Lewis County Trap Shooters rank high at Nationals


The Lewis County Shooting Sports team recently attended the Scholastic Clay Target Program’s National Championships in Marengo, Ohio. The event was a huge success for the SCTP as well as the Lewis County Shooting Sports program. 

This season the LCSS program had nine shooters attending the event, and participating in three different shooting disciplines.

The tournament started with Handicapped Trap, in which Zoie Clark placed third nationally from the twenty-one-yard line.  

Next up was the LCSS group, made up of Payton Tripp, Zoie Clark and Spencer Clark, shooting on the Sporting Clays course. While participating in this event, the shooters were asked to shoot at many targets of different colors, sizes and speeds, while viewing many different presentations as well. 

“The Sporting Clay event is still relatively new to this young team, but Zoie Clark was able to earn an 11th place finish, Spencer Clark placed 34th and Payton Tripp placing in the top 150 out of a large field of competitors nationally,” Coach Adam Clark reported. 

The tournament concluded with the American Singles Trap in which the Lewis County shooters competed against nearly 2,000 shooters from 27 states. 

In the Trap competition, the LCSS rookie shooters, made up of Trasey “Tuff” Lindsey, Ryan Tanner, Mason Owen, Nathaniel Caamal, Clay Bean, Emery Norris and Spencer Clark, earned a place on the podium with a fifth place finish nationally. Zoie Clark placed ninth and Payton Tripp reached the 141st spot out of 300 shooters. 

“The shooters from Lewis County represented Lewis County well with their performance and behavior. This program is growing and has a lot of things going in a positive direction. With the student athletes who Lewis County Shooting Sports has participating and the partners the program has supporting their effort, the future of Lewis County Shooting Sports is looking bright,” Clark said. “We also have many other supporters on the state and national level as well, among those are the National Rifle Association and the Meriwether Lewis chapter of the Friends of the NRA and Midway USA,” Clark concluded.

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