JACKSONVILLE – Trap teams from Greenwood and Berryville claimed the top spots in this year’s Arkansas Youth Shooting Sports Program State Championship at the Arkansas Game and Fish Foundation Shooting Sports Complex June 3-4.
After thousands of shots and shattered clays, the G-Force team from Greenwood climbed to the top of the senior division, edging out second-place finisher Jonesboro Valley View. Third place in the senior division was claimed by Shiloh Christian after their final round with the Beebe Blasters.
Berryville Shooting Sports snagged first place in the junior division after defeating the Bald Knob Bulldogs. The Cabot Panthers finished in third after beating Rose Bud in their semi-final round.
Each member of the top three senior division teams was awarded a college scholarship ($1,500 for first, $1,000 for second and $500 for third).
Each division also had an individual competition for those shooters who scored perfect rounds during regional qualifiers. Champion of Champions in the junior division was Clayton Kemp from Corning Trap Team. Chase Martin from the Bald Knob Bulldogs was crowned Champion of Champions in the senior division.
This was the 10th year of competition for AYSSP, a program of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission dedicated to teaching firearms safety and promoting the shooting sports as a healthy pastime for youth. To date, more than 50,000 student athletes have competed in AYSSP tournaments.
Chuck Woodson, AYSSP coordinator for the AGFC, credits the many volunteers that coach and help organize the events for the program’s success.
“None of this could have been done without dedicated volunteers across the state mentoring and coaching these kids,” Woodson said. “Some coaches started with us in our first year because their kids wanted to get involved. Ten years later, those kids are grown, but their parents continue to coach the next generation.”