Inaugural Bigfoot Blast Lights Up the Sky With Glow Clays

Apr 24, 2024

It is not a myth that interest in youth clay target shooting competitions is on the rise nationwide, and Tennessee Scholastic Clay Target Program’s (Tennessee SCTP) first annual Bigfoot Blast this past weekend proved to be a thrilling addition to the calendar of events. 

On Friday evening, the event kicked off with a dinner and the introduction of a unique twist—glow clays, a 5-stand competition conducted under backlights.

“Glow clays has gone viral on social media in recent months, and the participating teams were ecstatic when we announced this segment of the competition,” said Ashley Tone, Tennessee SCTP Manager. “The demand was even enough that we had to include an additional competition on Saturday night.”

Saturday morning and afternoon saw competitors engaging in sporting clays and super sporting clays, followed by glow clays under the cover of night. The action-packed weekend concluded Sunday with the awards ceremony, where the HOA Varsity and HOA Intermediate Grand Champions were awarded Bigfoot statues. The inspiration behind all of the trophy designs and the competition’s name draws from Cross Creek Clays’ long history with the mysterious Bigfoot. In true fashion, Sasquatch made an appearance on Sunday for the awards ceremony.

Bigfoot Blast HOA Varsity and HOA Intermediate Grand Champions
HOA Intermediate Grand Champion, Cooper Carver (pictured left). HOA Varsity Grand Champion, Charles Cherry (pictured right).

This event marked not only the inaugural Bigfoot Blast competition but also Tennessee SCTP’s first sporting clays-only competition.

“Sporting clays has quickly become the fan favorite in Tennessee. Participation at Regionals and State Championships continues to rise, as do our team’s requests for more opportunities to compete,” said Tone.

Ashley Tone, Tennessee SCTP Manager

More than 170 athletes from 33 different teams competed in the various disciplines for a total of 373 entries. Due to popularity, the dates have already been set for next year’s Bigfoot Blast— April 4-6, 2025.

Tennessee SCTP looks forward to returning next year and extends heartfelt gratitude to Joe Calabrace, owner and general manager of Cross Creek Clays, and his staff, including Zach Wilhelm, for their remarkable generosity towards the youth participants and their amazing facility. Here are the weekend’s top scorers.

HOA: High Overall

HOA Varsity Grand Champion: Charles Cherry, Henry Co. No Fly Zone

HOA Intermediate Grand Champion: Cooper Carver, Henry Co. No Fly Zone

HOA Collegiate Champion: Chris Keller, University of Tennessee Knoxville Clay Target Team

HOA Collegiate Runner-Up: Dalton Berry, HSSC Crush

HOA Varsity Team Champion: Henry Co. No Fly Zone

HOA Varsity Team Runner-Up: Santa Fe Sharpshooters

HOA Varsity Lady Champion: Morgan Hilliard, McKenzie Shooting Sports

HOA Varsity Lady Runner-Up: Gabby Worthen, Dickson Clay Commanders

HOA Varsity Men Champion: Ben Yarbrough, HSSC Crush

HOA Varsity Men Runner-Up: Anderson Clayborne, Santa Fe Sharpshooters

HOA Intermediate Team Champion: Henry Co. No Fly Zone

HOA Intermediate Team Runner-Up: T-County Clay Busters

HOA Intermediate Lady Champion: Taylor Hilliard, McKenzie Shooting Sports

HOA Intermediate Lady Runner-Up: Lexi Orr, McKenzie Shooting Sports

HOA Intermediate Men Champion: Logan Price, Clarksville Academy

HOA Intermediate Men Runner-Up: Carson Spurgeon, Houston County Lucky Shots

HOA Rookie Champion: Peyton Hilliard, McKenzie Shooting Sports

HOA Rookie Runner-Up: Owen Banet, The Farm

Main Event

Main Event Collegiate Champion: Chris Keller, University of Tennessee Knoxville Clay Target Team

Main Event Collegiate Runner-Up: Dalton Berry, HSSC Crush

Main Event Varsity Team Champion: Henry Co. No Fly Zone

Main Event Varsity Team Runner-Up: Columbia Academy GunDawgs

Main Event Varsity Lady Champion: Morgan Hilliard, McKenzie Shooting Sports

Main Event Varsity Lady Runner-Up: Caroline Cashion, Columbia Central High School

Main Event Varsity Men Champion: Charles Cherry, Henry Co. No Fly Zone

Main Event Varsity Men Runner-Up: Anderson Clayborne, Santa Fe Sharpshooters

Main Event Intermediate Team Champion: T-County Clay Busters

Main Event Intermediate Team Runner-Up: Henry Co. No Fly Zone

Main Event Intermediate Lady Champion: Taylor Hilliard, McKenzie Shooting Sports

Main Event Intermediate Lady Runner-Up: Lexi Orr, McKenzie Shooting Sports

Main Event Intermediate Men Champion: Cooper Carver, Henry Co. No Fly Zone

Main Event Intermediate Men Runner-Up: Logan Price, Clarksville Academy

Main Event Rookie Champion: Peyton Hilliard, McKenzie Shooting Sports

Main Event Rookie Runner-Up: Owen Banet, The Farm

Super Sporting Clays

Super Sporting Collegiate Champion: Chris Keller, University of Tennessee Knoxville Clay Target Team

Super Sporting Collegiate Runner-Up: Dalton Berry, HSSC Crush

Super Sporting Varsity Team Champion: Henry Co. No Fly Zone

Super Sporting Varsity Team Runner-Up: Columbia Academy GunDawgs

Super Sporting Varsity Lady Champion: Morgan Hilliard, McKenzie Shooting Sports

Super Sporting Varsity Lady Runner-Up: Caroline Cashion, Columbia Central High School

Super Sporting Varsity Men Champion: Ben Yarbrough, HSSC Crush

Super Sporting Varsity Men Runner-Up: Charles Cherry, Henry Co. No Fly Zone

Super Sporting Intermediate Team Champion: Henry Co. No Fly Zone

Super Sporting Intermediate Team Runner-Up: McKenzie Shooting Sports

Super Sporting Intermediate Lady Champion: Lexi Orr, McKenzie Shooting Sports

Super Sporting Intermediate Lady Runner-Up: Taylor Hilliard, McKenzie Shooting Sports

Super Sporting Intermediate Men Champion: Robert Strain, McKenzie Shooting Sports

Super Sporting Intermediate Men Runner-Up: Owen Banet, The Farm

Super Sporting Rookie Champion: Owen Banet, The Farm

Super Sporting Rookie Runner-Up: Peyton Hilliard, McKenzie Shooting Sports

Glow Clays

Glow Clays Collegiate Champion: Chris Keller, University of Tennessee Knoxville Clay Target Team

Glow Clays Collegiate Runner-Up: Dalton Berry, HSSC Crush

Glow Clays Varsity Lady Champion: Olivia Nickens, Dickson Clay Commanders

Glow Clays Varsity Lady Runner-Up: Katie Beth Brown, Columbia Academy GunDawgs

Glow Clays Varsity Men Champion: Nash Dray, USJ Sport Shooting Team

Glow Clays Varsity Men Runner-Up: Curtis Sykes, Houston County Lucky Shots

Glow Clays Intermediate Lady Champion: Taylor Hilliard, McKenzie Shooting Sports

Glow Clays Intermediate Lady Runner-Up: Lexi Orr, McKenzie Shooting Sports

Glow Clays Rookie Champion: Peyton Hilliard, McKenzie Shooting Sports

Glow Clays Rookie Runner-Up: Wiley Evans, Haywood Young Guns

Coach/Parent 5 Stand

Coach/Parent 5 Stand Showdown Champion: Reggie Spurgeon, Houston County Lucky Shots

CoachParent 5 Stand Showdown Runner-Up: Justin White, HSSC Crush

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