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Steel Shooters at 2017 SSSF National Championships
August 11, 2017

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The Steel Shooters of Traer recently competed in the Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation (SSSF) 2017 National Championships in Marengo, Ohio. They were held July 8-15 at the Cardinal Shooting Center.

The Scholastic Action Shooting Program (SASP) had 49 teams consisting of 436 athletes competing from 19 different states. They entered 939 events and had over 100,000 shots fired in competition.

In 1911 Model, the Steel Shooters of Traer took first place with a time of 240.73. The winning squad consisted of Cole Busch (53.06), Tanner Calderwood (65.23), Clayton Sienknecht (56.14) and Megan Carty (66.30).

Also in 1911 Model, placing sixth with a time of 333.16 were Spencer Larsen (99.62), Jacob Lowe (99.03), Brian Stewart (62.73) and Jacob Snyder (71.78). Placing fourteenth were Stan Miller (234.17) and Samuel Snyder (131.26), and two Ghost Scores (120) each. Their total score was 605.43.

The Iron Rifle squad placed third with a time of 199.57. That squad was Cole Busch (41.34), Tanner Calderwood (60.34), Nate Gibson (49.61) and Clayton Sienknecht (48.28). Placing ninth was the Traer squad of Spencer Larsen (64.43), Jacob Lowe (69.12), Brian Stewart (53.33) and Samuel Snyder (60.02) with a squad time of 247.1. Alexander Meggers (67.15) and Sydney Vavroch (100.77) and 2 Ghost Scores (120) each placed 31st with a time of 407.92.

In Rimfire Pistol, the Steel Shooters took third place with a time of 219.31. On that squad were Grace Asmussen (63.39), Cole Busch (43.86), Megan Carty (50.46) and Nate Gibson (61.60). Placing 22nd was the squad of Stan Miller (99.67), Samuel Snyder (68.53) and Kayla Vavroch (98.58). Their squad time was 386.78 including a Ghost Score (120).

The Optics Rifle squad placed fifth with a time of 182.27. Their squad consisted of Cole Busch (35.46), Tanner Calderwood (48.94), Nate Gibson (48.67) and Clayton Sienknecht (49.20). Another Traer squad placed 18th with a time of 249.38. Their squad members were Spencer Larsen (63.68), Jacob Lowe (72.58), Brian Stewart (54.81) and Samuel Snyder (58.31). Placing 31st were Sydney Vavroch (60.60), Alexander Meggers (68.39) and two Ghost Scores (120) each for a time of 368.99.

In Centerfire Pistol, the Steel Shooters took sixth place with a time of 262.86. Squad members were Tanner Calderwood (77.59), Clayton Sienknecht (62.78), Jacob Snyder (63.09) and Brian Stewart (59.40). Placing tenth were Spencer Larsen (98.92) and Jacob Lowe (153.44) and two Ghost Scores (120) each for a time of 492.36.

Cloe Busch took top honors as High Mile in the Intermediate Division Rimfire Pistol.

In the Scholastic Action Shooting Program, youth in grade school through college participate in team-based shooting sports using rifles and pistols. All teams are led by certified adult volunteers who organize local practices that teach firearms safety, shooting fundamentals and valuable life lessons. Competition opportunities for teams are available at state, regional and national levels. In competition, youth fire at stationary steel targets set up in specific stages with five targets per stage. Upon a start signal, competitors must hit four of the five targets before hitting the final stop plate. The competitors' time stops with the last shot fired at the stop plate. The competitor with the lowest time wins the competition. Both team and individual awards are given at nationals and different age and skill levels are recognized. Athletes may participate multiple times using different styles of firearms.

For the 2017 competition year, there were 1,236 youth and 429 adult volunteers across 29 states involved in SASP. Competition season ends August 31 each year.

The Steel Shooters of Traer are coached by Pete Holden and Mike Calderwood. Please contact them if you are interested in joining the team. Practices are generally held each Sunday afternoon, with more practices added during competition season.

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