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Greenwood Bulldogs Trapshooting Team Brings Home State Championship
2014 State Trapshooting Champions - Greenwood Bulldogs Blazing Attack State Champions with Arkansas Game & Fish Officials and coaches, trophies and scholarship check. Squad members (L-R) are Remington Griffith, Trenton Cason, Pierce Evans, Tanner Cooper and Blake Campbell.

Greenwood Bulldogs Trapshooting Team Brings Home State Championship

The Greenwood Bulldogs Trapshooting Team brought home the Senior Division Arkansas Youth Shooting Sports Program State Championship Trophy on Saturday, June 7 by defeating the Cabot Panthers in Jacksonville, Arkansas.

Another senior division squad placed fourth in the state behind the Jonesboro Shooting Sports Team. On Friday, June 6, the Greenwood Bulldogs Trap Shooting Team placed 3rd in the state behind the Ashdown Panthers and Corning.

Trapshooting is a sport where individual strengths are recognized and those talents make for a better team score as well. The shooters have all been commended by coaches and parents for the way they coalesced into a team, worked and practices together and apart. The team is anchored by four state champion shooters; Team Captain Blake Campbell, Tanner Cooper, Remington Griffith and Pierce Evans. Two of whom, Cooper and Campbell are All-Americans. These outstanding sportsmen anchor the team. Scores like 121 out of 125 and a team record of 123 out of 125 made state history. This was the second State Trapshooting Championship Trophy for Tanner Cooper who won the Junior Division a few years ago.

Those closely watching this rapidly growing sport will note what the numbers suggest: that some of the best trap shooters in the state are in Greenwood and they came together to lead a high school team to a State Championship trophy.

Greenwood Bulldogs Pure Powder squad places third in the state trap shoot.  (L-R) Hunter Webb, Coach Todd Webb, Hayden Jordan, Steven West, Hayden Cantrell, Coach Windell Wallace, Hunter Elmore and Coach Eleanor Wallace

Greenwood Bulldogs Pure Powder squad places third in the state trap shoot. (L-R) Hunter Webb, Coach Todd Webb, Hayden Jordan, Steven West, Hayden Cantrell, Coach Windell Wallace, Hunter Elmore and Coach Eleanor Wallace

During the West Regionals on May 2, 71 Greenwood Bulldogs in the junior division (grades 6-8) competed to qualify for 16 slots at the state competition. The west region had 84 junior squads competing, of which 15 squads were Greenwood Bulldogs. Four junior squads qualified for state: Blazing Clays, 15th place with Parker Shipman, Cooper Shipman, Collin Curry, Gage Roberts and Caleb Bivins; Powder Happy, 9th place with Connor Francis, Trent Davis, Ryan Hankins, Michael Coonce and Ben Huff; Trap Dawgs, 8th place with Avery Brown, Tyler Young, Seth Frasier, Zachary Castleberry and Destin Smith; and Pure Powder in 4th place with Hunter Webb, Steven West, Hayden Jordan, Hayden Cantrell and Hunter Elmore.

Additionally, on Saturday, May 3, 62 seniors (grades 9-12) competed for the state shoot qualification. The senior division saw 125 squads competing for the 16 slots with 13 squads from Greenwood. Three Greenwood Bulldogs squads qualified for state competition: Bulldog Attack, 12th place with Kyle Russell, Austin Curry, Ethan Brown, Jacob McOlvin and Matt Beshears; Trap Happy, 3rd place with Zac Childress, Paxton Evans, Parker Didier, Ty Wyckoff and Brady McAlister; and Blazing Attack, 2nd place with Tanner Cooper, Blake Campbell, Pierce Evans, Trenton Cason and Remington Griffith. Blake Campbell also qualified for the Champion of Champions Tournament by shooting a perfect round.

At the state competition on Friday, June 6, Blazing Clays, Powder Happy and Trap Dawgs shot well but were eliminated during the first round. Parker Shipman and Ryan Hankins all shot perfect rounds. Not only did Pure Powder advance out of the first round, they made it to the Final Four and placed third in the state. Hunter Elmore also shot a perfect round to help his squad through the brackets.

On Saturday June 8 several of the senior bulldogs had perfect rounds throughout the day. During the trophy presentations, Zac Childress was recognized for running 100-straight and Pierce Evans was recognized for 125-straight. Blake Campbell was in the final three before being eliminated from the Champion of Champions Tournament.

The top three squads in both divisions received individual trophies and squad trophies, individual medals, shotgun cases and survivor strap-style bracelets. Additionally, the Blazing Attack squad members received $1,500 scholarships each for the five members totaling $7,500.00 that was presented to the team.

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