2018 NSSA World Skeet Championships

Another great year of skeet culminated at the NSSA World Skeet Championships from September 28 to October 5, 2018 at everyone’s favorite gun club, The National Shooting Complex. Shooters from all over the world flocked to San Antonio for the chance to compete in the biggest skeet shoot of the year. The World events were sponsored by Federal (Doubles) Krieghoff (12 ga.), Browning (20 ga.), White Flyer (28 ga.), Remington (.410 bore), Kolar (450 bird HOA), and Winchester (550 bird HAA). The shoot proved to be a beautiful one full of pleasant surprises.

The forecast predicted heavy rain all week long, especially during the Mini-World, but Mother Nature showed some mercy, and we were left with only a few light rain showers over the duration of the shoot. Shooters were treated to a gorgeous display of thousands of butterflies making their annual migrations south to Mexico. The swarm of butterflies made the targets just a little more difficult to see, as there were quite a few other targets flying past. This forced shooters to take on a whole new level of focus to avoid losing a bird in the butterfly-infested skies. There were definitely some gripes from competitors whose eyes would pick up on the butterflies and, unfortunately, not the target. Regardless, shooters had a fun time at this shoot, as always!

Winners

Butterflies sure didn’t stop the shooters from being on top of their game! There were a total of 268 100 straights over the Mini-World and World event combined. The 2018 Mini World HOA champion is Riley Chaddock with a 399. Chaddock won the two-way shoot-off against Robert Lindley, making Robert the Runner-Up. Mike Schmidt narrowly missed the 1st Place shoot-off with a 397, taking 3rd. In the week-long World shoot, Riley Chaddock and Paul Giambrone tied with a 448 x 450, but Riley again came out on top, taking home a world championship title. Michael Peterson narrowly missed this tough shoot-off with a 447, securing a 3rd Place position.

A big round of applause to Riley Chaddock, securing 1st in both HOA events in the Mini-World and the World. The Kolar 450 HOA winners in their class were Michael Schmidt with a 447 (AAA), Robert La Rue with a 447 as well (AA), Jack Dean with a 444 (A), Victoria Ferchaw with a 435 (B), Dathan Jones with a 428 (C), Bobby Scott with a 404 (D) and Aaron Lang with a 416 (E). Paul and Riley battled it out for first in every gauge except the .410, when a new face, Cody Sergeant, took home his very first world title. He came out on top of a six-way shoot-off for 1st in the .410 bore. Kolar awarded him his championship ring, which is sure to attract many more diamonds in the following years! His black lab Bailey accompanied him on the podium, showing some interest in Cody’s new bling.

Rebecca McCumber won a four-way shoot-off for Ladies HOA champ in the Mini with a 391, followed by Lindsay Plesko and Debbie Pickens. Lindsay Plesko won the Ladies World HOA in the Kolar 450 HOA race handily with a 445, followed by Lauren Burge with a 442 and Bailey Glenewinkel with a 441. Lindsay is no stranger to medaling at this shoot, but this was her first ever Ladies HOA title. Amazing shooting! Another incredible performance was put on by Rebecca McCumber, who had not dropped a single 12-gauge target all year! Sadly, Becky did not go straight at the World in the 12. Nonetheless, it takes a huge amount of focus to shoot a 100, but to do that every single time for each 12-gauge target all year long? Unreal. Incredible shooting!

New Shooter’s Perspective: Ben Martin

Youth shooters are making up a greater percentage of the attendees at skeet shoots, an encouraging statistic for the continuation of the sport. These youth shooters, myself included, all share a passion for this sport and a commitment to the excellence this sport demands. The youth shooters have been doing extremely well, especially first-year shooter Ben Martin, who shot out of his shoes over the weekend. He couldn’t stay for the World Shoot Main Events because of school, but if he had, some heads would have turned. He beat his personal best by five birds, blowing out a 94 in the 12-gauge event. He tied for E Class Third and won his first shoot-off ever! He said he was nervous for the shoot-off, but we all had a hard time believing that, as he executed the pair on Station 3 perfectly. He followed this up in rather impressive fashion; getting into two more shoot-offs and winning both! Ben said, “It was a great experience, and I’m looking forward to next year.” An extra big congratulations to him for overcoming the nerves every new shooter feels at a tournament as big as this one and shooting lights out!

My Perspective

As a second-year shooter, the World Shoot was just as fun, maybe a little more than it was last year. My first year was a blast, but every time I got up to shoot, I was as nervous as I could be. This year I was much more relaxed, and the nerves from last year turned into that exciting rush of adrenaline everyone gets before a shoot. I can’t say for sure, but I have a feeling the rush never truly goes away. You just get better at managing it. This year felt much more laid-back, and I got to spend more time at the complex, talking to more people and exploring more of the shops on Vendor’s Row.

I’ve grown so much as a shooter since last year.  I’ve learned many of the ins and outs of competitive skeet and the mental game. For me, that was the biggest difference. I’ve figured out what it takes for me mentally to get ready to shoot, to recover from a lost bird or other distractions. My mentality has taken me to a next level of shooting, not only score-wise, but also with how much fun I have as well. Last year, I would get into a slump, and my scores would determine my mood, but this year I focus much more on the execution rather than the result. My mentality has changed drastically because of how great the shooting community is to the youth shooters, constantly offering tips and tricks, encouragement and guidance wherever they can. I always appreciate the opportunity to shoot, even if the score wasn’t exactly what I was hoping for because it’s an opportunity to live and learn, and most importantly, to have fun. That’s what this sport is really all about! SS


Sydney Nickel shoots SCTP (Scholastic Clay Target Program) and YESS (Youth Education in Shooting Sports) for her school’s team, the Southlake Carroll Target Team in Southlake, Texas, and registered skeet tournaments. She absolutely loves skeet and the preciseness of the game. She has currently dedicated her life to being the absolute best skeet shooter she can possibly be and sharing her love of the sport with kids younger than herself. She strives to carry on the tradition of excellence skeet demands. As skeet captain for her school’s team, the best part of her day is going to team practices and teaching the incoming 7th and 8th graders how to shoot, how their team functions and drawing them into the family atmosphere they work so hard to foster and protect.

 

SCORES

 

2018 NSSA Main World • Krieghoff 12 Gauge

Paul Giambrone CH 150

Michael Schmidt RU 150

Michael Buttigieg 3rd 150

 

2018 NSSA Main World • Browning 20 Gauge

Paul Giambrone CH 100

Jason Ward RU 100

Dan Jones 3rd 100

 

2018 NSSA Main World • White Flyer 28 Gauge

Riley Chaddock CH 100

Nick Ballentine RU 100

Paul Giambrone 3rd 100

 

2018 NSSA Main World • Remington .410 Bore

Cody Sergeant CH 100

Jimmy Bragg RU 100

David Miles 3rd 100

 

2018 NSSA Main World • Federal Doubles

Paul Giambrone CH 100

David Anderson RU 100

Tyler Birkner 3rd 100

 

2018 NSSA Main World • Kolar 450 HOA

Riley Chaddock CH 448

Paul Giambrone RU 448

Michael Peterson 3rd 447

 

2018 NSSA Main World • Winchester 550 HAA

Paul Giambrone CH 548

Riley Chaddock RU 547

Houston Deshotels 3rd 547

 

2018 NSSA Mini World • Paxton Arms 12 Gauge

Riley Chaddock CH 100

David Blomeyer RU 100

Jack Stockdale 3rd 100

 

2018 NSSA Mini World • Negrini 20 Gauge

Armour Strunk CH 100

Carter Wehrheim RU 100

Riley Chaddock 3rd 100

 

2018 NSSA Mini World • Briley 28 Gauge

Riley Chaddock CH 100

Lauren Burge RU 100

Connor Ball 3rd 100

 

2018 NSSA Mini World • Decot .410 Bore

Sam Armstrong CH 100

Michael Peterson RU 100

Caile Bradham 3rd 100

 

2018 NSSA Mini World • HOA Event

Riley Chaddock CH 399

Robert Lindley RU 399

Michael Schmidt 3rd 398

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