After brutal weather conditions forced the Arkansas Youth Shooting Sports state tournament into a third day, shooters from Corning took top honors in both the junior and senior divisions. The tournament was held May 31-June 2 at the Remington range near Lonoke.

Champion of Champions in the junior division was Steven Yates of Springhill. Ian Debord of Corning was the Champion of Champions in the senior division.

In the junior division, Copper Springs Shooters took second place and Shiloh Christian took third place. In the senior division, the Mt. Ida FFA squad placed second and the Salem Trap Team placed third.

Greenwood Coach Charles Mitchael won the Remington 870 shotgun donated by the Arkansas Wildlife Federation.

Each member of the top three senior division teams was awarded a college scholarship ($1,500 for first, $1,000 for second and $500 for third).

Teams from across the state competed in four regional competitions to qualify for the championship. Each region was represented by 16 teams in the junior and senior divisions.

In addition to team competition, shooters with perfect scores during regional tournaments were invited to compete individually in the Champion of Champions event at the state finals.

The AYSSP is an Arkansas Game and Fish Commission program that encourages youth to learn to shoot shotguns safely while enjoying the outdoors. To learn more about the AYSSP or to become a coach, visit to download a brochure or contact Chuck Woodson, 501-230-4738.

Image courtesy Arkansas Game and Fish Commission

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