2018-07-12 / Sports

Prep Clay Target League holds National Championships in state

By Mike Wilson
Sports Reporter • mwilson@mihomepaper.com

MASON - The inaugural USA High School Clay Target league will hold its national championship competition July 12 - 15 at the Michigan Trapshooting Association’s Home Grounds in Mason.

“Being able to host a National Championship has been a goal of the League for a number of years,” said John Nelson, Vice President of the League. “It’s going to be a great event, and we are really excited to be part of this historic one-of-a-kind shooting sport event in Michigan this July.”

Over 2,000 student athletes will represent their schools, including teams from Unionville-Sebewaing Area (USA), and Sandusky high schools. Individuals Haleigh Holdwick and Evan Volz, from USA, and Jason Leen, Logan Leen and Logan Mitchell, from Sandusky, will all be shooting for a national title as well.

More than 5,000 spectators and dozens of exhibitors are also expected to be in attendance.

“We have been working on a national championship ever since we started expanding to other states beyond Minnesota in 2014,” said Jim Sable, the founder and president of the USA High School Clay Target League. “Now that we are the largest youth clay target shooting program in the nation, it makes sense to host a National Championship where the best student athletes in the League can qualify to participate.”

Thumb area schools, Harbor Beach, Sandusky, and USA all joined the league this spring and fielded good numbers for their teams. The League attracts student athletes to participate in shooting sports while creating a ‘virtual’ competition among high school teams throughout each state. Family travel is minimal because practice and competition are conducted at a shooting range near the school’s location.

Conferences are determined by team size rather than geographic location for fair competition. Athletes earn True Team scoring points as determined by their performance and ranking against all athlete scores within their team’s conference.

The team score and overall standing are calculated by adding the earned points from qualifying athletes and posted on the League’s website. Athletes and their families track their individual and team performance on their phone, tablet or computer via the Shooter Performance Tracker .

The championship weekend will kick-off on Thursday, July 12 with an exclusive private concert event featuring rising country music star Lucas Hoge. Originating from Hubbell, Nebraska, Hoge’s recent album release ‘Dirty South’ ascended to the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Country Album Sales chart during its debut week. Hoge’s new single “Power of Garth” is climbing the charts and gaining momentum on country radio.

The 2018 USA High School Clay Target League National Championship is presented by NRA Sports and sponsored by the Cabela’s Outdoor Fund, and by Scheels sporting goods.

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