1,500 Athletes Nationwide Win Awards In 2022 USA Clay Target League Spring Season


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Eagan, Minnesota – 1,500+ students are taking home awards this spring after participating in USA Clay Target League programs in 34 states nationwide.

A record-breaking 31,688 student athletes participated in the USA Clay Target League (USACTL) Spring Season this year, with athletes competing on 1,466 school-approved teams nationwide.

“The League congratulates all of the award winners from the Spring Season. These talented athletes have worked hard to earn their recognition as top clay target athletes.” said John Nelson, President of the USACTL, “The League also thanks the parents, coaches, and shooting range staff that work so hard to provide a safe and fun experience for all.”

The students’ 9-week season began in late March and concluded with a final ‘Fun Week’ in mid-May. State-level tournaments will soon be held in June, and high school athletes with top season averages will be invited to register for the USA High School Clay Target League’s National Championship held in Michigan July 6th-10th.

About the USA Clay Target League

With over 43,000 participating athletes in the 2021-2022 school year, the non-profit USA Clay Target League is the largest youth clay target shooting sport program in the world. The League offers trap, skeet, sporting clays, and 5-stand leagues to secondary and postsecondary schools across the country.

The League is the only 100% school-approved clay target shooting sport program in America and the League’s co-ed and adaptive nature are key attractions to schools nationwide. 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 League’s priorities are safety, fun, and marksmanship – in that order.

The League is the safest sport in school, with not one reported injury since the inception of the League in 2001. Each athlete must complete firearm safety certification before participation.

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State – Athletes – Teams
Kansas – 2,329 – 129
Nebraska – 53 – 3

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Derek Nester
Derek Nester
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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