The rain held off just long enough and Tangipahoa Parish young female shooters emerged on the winning side in two of three divisions at the 12th annual Sam Hyde Sr. Youth Skeet Shoot held April 25 at the Skeet Club in Amite.

In the novice division, shooters age 6 to 20 with little or no previous shooting experience competed, a news release said. Riding a strong finish at the final shooting stations, Alexis Kates slipped past Natalie Towne for a win.

In the junior division, Christy Cornwell fended off strong challenges from John Miller Edwards and Karianne Henkel to secure the division championship, with Edwards finishing a close second, the release said.

A large group of young men and women, including a contingent of LSU students, competed in the senior division. Frustrated the past two years by one-shot overtime losses to reigning division champion Carter Capdeboscq, Clay Hyde returned the best performance of the day, hitting 21 of 25 targets to secure the championship. Keaton Biggs followed closely to grab second place, while Chris Connelly came in third.

An awards ceremony and lunch followed the competition.

The youth shoot is held each April as part of the Florida Parishes Skeet and Conservation Association’s efforts to promote gun safety and to expose young people to the thrill of competitive skeet shooting, the release said.

The event is open to children and young adults up to age 24, with entrance to the shoot and lunch provided free to the participants and their families.

For more information on the youth shoot and other programs or events sponsored by the skeet club, contact Sam Hyde Jr. at