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Teen shooters bring home state awards

The Davie based Tom Cowden Youth Shooting Sports (TCYSS) Shotgun team had a great day on Saturday, May 1 at the N.C. SCTP Trap Championship.

The SCTP (Scholastic Clay Target Program) Championships were held at the Rockingham County Gun Club near Reidsville.

TCYSS fielded one varsity squad along with 3 individual shooters. The TCYSS Shotgun Team is composed of 4-H Shooting Sports Club members.

The varsity squad won top honors winning the NC Singles Trap Championship. Members included Caleb Mathis, Dallie Lakey, Luke Barker, Naomi Hellard and Jacob Durham.

TCYSS member Gracie Marshall was the High Overall Champion (HOA) with a score of 98/100.

Caleb Mathis and another TCYSS member, Stephen Timbinaris, were tied for runner-up with 97/100s.

Gracie was also Top JV in Singles as well as Top Lady Shooter for the tournament.

Caleb was Top Varsity shooter for Singles and Tournament HOA for Doubles 94/100 as well as the coveted Tournament HOA for combined scores from his Singles, Handicaps and Doubles events.

Luke Barker was HOA for Handicaps 91/100.

Caleb’s younger brother was the Top Intermediate-entry shooter.

“All in all it was a ‘Hardware Haul’ by TCYSS and these great kids,” said instructor, Nelson Cowden. “Not only are they excellent  shotgunners, they are just really good kids on and off the trap field and pleasure to be around.”