Clay Crushers are on the mark at state competition
ALBION – The Orleans County Clay Crushers, a youth shooting team consisting of 47 area boys and girls, completed their 10th Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP)/Scholastic Action Shooting Program (SASP) Season on Aug. 7.
Members of the team come from Orleans, Genesee, Monroe and Wyoming counties. The SCTP and SASP are youth development programs in which NRA certified coaches and other volunteers use the shooting sports of Trap, Skeet, Sporting Clays and Action Pistol to teach and demonstrate sportsmanship, responsibility, honesty, ethics, integrity, teamwork and other positive life skills.
The Clay Crushers sent 29 kids, representing 81 of the total competitors, at New York State SCTP Championship at the Rochester Brooks International Trap and Skeet Club on June 25-26. Other athletes were from the Bridgeport, Camillus and DeWitt Gun Clubs.
• Trap Shooting
In the Trap Shooting competition the Varsity Squad of Anthony Tomassetti (Holley), Jacob Bensley (Medina), Jared Atwell (Albion), Jenna Coyne (Pittsford) and Zach Brazzell (Medina) broke 446 of 500 targets to earn first place honors. The Clay Crusher squad of Jack Burgoon (Albion), Hayden London (Albion), Zach Monagan (Albion), MacKenzie Donahue (Albion) and Jacob Kuhman (Medina) came in third place.
Individually the top 3 finishers in the Varsity Division were Clay Crushers. In first place was Jared Atwell (97/100), ssecond place went to Jenna Coyne (91/100) and third place to Zach Brazzell (90/100).
In the Junior Varsity Division, the Clay Crusher squad of Patrick Brien (Albion), Mitchell Knaak (Albion), Alex Rustay (Albion), Thomas Rada (Batavia) and James Hapeman (Albion) broke 369 of 500 targets to come in first place.
The Junior Varsity Clay Crusher Squad of Bryan Bale (Medina), Victor Benjovsky (Albion), Jacob Delamarter (Albion), and Mitch Gonyea (Byron) shot their way to a third place finish. There was a tie for the Junior Varsity Individual High Gun between Clay Crushers Patrick Brien and Alex Rustay. Both shooters broke 91 of 100 targets. After a shoot off between the two of them Patrick Brien bested Alex Rustay to take first place.
The Clay Crusher Intermediate Advanced squad of Cole London (Albion), Jacob Long (Elba), Andrew Caldwell (Albion) Austin Aman (Albion) and Ryan Krenning (Albion) broke 364 of 500 targets to earn a second place finish. The Individual High Gun was Clay Crusher Jacob Long breaking 88 of 100 targets.
In the Intermediate Entry Division the Clay Crusher squad of Madison Bale (Medina), Shane Hastings (Albion), Max Hapeman (Albion), and Jordan Boccacci-Philips (Albion) took first place breaking 271 of 500 targets.
• Skeet Shooting
In the Skeet competition the Clay Crusher Varsity squad of Jared Atwell, Zach Brazzell and Bryan Bale won their division. Individually the top three shooters in the Varsity Division were Clay Crushers. In first place was Jared Atwell (97), second place was Bryan Bale (90) and third place was Zach Brazzell (89).
The Junior Varsity squad of Patrick Brien, Jacob Delamarter and Madison Bale came in second place. Individually, Patrick Brien earned first place honors and Madison Bale third place.
• Sporting Clays
In the Sporting Clays Competition Varsity Division, first place went to Jared Atwell (90/100), second place Bryan Bale (68/100) and third place to Anthony Tomassetti (57/100).
The Junior Varsity winner was Patrick Brien (71/100) followed by Alex Rustay (55/100). The Intermediate Advanced winner was Madison Bale (63/100). The Intermediate Entry winner was Mitch Gonyea (63/100).
The Clay Crushers began the season on March 9, shooting over 23,500 targets through Aug. 7. The Crushers are a 501©3 corporation dedicated to teaching area youth the safe and responsible use of firearms in a competitive team atmosphere. If you would like more information about the team, look up Clay Crushers on Facebook.
The club would lie to thank the following for their support this season: Barre Sportsmen’s Club, The Niagara Frontier Friends of the NRA, The Midway USA Foundation, Hunters Landing – Batavia NY, The St. Mary’s Archers Club, VFW Post #4635, The Holley Rod and Gun Club, The Medina Conservation Club, The Junior Wilson’s Sportsmen’s Club and the Black North Rod and Gun Club.