Mississippi’s Premiere Youth Shotgun Shooting Sports Program

For youth from fifth grade all the way through college.

“Shooting teams provide wonderful opportunities for students to make friends, to develop confidence, to learn discipline and leadership skills, just like other sports.” Larry Potterfield; MidwayUSA Foundation Founder


Blake Hickox has earned the title “2021 Singles Champion” in Class A Juniors at this year’s AIM Grand National Championship.

Blake is from Tishomingo County, Mississippi.  He’s a member of both the Northeast Mississippi MSYESS Clay Busters and the Tishomingo County Clay Busters youth shotgun teams.   Blake got his start in clays competition with his friends through his county’s 4H shooting sports program.  He currently competes in local, state, and national events throughout the year, including AIM competitions and the Mississippi Scholastic Shooting Sports Program (MSSP).

This year’s AIM Grand National Championship took place July 30-August 3, 2021 at the World Shooting & Recreational Complex in Sparta, IL.  Blake hit 98 and 99 for a final score of 197/200, bringing himself to the forefront among 113 competitors in his division.

MSYESS is proud of of Blake’s achievement and his coaches’ dedication to Tishomingo County’s youth shooting sports traditions.  Jessie Smith and Brad Phifer, along with parents, have been coaching and supporting Blake and his teammates since they began shooting around age 10.  


Chase Smith from Tishomingo County, MS achieved a perfect score in Handicap at the Mississippi Trap Association’s State Championship on September 26, 2020 at Capital Gun Club in Jackson, MS.  Chase broke 100 consecutive clays to take top honors.  Chase attends Tishomingo County High School and shoots on Tishomingo County’s MSSP team, which is sponsored through Square1 Outdoors’ shooting club, as well as the MSYESS Northeast Mississippi Clay Busters team.

Chase’s teams practice regularly at Corinth Gun Club (pictured) and Tri State Gun & Archery Club near Counce, TN.  If you have a youth in the Northeast Mississippi area who is interested in becoming part of the MSYESS team in Tishomingo County or any surrounding county, please feel free to contact us at msyess@usayess.org for more information.

Congratulations to Chase and his coaches, Jessie Smith and Brad Phifer.  Thanks to the Mississippi Trap Association for hosting another wonderful event.  Everyone is looking forward to the 2021 State Trap Championship.


First Fall Qualifier at McIvor Shooting Facility
 October 25-30, 2021

Second Fall Qualifier at Turcotte Shooting Facility
 November 29-December 4, 2021

State Tournament at Turcotte Shooting Facility and Capital Gun Club
 April 29 & 30, 2022 

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MSYESS will assist school and club shooting sports teams with establishing Midway USA Foundation Endowment Accounts for long-term funding. 

Contact us at msyess@usayess.org



East Rankin Academy

Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks is pleased to announce the winners of the MSSP State Championship which took place in June at McIvor Shooting Facility near Sardis, MS.  East Rankin Academy took home the MSSP State Title for schools with a score of 560/600.  

The State Championship welcomed the top 150 sporting clay, skeet, and trap shooters between 7th and 12th grades from throughout the state.  Winners of the tournament received a total of $10,000 in college scholarships provided by the Foundation for Mississippi Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks.

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Horvath Achieves Perfection in Air Rifle

MORGANTOWN, W. Va. – Lea Horvath fired the first perfect air rifle score in program history as No. 3 Ole Miss rifle picked up two Great American Rifle Conference victories on its first day of competition. The Rebels fired a team score of 4706 to defeat No. 12 Akron and No. 14 Navy.
Horvath etched her name into history among other legends in the rifle community and tied the NCAA record with her perfect air rifle score of 600. It marked the 12th time in NCAA history that the feat has been accomplished and was the third perfect score fired this season.
“We were excited to see Lea shoot a 600 in air rifle today,” said head coach Marsha Beasley. “She has done it in practice, but it’s much harder in a match. She worked the match very well today, making sure she took the shots she wanted.”
With the two GARC wins, the Rebels moved to 6-0 in conference action and 9-0 on the season. Their nine victories so far this season are the most in a single season in program history, surpassing the 2018-19 squad that won eight matches.
Horvath paced the field of 40, tying her career-high aggregate score of 1190. Kristen Derting turned in the next best performance for Ole Miss with a mark of 1173.
The Rebels once again turned in a solid smallbore score with a 2332. Horvath posted a 590 on the second relay to pace the team, while Derting fired a 584 on the opening relay. Additionally, Horvath’s mark of 199 after the first 20 shots kneeling tied a school record. Abby Buesseler and Erin Walsh both got the nod as counters and shot identical scores of 579. Walsh’s smallbore performance also featured a perfect 200 prone. Jillian Zakrzeski served as the final counter with a mark of 577.
The air rifle lineup looked a little different, with Claire O’Neel serving as a counter in place of Buesseler. She and fellow sophomore Derting fired 589s. Zakrzeski posted a mark of 593 and Walsh followed just a point behind to wrap up scoring for the counters. As a team, Ole Miss fired a score of 2374 in the discipline.
Buesseler and freshman Martina Gratz posted air rifle scores of 593 and 592, respectively, although their marks didn’t factor into the team scoring. Gratz’s score also eclipsed her career-high set on Nov. 17, 2020.
“With each match this team continues to grow and progress,” said Beasley. “The opportunity to compete in a tournament with 40 competitors was valuable experience for us, and we will take what we learned and apply it in future matches.” 
Akron finished with a team score of 4660 (2306 in smallbore and 2354 in air rifle). Kayla Andreoli paced the Zips with an 1166. The Midshipmen all shot on the second relay, firing a team score of 4646 (2300 in smallbore and 2346 in air rifle).
Also shooting in the match were the Mountaineers, who Ole Miss will take on tomorrow. West Virginia and Navy shot for their official GARC match, with WVU winning 4734-4646. That top-four GARC matchup between the Rebels and Mountaineers will begin at 7 a.m. CT.
For more information on Ole Miss rifle, follow the Rebels on Facebook (OleMissRifle), Twitter (@OleMissRifle), Instagram (@OleMissRifle) and at OleMissSports.com.

Sporting Clays at Ray’s Place near Booneville, MS (photo credit Lisa Grooms)



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