SPARTA, Ill. - Athletes from Bethel University captured several team and individual gold medals during the 2014 Scholastic Clay Target Program National Championships in Sparta, Ill. In total, Tennessee athletes captured 33 titles, more than twice the total of the next-closest state.
SPARTA, Ill.- More than 2500 young shooters, along with thousands of coaches, family members, and supporters, descended upon the World Shooting and Recreational Complex in Sparta, Ill. last week for the largest youth shooting event ever held, the SCTP and SPP National Championships. The July 14-19 event saw significant increases in virtually every metric over 2013′s record-setting Nationals. In the SCTP event alone, competitors shot 715,000 targets, a 35% increase over last year. Shooters from 175 SCTP teams came from 26 states. SPP also saw its own increases. In only its second Junior/Senior National Championship, SPP experienced an increase of 62% in participant numbers, hosting 326 shooters representing 39 teams from 15 states. Earlier this year, SPP hosted a separate Collegiate National Championship with close to 100 shooters from 24 squads. The Bethel University Shooting team fared well and had several first place finishes in several categories. For those results and final results see more at: http://sssfonline.org/sctp-spp-make-history-national-championships/#sthash.bKXRx4Wd.dpuf