The Lyon College Shooting Sports Program, formerly known as the Lyon College Trap Team, is an independent student organization that participates in multiple clay target disciplines, including Bunker Trap, American/International Trap, American/International Skeet, Sporting Clay, and 5-stand. The program was established in 2014, and the 10 members coached by Neal Ballard and assistant coach Randy Lamons practice at the Paul H. "Rocky" Wilmuth Shooting Sports Complex north of Batesville. Thanks to a grant from the National Rifle Association, practice shells are provided for the team. As many incoming and potentional freshmen have inquired about opportunities at Lyon in shooting sports, the program would like to offer athletic scholarships.
Lyon Trap Invitational: Hosted competition in fall 2014 for Arkansas colleges, other participants were University of the Ozarks, Arkansas State University, and University of Arkansas Community College at Hope. The Lyon team placed second.
2015 Arkansas Collegiate Championship, Tiller, AR: Placed third overall in each category (Bunker Trap, American Trap, Skeet, 5-stand).
2015 ACUI Collegiate Clay Target Championship, San Antonio, TX: National competition, Lyon reached a three-way tie for third place in Division 3 (out of 36 colleges). Zach Lillard, a student who passed away in June 2015, was a key player in the win.
2015 AIM Grand National Championship, Sparta, IL: Lyon won Junior Gold Class B in the Singles Competiton.
The Shooting Sports program sponsored and hosted several Arkansas Youth Shooting Sports Program (AYSSP) tournaments for high school students in the Batesville area. After team member Zach Lillard passed away, the team hosted the first annual Zachary "Kern" Lillard Memorial Trap Tournament, raising more than $10,000 for the scholarship fund set up in his memory.
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