JACKSONVILLE (AGFC) – Shooting sports run deep in Bald Knob, as many witnessed during Friday and Saturday's regional qualifier of the Arkansas Youth Shooting Sports Program. Bald Knob took first place in the junior division Friday, and backed it up with first- and second-place finishes in Saturday's senior round.
Five-person squads compete during each AYSSP event, with each junior high division athlete shooting at 25 clays and each senior high division athlete shooting at 50 clays.
"We had some great weather and great shooting at the event," said Chuck Woodson, AYSSP coordinator for the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission. "Everything ran like a finely tuned machine, thanks to the professionalism of the student athletes and their coaches. The staff all had comments on how well the shoot went."
Bald Knob will advance five squads to the AYSSP State Championship, June 3-4: three squads in the junior division and two senior-division squads. Five Bulldogs also will participate in the Champion of Champions event at the state competition. Parker Hepner, Tanner Meachum, Hunter Throckmorton, Chase Martin and Clayton Collins all shot perfect scores of 50 during Saturday's qualifier. Roe Reynolds from Quitman shot a perfect 50 as well. Friday's only perfect shooter was Dalton Rowe from Bergman, who shot 25 for 25.
To learn more about AYSSP or to become a coach, visit www.agfc.com/ayssp or contact Chuck Woodson at 501-230-4738.
Junior High Division North Regional Qualifiers:
Bald Knob Bulldogs/BK Bulldogs Blue – 112
Southside FFA/Orange Crush – 109
Faulkner County 4H/Raising the Bar – 108
Rose Bud Sharp Shooters/Rebel Blasters 1 – 107
Bergman Panther Trap/Gold – 106
Beebe Blasters/Little Maverick – 104
Mt. Home Bombers/Jr. Bomb Squad – 104
White County Central Bears/Cubs – 102
Salem/Salem 3 – 99
Viola AYSSP/X-Men Jr 1 – 99
Faulkner County 4H/Break It We Will – 96
Bald Knob Bulldogs/BK Bulldogs Grey – 92
MVE Claybusters/Pull Bang Dang – 95
Cave City Sharp Shooters/Claybusters – 94
Bald Knob Bulldogs/BK Bulldogs White – 92 1
Melbourne Trap/Jr. Busters – 90
Senior High Division North Regional Qualifiers:
Bald Knob Bulldogs/Bulldogs Sr. 1 – 244
Bald Knob Bulldogs/Bulldogs Sr. 2 – 242
Quitman/Quitman A – 233
Marshall Trap Team/Sr. High Team 1 – 228
Cave City Sharpshooters/Claybreakers – 227
Beebe Blasters/Maverick – 227
Cave City Sharpshooters/Duck Commanders – 225
Faulkner County 4H/Making it Happen – 224
Southside FFA/Gunslingers – 223
Viola AYSSP/X-Men Sr. 1 – 222
MVE Claybusters/Pigeon Pounders – 222
Rose Bud Sharp Shooters/Bringing Heat – 221
Calico Rock Pirates/Pirates Red – 220
Clinton FFA/The Trap Machine – 218
Wampus Cat Trap/Wampus Cat Blue – 218