Dean and Roane State Community College Shooting Team win National Championship
By Andy Southard | November 27, 2017 8:27 am
The Roane State Community College shooting sports team recently won the national championship. The competition in the Scholastic Clay Target Program took place Oct. 28-30, in Marengo, Ohio. Over 200 athletes from 14 states and 21 colleges competed. In the competition, participants showcase their sharpshooting skills, with shotguns, by taking aim at machine-propelled clay discs sent in a variety of paths, from intersecting in midair to mimicking scampering rabbits.
The Raiders also won first place in trap shooting, second place in skeet shooting, and first place in sporting clay shooting.
It was a quick march to the top for the RSCC team. The Roane State squad came into existence three years ago and placed third nationwide then. Last year, Roane State’s sharpshooters captured second place.
This year’s Roane State Raiders squad includes Codey Dean, Ty McCaskey, Andy Carey, Nathan Hembree, and Nathan Wattenbarger. Dean and McCaskey are from White County, while the other teammates are Cumberland County residents.
Dean was third overall in skeet shooting against all other college athletes, while Carey was 12th-highest individual in trap shooting and runner-up nationally in the “Last Man Standing” event. In that competition, students vie against competitors in elimination rounds. Two other Roane State athletes were in the top five of the Last Man Standing competition: Ty McCaskey (third) and Nathan Hembree (fifth).
The Scholastic Clay Target Program is part of the Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation.