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The T-County Clay Busters are members of the Tennessee 4-H Shooting Sports Program and the Tennessee Scholastic Clay Target Program (TNSCTP).

This program is open to children in Tipton County, both male and female from the fifth through the 12th grade. Since the program’s inception in 2001, participation in the TNSCTP has grown enormously. Currently, more than 2,000 youth are registered SCTP athletes in Tennessee. The TNSCTP is designed to teach student athletes the importance of safe firearms handling, responsibility, leadership and teamwork and to promote healthy competition.

The T-County Clay Busters are the 2012 4-H State Champions in both the senior and junior divisions and state runner up in the 2013 season.

In SCTP competition, the team has had resounding success at the regional, state and national level. In the 2013 Regional Competition, Joey Simmons was high overall varsity male with a score of 99 and Tucker Davidson scored a perfect 100 straight in the Intermediate Advanced Division.

Drake Shepard and Jake Taylor placed second and third, respectively, in the rookie division.

As the regional team competition wound down, T-County squads held second place in the varsity, junior varsity and the intermediate advanced divisions.

At the state SCTP competition the T-County Clay Busters continued their winning ways. At the end of the day, Shelby Simmons won second place varsity female with a score of 98.

She was also named to the Tennessee All State Trap Team. She also won a $750 college scholarship from the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency.

The Intermediate Advanced team consisting of Bennett Wallace, Dalton Ray, Tucker Davidson, Hunter Phillips and Chandler Griggs won third place.

At the 2013 Nationals held in Sparta, Ill., the team fielded two individual national champions: Shelby Simmons, 2013 Varsity Female National Champ, and Houston Carson, 2013 Junior Varsity National Champ.

Both of these individuals shot 199 of 200 targets during the two-day event. T-County’s junior varsity squad consisting of Houston Carson, Garett Percer, Anthony Garzonio, Joe Graves and Preston Bouler won fifth in the Nation.

The coaching staff consists of five NRA trained coaches who are dedicated to youth development.

For more info, log on to www.tiptoncountyclaybusters.com

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