Sports Corning Dominates AYSSP East Senior Regional
JACKSONVILLE – Corning High School’s senior trap shooting program placed four teams in the top 16, all qualifying for the State Finals, with its Black squad running away with the championship of the Arkansas Youth Shooting Sport Program’s East Regional held Saturday at the Arkansas Game and Fish Foundation Jacksonville Shooting Sports Complex.
Corning Black totaled 243 points (or targets hit) out of 250 attempts to win by five over second-place and nearby rival Jonesboro Westside Red. After the conclusion of the trophy presentation Saturday, all the members of the Westside teams were lined up just off the presenting stage to congratulate the five Corning Black shooters and their coaches for winning the regional title.
“They (Westside) come up and shoot with us quite a bit,” said Corning coach Jim Clifton, whose program has won two state championships, several regionals and regularly has found itself competing for other AYSSP titles since Corning started the team 11 years ago. “It’s been a very good program,” said Clifton, who has coached the program since its inception. Clifton said that he and several others interested in developing the program built a private shooting range, Black River Trap and Skeet Club, for the youths to work on their skills and compete there in tournament shooting events.
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