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Marksmanship: Clarence Van Camp going out 'with a bang'

Shooter wraps up career with strong showing

Aug. 14, 2014   | 
Clarence Van Camp
Clarence Van Camp

Clarence Van Camp has had a good run as a young marksman, and he is determined to end it on a high note.

He placed in seven events at the 2014 Academic, Integrity and Marksmanship Grand Nationals in Sparta, Illinois.

“He had an outstanding shoot,” his father and coach, Vaughn Van Camp, said Thursday. “This is the last year he will be shooting as a youth shooter. He shot in seven events and placed in all seven, which was just outstanding to see and be a part of.”

The younger Van Camp, who is 24, was the Class B overall champion, the Class C champion in doubles and also the champion of the International Wobble event.

His team from the Huron Pointe Sportsman’s Association in Lenox Township placed second overall nationally. It included fellow local talents Jeremy Reynolds, Jacob Kain and Bryan Busemann of Richmond along with Ben Wallace of Port Huron.

Combined, they hit 958 of 1,000 targets.

“I thought it was awesome,” Van Camp said. “We had some unexpected surprises. For my team, we weren’t expecting to be overall runnerup. We were expecting to be class champions.

“It was rather awesome. I wish I had another year to go out and see if we could do better. But it’s nice to go out with a bang.”

Van Camp plans one more outing as an amateur shooter. He will travel to Ohio next month for an international competition.

What’s next?

“I’m thinking about going back out there not as a shooter, but as a coach,” he said of his future plans. “I want to help my team be the best they can be.”

Contact Joseph Hayes at (810) 989-6268 or at jahayes@gannett.com. Follow him on Twitter @jhayes1136.