Simons champion, Savage second, squad second in State Scholastic Clay Target Program Tournament
Simons champion, Savage second, squad second in State Scholastic Clay Target Program Tournament
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Miles Simons, a member of The Webb School clay target team, is the 2018 state sporting clays grand champion in the men's intermediate advanced (middle school) category. Teammate Johnathon Savage placed second in skeet in the men's intermediate advanced (middle school) category. The Webb team competed in the Tennessee State Scholastic Clay Target Program Championships on June 19-20 in Nashville.

In the intermediate advanced squad competitions, the middle school squad placed second in skeet and fourth in sporting clays. In addition to Simons and Savage, middle school team members include Brooklyn Wheelon and Luke Ledbetter.

Upper School team members Dalton Gregory and Bailey Chance competed in skeet June 20 and sporting clays June 19.

Team head coach Buck Smith remarked, "The students should be proud because Tennessee is so competitive in clay target shooting."

"Johnathon Savage's score of 99 out of 100 targets in skeet was impressive, especially when you consider that as an intermediate [middle school] competitor, his score matched the high score of 99 shot by the high school students," Smith said, "and Miles did a great job at reading the target lines on what was a very technical sporting clays course."

"This state tourney marks a real milestone for these young people," Smith added. "Johnathon and Miles have been working at this sport since they were sixth graders. That's three years. The biggest life-lesson here is that hard work and dedication pays off, and the entire team has supported each other along the way."