The Clatsop “Shot and Awe” USA Youth Education in Shooting Sports (USAYESS) team traveled to Creswell and Florence to compete in the Oregon Junior Clay Championship over the Memorial Day weekend.
Teams traveled from all over the state to test their skills in trap, skeet and sporting clays. Eight members of the Clatsop team took part, including Devon Brittner (Hermiston), Ian Hull (McMinnville), Ryan Kramer (Newberg), Tanner Crawford (Amity), Astoria’s Michael Williams, Charlie Williams and Colton McMaster, and Ian Kirby of Warrenton.
The weekend started out with shooting trap and skeet at the Creswell Clay Target Sports facility. The team placed in both the rookie and junior divisions. McMaster was third in trap and Charlie Williams earned second place in both trap and skeet. Hull received his first 25 straight patch in skeet.
The team then moved to the Suislaw Rod and Gun Club on Monday and competed in sporting clays.
While the team’s senior division did not place in trap or skeet, they made up for it in sporting clays, with Brittner earning first place and Michael Williams third place.
The rookies and juniors added a first-place finish for both McMaster and Charlie Williams. The best news of the day came at the end, when the Clatsop Shot and Awe team earned first place team for the weekend.
While the seniors didn’t earn any individual medals the first two days, the contributions from all the members added up to an overall first-place finish.
The USAYESS program is a shooting sports organization for youth from sixth grade through college. The Clatsop team participates in competitions throughout Oregon and Washington, and over the course of the year has earned first place in six out of seven competitions, and placed second in the other. If interested in participating, contact head coach Paul Williams at fortclatsopdaisy@gmail .com.