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Mississippi College Hosts Sporting Clay Shoot

Sporting clays at Providence Hill Farm

Chance Easterling enjoys the challenges of being a member of Mississippi College’s sporting clay shooting team.

The 19-year-old MC student from Pelahatchie wouldn’t have it any other way.

As a student-athlete competing on the MC squad, “it’s provided me with a tremendous opportunity to grow in my shooting abilities,” Easterling says. Chance began clay shooting as a ten-year-old boy.

Look for Easterling, a business administration major, and teammates to hit the road to San Antonio to the national collegiate championships the week of March 26. The MC students will take their skills to the 50th annual championships of the Association of College Unions International.

College teams across the USA with strength in skeet and trap shooting range from Duke University in North Carolina to Iowa State. Other squads include: Texas Christian University, Kansas State, Eastern Kentucky, Colorado State and George Mason University in Virginia.

The sporting clay team at MC competes in local, regional and national tournaments. Each year, the Blue & Gold team selects the top five shooters.

Other members of the MC team this year include: seniors Skyler Burks, Alan Cupit and Hayden Speed, and junior Chandler Brown.

The season really doesn’t end for the MC team at the nationals in Texas.

Mississippi College will host the 9th annual Sporting Clay Shoot to benefit the university’s team at their headquarters, 2,000-acre Providence Hill Farm.

The event on April 19 begins with registration and lunch at 11:30 a.m. followed by the shoot at 1 p.m. Teams of five are welcome to sign up. Individuals will also be placed in groups of five for the shoot.

Prizes will be awarded that spring day to each member of the top five teams.

The event is a terrific opportunity for “shooters of all skill levels to enjoy the beautiful scenery and meet college students who are nationally competitive,” says Mississippi College administrator Jim Turcotte.

The vice president for enrollment services and dean of students, Turcotte oversees the sporting clays squad, the equestrian team, bass fishing and archery at Mississippi College. All four of the student programs are club sports at the Baptist-affiliated university.

For more information on the 2018 fundraising event at Providence Hill Farm, contact Jim Turcotte at 601-925-3809 or