Sparta, Illinois that is – home of the Scholastic Clay Target Nationals this year, which are held from July 31-August 5th (that would be today).

On the 1st and the 2nd, the National Championships for Skeet and Sporting Clays were held, and the National Championship for Trap will be held yesterday and today.

On a note of personal pride, a team from Indiana is the National Champion in Varsity Division – the Hoosier Gun Swingers broke 585 out 600 targets to take home the national championship in the aforementioned varsity division. Congratulations to team members Tanner Brooks of Walkerton, Timothy Baker of Laporte and Daniel Borton of North Liberty on their win!

If you’re not familiar with the Scholastic Clay Target Program, here’s a little information for you:

SCTP was developed to provide school-age participants in grades 12 and under with opportunities to showcase competitive shooting skills, earn recognition and win scholarship awards. The program is designed to instill safe firearms handling, commitment, responsibility, leadership and teamwork.

Many SCTP shooters go on to compete at the collegiate level. Olympians are more rare, but former SCTP stars Corey Cogdell and Vincent Hancock will represent the U.S. in Beijing in women’s trap and men’s skeet, respectively.

SCTP teams compete in the sports of trap, skeet and sporting clays as well as the Olympic versions of trap and skeet.

In addition, SCTP is managed by the National Shooting Sports Foundation in concert with USA Shooting – this year has been a record breaking year for SCTP in terms of participation with over 9,000 students competing in the various events.

The last round of the trap national championships should be held today in Sparta, IL – good luck to all the Indiana teams in the competition!

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