The New York State High School Clay Target League completed its fall season, with more than 390 athletes from 28 teams competing. Schools in the region competing include Lowville, South Lewis, Chittenango and Stockbridge Valley.
Liverpool finished second in Conference 1. Ashleigh Rosen Liverpool High School earned the highest average among females competing. Liam Smith of Liverpool had the second best season average in the 1A Conference 1 schools among males.
Tanner Dager of Stockbridge Valley had the second best season average in the 1A Conference 2 schools among males. Rebecca Axe of Stockbridge Valley had the third best season average among females in the 1A Conference 2.
In 1A Conference 4, Chittenango’s Ethan Ferguson had the second best season average among male competitors.
The league is a member of the USA Clay Target League, the nation’s largest youth clay target shooting sport program with more than 35,000 athletes in 2019. The league offers trap, skeet, sporting clays and five-stand leagues to secondary and postsecondary schools across the country. The league is the only fully school-approved clay target shooting sport program in America, it noted.
The league has male and female athletes competing on the same team. Additionally, it’s an adaptive sport, which allows students with physical disabilities to take part. The league has also had no reported injuries since the inception in 2001. Each athlete must complete firearm safety certification before participation.
There is virtual competition among teams. Travel is minimal because practice and competition are conducted at a shooting range near the school’s location. Conferences are determined by team size rather than geographic location for fair competition.
Athletes earn True Team scoring points as determined by their performance and ranking against all athlete scores within their team’s conference.
The team score and overall standing are calculated by adding the earned points from qualifying athletes and posted on the league’s website. Athletes and their families track their individual and team performance on their phone, tablet or computer via the Shooter Performance Tracker.