The Greenwood Bulldogs Trap Shooting Team brought home the senior division Arkansas Youth Shooting Sports Program state championship on Saturday, June 7, in Jacksonville by defeating the Cabot Panthers. 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.
During the West Regionals on May 2, 71 Greenwood Bulldogs in the junior division (grades 6-8) competed to qualify for one of the 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. Competition was delayed off and on during the day for up to two hours as thunderstorms rolled through the Jacksonville area. The conditions did not seem to slow Pure Powder as they shot in rain, wind and dropping temperatures before finally reaching the trophy stage around 7 p.m.
Saturday, June 8, was sunny, warm and humid as the forecasted weather stayed north of the Arkansas Game and Fish Foundation Shooting Complex. The brackets were not kind to the Greenwood Bulldogs as the Trap Happy and Bulldog Attack squads faced each other in the first round. Trap Happy and Blazing Attack advanced through the brackets until facing each other in the final four. Blazing Attack won and advanced to the finals with the Cabot Panthers. 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 division receive individual trophies and squad trophies, individual medals, shotgun cases and survivor strap-style bracelets. Additionally, the Blazing Attack squad members received $1,500 scholarships.