Today's Sportsman: Top Shots

Members of the Thurmont Top Shots who competed at the Maryland AIM youth trapshooting event included, from left to right, Jonathan Grover, Nathan Bosley, Nathaniel Neuland, Neall Kemp, Kyle Snowden, Colleen Noah and Cole Cervantes.

Congratulations to all the participants and winners in the two state youth trapshooting championships that were held in two locations on June 1 in Maryland. A total of 146 shooting athletes from Maryland and surrounding states competed for awards and open trophies in the 2019 Maryland AIM Singles Championship and the 2019 Maryland Scholastic Clay Target Program Championship.

The Maryland AIM Singles Championship was held on June 1 at the Harvey’s Cedar Gun Club in Darlington. AIM stands for Academics Integrity & Marksmanship and represents the Amateur Trapshooting Association’s (ATA) official youth trapshooting program. Frederick County AIM teams are sponsored by the Thurmont Conservation & Sportsman’s Club, Catoctin Fish & Game Protective Association (CFGPA) and the Frederick County 4-H Shooting Sports Club.

A total of 18 squads with 86 shooting athletes from Maryland, Pennsylvania and New Jersey took part in the day-long event. The main event was 100 single targets that are thrown in four rounds of 25. Squads of five compete for individual and team scores. Shooters are divided by age categories: Junior Gold ages 19 to 23; Junior 15 to 18; Sub Junior ages 12 to 14; and Pre-Sub Junior ages 11 and under. Frederick County winning squads and individual scores included:

Thurmont Top Shots — Junior Gold Champions, squad score 451

Nathan Bosley — Sub Junior champion, score 97

Nathaniel Neuland — Junior Gold, third place, score 94

Colleen Noah — Junior, High Lady, score 87

Neall Kemp — Junior, fourth place, score 86

Kyle Snowden — Junior Gold, score 86

Thurmont Top Shots — Individuals

Cole Cervantes — Pre-Sub Junior champion, score 84

Jonathan Grover — Open Pre-Sub Junior runner-up, score 58

Jacqueline Robarge — Junior, score 44

CFGPA Gun Powder & Lead 1 — Junior Gold 3rd Place – squad score 416

Blair Nicholson – Junior Gold High Lady– score 90

Jody Eccard – Junior Gold – score 89

Trevor Mullen – Junior 3rd Place – score 88

Brett Harshman – Junior Gold – score 79

Kayla Brody – Junior Gold — score 70

CFGPA Gun Powder & Lead 2 — Junior third place, squad score 386

Zachary Mullen — Sub Junior, score 89

Donald Saville — Junior, score 82

Christopher Sweet — Junior, score 80

Sara Nicholson — Sub Junior, score 72

Blake Tribett — Sub Junior, score 63

Frederick 4-H Firepower Flames — Sub Junior champions, squad score 444

AJ Hahn — Sub Junior, second place, score 92

Abigail McGlaughlin — Sub Junior, High Lady, score 90

Hunter McGlaughlin — Sub Junior, third place, score 90

Morgan Farmer — Sub Junior, score 86

Marques Miller — Sub Junior, score 86

Frederick 4-H Firepower Embers Sub Junior third place, squad score 322

Britten Pratt — Sub Junior, score 84

Ethan Mentzer — Sub Junior, score 82

Hayden Palmisano — Sub Junior, score 71

Waylon Farmer — Sub junior, score 60

Joey Gooding — Pre-Sub Junior, score 25

Frederick 4-H Firepower Embers Individuals

Dalton Caudill — Junior fifth place, score 86

Dakota Bostian — Sub Junior, score 79

Jackson Palmisano — Pre-Sub Junior, third place, score 65

Katelyn Hough — Pre-Sub Junior, High Lady, score 60

Madilyn Gooding — Junior, score 39

Grant Hough — Pre-Sub Junior, score 21

The 2019 Maryland SCTP was held at the Mount Airy IWLA on June 1. The Mount Airy Sharpshooters is a youth trap shooting program that sponsored the competition. SCTP practices and competitions are held at the Mount Airy IWLA trap range. A total of 60 shooting athletes participated in the 200 singles target event. Individual winners and scores:

College Division

First place: Chase Tyeryar, score 193

Second place: John Morris, score 180

Third place: Justin Mills, score 171

Varsity Division

First place: Bake Seonarain, score 192

Second place: Dominic Fiorille, score 189

Third place: Jacob Yetter, score 182

Junior Varsity Division

First place: Lane Barnes, score 186

Second place: Charlie Fort, score 176

Third place: Nicholas Panetti, score 174

Intermediate A Division

First place: Lucas Lefever, score 186

Second place: Memphis Seonarain, score 180

Third place: Ethan Mills, score 179

For more information on youth trap shooting programs in Frederick County, contact Dan Neuland at

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