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The Coffee County Central High School Claybusters have taken top honors in the first two events of the season.
On Nov. 17, the Claybusters swept the top three senior varsity places in competition at Christiana. That strong showing followed earlier success at the same location Nov. 3.
At the Nov. 17 event, the Claybusters competed in the Scholastic Clay Target competition at Big Springs Clay Target Sports. A total of 18 squads competed in the program. After shooting early and staying late for the results, the Claybusters had swept all of the senior varsity division’s top three places. The Claybusters senior varsity Squad 1 took home first place honors with a score of 487×500. Derek Anderson was squad leader with a score of 96×100, followed by Meagan Watters who topped all competitors that day with a perfect score of 100×100. Tyler Marcrom posted a 97×100, Hunter Green shot 97×100, and Travis Dickson scored 97×100.
Taking second place honors was Claybuster Squad 2 with a score of 481×500. This squad was lead by Mikayla Dickson who posted a 95×100. She was followed by Tyler Drake with a 95×100, Michael Watters who shot 96×100, Aaron Pettus with a 97×100, and Brent Williams with a score of 98×100.
Claybuster Squad 3 finished third in senior varsity. Squad 3 was led by Hayden Zeigler with a score of 99×100. Hayden paced a squad that included Wesley Rogers (93×100), Austin Williams (99×100), Justin Spivey (87×100), and Courtney Trail (87×100). Justin and Courtney are new on the team and normally would shoot on a junior varsity squad during their first year of competition at the high school level. Because there are only three new shooters on the team, however, these competitors shoot with the varsity.
The Central High Claybusters defeated Summertown, Eagleville, Shelbyville and Siegel High who all fielded squads in the senior varsity division.
Earlier, on Saturday, Nov. 3, the Claybusters came out on top in the first A.I.M. shooting competition of the season at Big Springs Clay Target Sports.
The trap shooting team competed with only three complete squads instead of the normal four. At A.I.M. shoots, not only do teams and squads compete for trophies, but individuals are recognized for their winning efforts as well.
After tallying scores, Coffee County won the shoot with a squad score of 481×500 to finish not only on top of the junior division but with the high overall team score as well. Squad members were Travis Dickson, Meagan Watters, Evan Smith, Hunter Green and Tyler Marcrom. Coming in second place with a score of 480×500 was the Smokin’ Clays, state champions of Kentucky. Once again the Claybusters won by one target out of 500.
The Claybusters C-class squad won their class with a score of 459×500 in defeating four other squads in their division. Members of the C-class squad were Adam Malone, Derek Anderson, Michael Watters, Hayden Zeigler and Brent Williams.
Individual awards for the Claybusters included B-class champion A. J. Floied (98×100) and B-class runner-up Michael Watters (97×100). In the junior category Travis Dickson was the high shooter of the event with a perfect 100×100. Brent Williams was junior 2nd runner-up with 98×100. In the Lady category Meagan Watters was the champ with 99×100. Meagan missed the very first target but hit the next 99 to lead the ladies.
The Claybusters will compete again Dec. 1.