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'Poston Cup' recognizes Chattanooga shooting family

Grayson Robinson (left) is the first-ever recipient of the Poston Cup, and award named in honor of Chattanooga's Carl Poston, Sr. and his family - sometime referred to as "Tennessee's First Family of Skeet." Robinson is pictured with Andrew Peercy, who heads up the Tennessee Scholastic Clay Target Program on behalf of the Tennessee Wildlife Federation. (Photo: Contributed)

The Tennessee Wildlife Federation has announced a new award in scholastic shooting sports, named in honor of Chattanooga's Carl Poston, Sr. and his family.

The Poston Cup is awarded to the Tennessee Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) athlete who achieves the highest skeet score at the National Championships.

The award was established as a way to continue the legacy of the Poston family - including Carl Poston, Sr., and his family, Martha Poston, Linda Poston Jaffrey, Carl Poston, Jr., and Nancy Poston Hazelwood. The family has been called Tennessee "First Family of Skeet."

The first recipient of the Poston Cup was Grayson Robinson, a 12th grade student from Brownsville, Tenn.

Carl Poston, Sr. passed away in 2009 while on a pheasant hunting trip in South Dakota. He was well known throughout the country, and his name became synonymous with skeet shooting in Tennessee. Poston began skeet shooting while serving in the U.S. Army Air Corps overseas. During his 20 years of military service, Poston honed his skills and was instrumental in organizing and conducting the Armed Forces Skeet Championships. His team set world records and he won numerous world and state shooting titles.

After retiring from the military, Poston returned to Chattanooga. The family owned and operated the Moccasin Bend and Montlake Shooting Centers. He began mentoring youth and adults and, within a few years, there were several All-American and World Champion skeet shooters in the state. He also taught gun safety to thousands of Tennessee school children, many of whom later took up skeet shooting.

In Poston was inducted into the National Skeet Shooting Association Hall of Fame, Armed Forces Skeet Association Hall of Fame, Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame, and Chattanooga Area Sports Hall of Fame. He is also a recipient of the Nesbitt State Award and the National Ray Boller Shooting Award for his contributions to the sport of skeet shooting.

Poston's son, Carl Jr., also earned prestigious titles in the sport, including 1973 World International Skeet Champion, 1980 Olympic Team Alternate, and several national and international titles. He is an inductee in the Armed Forces Skeet Association Hall of Fame and the Chattanooga Area Sports Hall of Fame. Carl. Jr. is an active member of the Highland Sportsman Club in Hixson.

“The Poston family has created and continued a legacy of excellence, particularly in skeet shooting. The elder Poston was instrumental to fostering and growing shooting sports in Chattanooga and throughout Tennessee. It’s a real privilege to watch the Poston family share their family traditions with rising generations of Tennessee SCTP athletes,” said Andrew Peercy, Tennessee SCTP manager.

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