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Over 1,800 Students Participate In Kansas High School Clay Target League Spring Season

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Wichita, KS – 1,827 student athletes representing 84 Kansas high school teams are participating the 2019 Kansas State High School Clay Target League’s (KSSHSCTL) spring season, which began March 31st.

“Clay target shooting as an activity for Kansas high school athletes continues to grow rapidly,” said John Nelson, President of the KSSHSCTL, “The record-setting growth we’ve seen shows the demand for alternative high school activities related to the state’s longstanding outdoor traditions.”

The League’s co-ed and adaptive nature are key attractions to high schools in Kansas. The League is fully Title IX compliant with both male and female athletes competing on the same team. Additionally, it’s an ‘adaptive’ sport, which allows students with physical disabilities to take part.

The Spring League culminates with the 2019 State Tournaments, where all student athletes are invited to participate in individual and team competitions. The events are scheduled for June 15th-16th at the KTA Homegrounds in Sedgwick.

The Kansas State High School Clay Target League attracts student athletes to participate in shooting sports while creating a ‘virtual’ competition among high school teams throughout Kansas at no cost to the schools. Family travel costs are minimal because practice and competition are conducted at a shooting range near the school’s location. The League is also the safest sport in high school, with no reported injuries since the inception of the League in 2001.

Conferences are determined by team size rather than geographic location for fair competition. Athletes earn True Team® scoring points as determined by their performance and ranking against all athlete scores within their team’s conference. The team score and overall standings are calculated and posted on the League’s website. Athletes and their families may track their individual and team performance on their computer via the League’s website, and by the Shooter Performance Tracker® mobile app.

The Kansas State High School Clay Target League is a member of the USA High School Clay Target League, a division of the USA Clay Target League – a non-profit corporation. The League is the independent provider of clay target shooting sports as an extracurricular co-ed and adaptive activity for high schools and students in grades 6 through 12. The organization’s priorities are safety, fun, and marksmanship – in that order. Each student is required to pass a comprehensive firearm safety education course prior to participation.

Nationwide, more than 32,000 students representing over 1,000 school-approved teams participated in the League during the 2018-19 school year.

For more information visit http://ksclaytarget.com | http://usaclaytarget.com

Contact: Drew Tri at 320-291-9148 | Email: dtri@usaclaytarget.com

Season Scores and Standings can be found at http://claytargetscoring.com/public

A list of participating teams can be found at http://ksclaytarget.com/teams

Derek Nester
Derek Nesterhttps://sunflowerstateradio.com
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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