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New shooting sports program in Oklahoma schools

by Ed Godfrey Published: November 25, 2013
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The Altus high school team and the Locust Grove junior high team won the inaugural state shoot of the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation’s Scholastic Shooting Sports Program.
Twenty schools participated in the trap shooting competition last week at Shawnee Twin Lakes Trap and Sporting Clays.
The top senior male shooter was Hunter Burkett of Durant. The top senior female shooter was Abby Abernathy of Altus.
The top junior male shooter was Bryce Couch of Beggs. Bryttnie Turner of Locust Grove was the top female shooter.
The Oklahoma Scholastic Shooting Sports Program is similar to the Wildlife Department’s Archery in the Schools program, which now has almost 400 schools participating in it statewide.
Through the Scholastic Shooting Sports Program, the Wildlife Department provides schools with equipment kits that consist of a target thrower, gun safe, clay targets and hearing and eye protection.
The equipment is funded in part by the Department and the Oklahoma Station Chapter of Safari Club International.
Last summer, the Wildlife Department also received a donation of $739,000 in support of the program from the Brenda Potterfield Trust, which is being used to help fund a Scholastic Shooting Trust from which participating schools can use interest accrued to purchase supplies and pay range fees for operating their shooting programs.
The trust is owned by the Midway USA Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to growing the shooting sports in colleges and high schools.
Each school that attended the Oklahoma State Shoot earned $2,500 in endowments for their school’s trust.
The top five high school teams earned additional endowments for their schools, including $5,000 for first place, $4,000 for second place, $3,000 for third place, $2,000 for fourth place and $1,000 for fifth place.
The Wildlife Department plans to add 20 more schools next year and hopes to have 155 schools in the program by 2016.

Results of State Shoot
High School Boys
1, Hunter Burkett, Durant; 2, Noah Edwards, Calumet; 3, Nevin Lawson, Altus.
High School Girls
1, Abby Abernathy, Altus; 2, Karissa Fent, Chandler; 3, Sierra Arsenault, Altus.
Junior High Boys
1, Bryce Couch, Beggs; 2, Stone Breathard, Wister; 3, Chase Louthan, Seiling.
Junior High Girls
1, Bryttnie Turner, Locust Grove; 2, Jasmine Martinez, Altus; 3, Audra Cunningham, Locust Grove.
High School Teams
1, Altus; 2, Durant; 3, Depew; 4, Locust Grove; 5, Seiling
Junior High Teams
1, Locust Grove; 2, Seiling; 3, Wister; 4, Beggs, 5, Altus.

by Ed Godfrey
Reporter Sr.
Ed Godfrey was born in Muskogee and raised in Stigler. He has worked at The Oklahoman for 25 years. During that time, he has worked a myriad of beats for The Oklahoman including both the federal and county courthouse in Oklahoma City for more...
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