A pair of local students recently won multiple awards at a shooting event in Lee County.
Tishomingo County sophomore Chase Smith and Kossuth eighth-grader Lauren Trantham were high overall male and female shooters on Oct. 24 at the Square 1 Outdoors, Inc. Annual Fall Youth Shotgun Bonanza at Sullivan Farms Recreational Shooting Area in Tupelo.
Youth in grades 5-12 representing any shotgun shooting organization could participate. Young and Trantham are members of the Tishomingo County Clay Busters Shooting Club. The club includes members from area schools like Tish County, Kossuth, Biggersville and Booneville.
“If a particular school has a sanctioned team the students at that school automatically have to shoot for that school and cannot shoot for a club team like ours,” said coach Kevin Lovelace, who has overseen the squad for the past two years. “But in this case all our members are from schools that allow them to be a part of this club team. And our kids are improving every year and winning more and more awards at tournaments.”
Participants can compete in three separate events: 5-stand from the deck (25 clays, 5 singles from the wobbler and 10 report pairs), 5-stand in a trap format (50 clays with two rounds of 25 singles) and Rabbit Clays (10 clays; six singles and two report pairs).
Young was high overall male, placing first in 5-Stand, first in Rabbits and third in Trap. Trantham won high overall female, first in 5-Stand, first in Rabbits and first in Trap.
“Lauren also recently won the Mississippi State A.I.M. HOA Trap Shoot in Jackson, Mississippi,” said Lovelace. “And Chase also recently won High Overall Male at the A.I.M. Trap Shoot in Jackson. Both are shooters with the Mississippi Scholastic Shooting Program, A.I.M. Amateur Youth Trapshooting Association and MSYESS Mississippi Youth Education in Shooting Sports Association.”
Young is the son of Jessie and Beth Smith of Iuka. Trantham is the daughter of Chris and Rachel Trantham of Kossuth.
The local team will be participating next Friday, Nov. 13 in the first of two preliminaries for the state tournament.