The Bead Deamons Youth Trapshooting Team of the Madison County Fish & Game Association wrapped up its 2014 season with two first-place finishes in the Advanced Intermediate Division of the Fairfield Club’s invitational shoots in Harrison in May and June and a third-place in the Ohio Scholastic Clay Target Program competition on June 16.
Coach Marie Dradt said team practice began in February. The 14 members then participated in seven invitational, zone and state competitions between March and June.
Team member Gunner Hall of Circleville scored highest among 14-year-olds in a majority of these shoots. Hall will compete on the national level in early August.
The Bead Deamons, founded five years ago, are associated with the national Scholastic Clay Target Program.
Grants from the Ohio Gun Collectors Association, Midway Trust Fund and the Ohio DNR Division of Wildlife provide a combined $3,800 in financial support for the Madison County group, Dradt said.
According to the SCTP website, the prime goal of the national program is teaching youths safe firearm handling, teamwork and leadership by taking part in a sport that can be enjoyed for a lifetime. Along the way every participant also has an opportunity to compete on a team for state and national championships in trap, skeet and sporting clays.
In 2010, nearly 8,000 young shooters in grades 12 and under in 44 states enrolled in the program. The SCTP is the official youth shooting program of USA Shooting Sports and feeder program to Olympic shooting sports.
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