include Gernt, Remling, Isaac Sherrill, Micaiah Cowgill, Cameron Turbett, Brayden Akins and Jesse Houston.
Intermediate entry shooters took the podium in all disciplines, with a third place finish in skeet squad and team.
In sporting clays they finished third in squad and second in team. In trap, they finished second place in squad, third place team and second place in doubles trap.
Johnathan Warlick wrapped up two state champion titles, including state doubles trap champion. Warlick shot an all-time high score of a 95/100 to become the state trap champion, with Joseph Warlick placing second in doubles trap.
Intermediate entry team members are Hunter Chason, Charlie McCoy, Jeremiah Stagner, Ethan Tabor, Johnathan Warlick and Joseph Warlick.
Rookie shooters are in small numbers, but team members Christopher Garrison and Connor Webb are fierce on the range.
Garrison took third place in both skeet and sporting clays, Webb placed second in both skeet and trap along with high overall men’s rookie individual second place.
As a whole, the team brought 35 awards back to Cumberland County from the state championships, including high overall team second place in both varsity and intermediate divisions. These are combined scores from all three disciplines: trap, skeet and sporting clays.
The team will go to Sparta, IL, for the AIM Grand Nationals in July.
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