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Local youth shotgun team brings home top recognition at state competition
The Unaka Shooters, a youth shotgun team from the Unaka Rod & Gun club in Johnson City, TN, just recently came back from the state tournament in Nashville, TN. The state tournament is a gateway to entry into the National SCTP tournament that is held at the Cardinal Center near Columbus Ohio. The TNSCTP is run by the Tennessee Wildlife Federation TWF, an organization focused on conservation and youth engagement for the state of Tennessee.
Local shooting team finishes second at state championships
Three local athletes from Unaka Shooters finished second recently in the Skeet Intermediate Advanced competition at the recent Tennessee Scholastic Clay Target Program State Champion- ships in Nashville.
Jacob Sexton, Reed McCown and Seth Black took the second-place trophy and medals in skeet and added a third-place finish in sporting clays. They finished behind the Cumberland County Youth Shooting Sports Team and ahead of Henry County No Fly Zone in the final standings, determined in a doubles shoot-off due to a tied score.
The local team is comprised of youth from Washington, Carter and Sullivan counties and supported by the Unaka Rod & Gun Club.
They were part of more than 2,000 youth athletes from middle school to college who participated in the championships from June 21-27.
The state championships spanned six full days of co-ed competition in multiple shotgun shooting sports disciplines — trap, skeet, and sporting clays, as well as doubles skeet, doubles trap, and extended yard line trap. Individuals and teams from all corners of the state competed for titles in more than 160 categories.
The Scholastic Clay Target Program, a national organization, is organized under the Tennessee Wildlife Federation, one of the largest and oldest nonprofits in the state. The Unaka Shooters are listed in Region IV by the TWF and they won several placements into the state championships.
Seth Fox won the Skeet Individual Collegiate competition and finished second in Trap Individual Collegiate. Sexton was first in Trap Individual Intermediate Advanced and second in Skeet Individual Intermediate Advanced, just ahead of teammate McCown.
Sexton, McCown and Black teamed in the Intermediate Advanced competition, placing first in the region in skeet. They also teamed with Eli Henry and Kingston Cole, placing second in trap and third in sporting clays.
Other individual winners included Jackson Barr in Skeet Junior Varsity and Breanna Grizzel in Skeet Female Junior Varsity. Fifth-grader Scott Dunn had three first-place efforts, including Skeet Individual Rookie and Trap Rookie Invitational.
Gage Hutson posted a second-place finish in Trap Individual Intermediate Entry. Cole Casey, Jared Watson, Grayson Cole and Noah Kadish teamed with Hutson at the regional championships, placing second in skeet and trap as a team.
The purpose of the Tennessee Scholastic Clay Target Program is to recruit youth into an outdoor lifestyle by introducing them to the shooting sports. Studies have shown those who participate in outdoor recreation are eight times more likely to support conservation issues.
Unaka Shooters earning regional and national recognition