Hawkeye trap team hosts scholastic tourney at Horton range

Friday, May 29, 2009
A member of the Marshall County Hawkeyes fires away during the Scholastic Trap Shoot at Horton range

The Marshall County Trap Team, named the Hawkeyes, hosted its first Scholastic Clay Target Shoot at the Henry Horton State Park Trap Range in Chapel Hill on Saturday, April 25.

The shoot was the largest organized youth trap shoot ever held in the county with 182 trap shooters from Middle Tennessee. The shoot was open to all youth participants currently registered in the Tennessee Scholastic Clay Target, the nations largest youth shotgun-shooting program.

The day started with Tennessee House of Representative Eddie Bass taking the first shot to kick off the event. Rep. Bass is a huge supporter of the program.

The Marshall County Trap Team partnered with the Henry Horton State Park staff to help with the event. The park restaurant served a meal in the pavilion. Park ranger Whitworth provided his assistance and help with parking at the Trap Field. Marshall County Trap Team parents, grandparents, friends and supporters worked the 12-hour event.

Head Coach, D.W. Weaver said, "If it weren't for the support of the families of the athletes, we could not have pulled this off."

"The Marshall County Trap Team is pleased with the turn out and support from so many teams. It is an excellent opportunity to bring revenue into Marshall County," said Marshall County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Ritaanne Weaver.

The Chamber distributed Marshall County Magazines as well as county maps to the participants. Several shooters and their families and coaches stayed overnight in the Henry Horton State Park Campground.

"Hopefully, this will be an annual event," said Weaver.

The participating teams attending the shoot were as follows: Hoodlum Alley in Bedford County; Wilson County 4-H, Coffee County Middle School, Riverside Christian Academy in Lincoln County, Hickman County Schools, Bedford County Schools, Richland School in Giles County, Summertown Schools in Lawrence County, Zion Christian Academy in Maury County, Columbia Academy in Maury County, and the Marshall County Hawkeyes.

The shooters competed for medals in the rookie division, third grade through fifth grades; intermediate division, sixth through eight grades; and varsity division, ninth through twelfth grades.