Awesome weather with beautiful surroundings was the theme of the weekend! This year’s third and final state championship took us to Buffer Creek Sporting Clays and the stunning backdrops of Somerset County. Incidentally, if you are ever in Somerset make sure you stop by the Summit Diner. The Goober Burger and Lemon Meringue Pie are well worth the trip!
Saturday’s Main Event saw our squad of Dawson Sterner, Jake Lloyd, and first year shooter Noah Temple take home Second Place in the Junior Varsity division. Individual winners of the day included Preston Whiteman as Collegiate third, Dawson Sterner as Junior Varsity Champion, Ryanne Whiteman as Intermediate Entry Second Place Lady, and Stephanie Beardsley as First Place Collegiate Lady and High Over All Lady. Here is the link to all of the scores: http://shot.sssfonline.com/shot5/web/publish/results/frames.asp?cid=835&org=SCTP
I’m so proud of this year’s sporting clays division. Not everyone on the team was able to take home an award on Saturday, but the way the group pulled together and encouraged each other was amazing. The effort and dedication of our athletes and parents this year was commendable!!!
I would be remiss if I didn’t give credit where credit is due, this extraordinary year would not have been possible without the time and dedication of our amazing sporting clays coaches. All of our coaches are amazing; however, we need to send out a special thank you to Steve Beam, Mike Kelly, and Joe Clarkson for putting in countless hours and getting the team in tip-top shape. Thanks guys! I can’t put into words my personal gratitude I have for you three… you should be very proud of your accomplishments!!!
One other person who deserves a lot of credit for our continued Sporting Clays success is Anthony Matarese. Mason-Dixon has had multiple group training sessions with Anthony over the years and six of the seven awards won by our athletes this weekend were won by athletes who participated those training sessions. His teaching style and pinpoint instruction give us a solid base to follow and the confidence we need to compete with the best in the nation. Thanks Anthony… we’ll see you again soon!
Please join me in congratulating our athletes on their outstanding achievements!!!
Athletes and parents, please make plans to attend our Team Fun Shoot on June 22th at Jefferson Sportsmen. This is open to everyone on the team!