Soddy Daisy High School Sporting Clay Team Prepares For National Finals

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Updated: 7/11/2013 12:04 am

Soddy Daisy-(WDEF) The Soddy Daisy High School Sporting Clay team just won their second state championship last month. Next week, they head for Sparta, Illinois, where they will try to win a national title.

Said coach Eric Dunn,""They competed in the TNSCTP state championships." Reporter-"That's a long name. What does that mean?" Said Dunn,"That's the Tennessee Scholastic Clay Target Program. There are a hundred targets. And you'll have anywhere from 12 to 15 different stations. You'll shoot eight targets, usually in pairs at each station."

Reporter-"What's the secret to being a good skeet shooter?" Said shooter Sheldon Rodgers,"I know it's more mental than anything really." Added teammate Erica Dunn,"When you're in the box getting ready to shoot, you can definitely talk yourself out of a bird. Like oh, I'm going to miss this. This is a hard target. And then you'll miss it."

Erica is the only female on the team. "They're all like my brothers. I'm always the only girl. I'd see all of them. They were always better than me. And I took that and strived to do better than them. That's what made me do better."

Reporter-"Do ya'll have any nicknames for each other on this team?" Said shooter Mitch Pelfrey,"We've got the four horsemen." Reporter-"Who are they?" Said Pelfrey,"That is Blake Dunn, Sheldon Rodgers, Austin Gravitt, and Paxton Pelfrey." Reporter-"And why are they called the four horsemen?" Said Pelfrey,"Because they are our four top shooters."

Said Coach Dunn,"We did very well at state, and I expect them to do the same on the national level."

Reporter-"What would a national title mean?" Said Rodgers,"Be awesome to win it. I think it would just make us more known. I know we are known in the state for winning state two years-in-a-row." Added Erica Dunn,"That would be crazy to win a national title, let alone just being number one in the state. It would be crazy to be anything in the nation."

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