Trap team hits state bullseye

Friday, June 13, 2008
Blake Beasley takes dead aim at the clay pigeon during the recent state tournament.

The Marshall County Hawkeyes Rookie "A" trap team, competing for a state championship for the first time in the program's short two-year existence, outlasted teams from all over the Volunteer State to capture the 2008 Tennessee Scholastic Clay Shooting State Title at Nashville's Tennessee Clay Shooting Complex last weekend.

With the victory, the Hawkeyes move on to the 2008 Scholastic Target Program National Championship in Sparta, Ill., on Aug. 3-5.

Dorris Wayne Weaver, Marshall County registrar of deeds and coach of the Hawkeyes said, "We are especially proud of these athletes from Marshall County. Their dedication and team strength resulted in a championship that will be rivaled for years. This team has continued to improve and I am proud of each athlete that participated in the program this year."

The Hawkeyes vaporized 409 out of 500 targets to claim the "super bowl" of Tennessee trap shooting crown. The "A" Team consisted of Blake Beasley, Jake Townsend, Hunter Talley, Will Jackson and Taylor Carlton.

"I think if we go to Illinois and shoot 420 out of 500 there we will bring back some more medals," Weaver predicted.

The Marshall County Trap Shooting Team was started in 2007 by Mellissa Hargrove, who had to step aside for personal reasons. Weaver took over this season.

"I wanted to go bigger and I wanted to go countywide," Weaver said. "We have done that. We have kids from Chapel Hill, Lewisburg and Cornersville on the team that now has 21 members."

The season runs from October to June.

"This sport is growing fast," said Weaver. "I expect to have over 50 on the team next year. The sport is beginning to grow into the college ranks too. MTSU just started a program, UT Martin has had one for years, and now . . .Pick up a copy of today's edition, Friday, June 13, 2008, for entire story and photos.