Aidan McKinney of Rock Creek High School Takes Clay Target Shooting National Championship


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MASON, MI – Thousands of students participated in the 2022 USA High School Clay Target League National Championship this weekend in Mason, MI. The event features high school clay target athletes from around the country competing for the top award. The National Championship was proudly presented by SCHEELS.

View the digital program at

230 teams from 175 high school teams took part in the USAHSCTL National Team Championship. The qualifying round took place on Friday, July 8th. Only the top 80 teams qualified to move on to the Championship round.

On Saturday, July 9th, 1,800 of the top high school athletes competed in the USAHSCTL National Individual Championship Qualifying round. Of those, just 400 made it to the Sunday Final.

The National Championship Final round took place on Sunday, and Aidan McKinney of Rock Creek High School in Kansas took home title of National Champion. The athlete missed just one target in two days of competition.

Calhoun High School of Illinois persevered for the second year in a row, facing stiff competition from America’s other top high school teams.

In the brand-new Female division, Lillian West of North Ridgeville High School in Ohio missed just three targets to earn her award as the top female high school clay target athlete in the country.

Full Results from the event can be found at

Photos and videos of the event can be found at

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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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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