The Column, No. 38:
Oregon Crowns Youth Sporting Clays State Champions
By Jim Wiota, SCTP Oregon State Director
FLORENCE, Ore.—Young sporting clays shooters from across Oregon earned state titles—with many qualifying to represent Oregon at upcoming national championships—at last weekend’s Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) Oregon Sporting Clays State Championship.
The sporting clays competition, held June 28 at Siuslaw Rod and Gun Club in Florence, featured some of Oregon’s top young shooters in five divisions: varsity, junior varsity, intermediate advanced, intermediate entry and rookie.
SCTP, for youths in grades 12 and under, is a program of the National Shooting Sports Foundation managed in partnership with the national governing bodies for shooting sports: USA Shooting, Amateur Trapshooting Association, National Skeet Shooting Association and National Sporting Clays Association.
With remarkable growth over the past eight years, the program is considered “the Little League of shooting sports.” Some 8,000 to 9,000 students from over 45 states are expected to compete this year.
Oregon teams participating in the state title shoot qualified for the SCTP National Championships July 31-Aug. 5 at the World Shooting and Recreational Complex in Sparta, Ill.
The best of these young shooters could be selected to attend an Olympic development camp in Colorado Springs, and some will go on to compete at the collegiate level.
For more information, visit www.nssf.org/sctp.
SCTP Oregon Sporting Clays State Championship (held June 28, Siuslaw Rod and Gun Club, Florence, Ore.)
Varsity Division (grades 9-12)
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