Top notch shooters from the Iron County 4-H Club in Arcadia Valley recently competed at the Southeast 4-H Regional Shooting Sports Invitational. The event was held on Saturday, June 18, at the Missouri Department of Conservation Apple Creek Shooting Range in Pocahontas, Mo., with 64 participating youth ranging in age from 8 to 18 years old. This year’s competition included youth representing four counties – Carter, Cape Girardeau, Iron, and Perry. Iron County was represented by 17 youth who all placed in different events.
The six disciplines offered during the event were archery, air pistol, smallbore pistol, air rifle, smallbore rifle, and shotgun. The youth were able to register to compete in more than one shooting discipline during the contest. This year’s top shooters from Iron County were:
- Archery Compound Finger Release Junior Level – 1st place Lola Sayles, 2nd place Maxwell Anderson, 3rd place Sawyer Thurston.
Archery Compound Finger Release Intermediate Level—1st place Ksenia Anderson, 2nd place C.J. Ladd, 3rd place Gideon Neusbaum, and 5th place Jaice Reichard
Archery Compound Finger Release Senior Level—1st place Donovan Bickel, 2nd place Tucker McDowell, 3rd place Roman Neusbaum.
Archery Compound Release Aid Intermediate Level—3rd place Savanna Sayles, 8th place Bentley Lollar
Archery Compound Release Aid Senior Level—1st place Charles Sayles, 5th place Mary Tevis, 8th place Gabriella Weber
- Shotgun Trap Senior Level—1st place Nate Wadlow, 2nd place Nevaeh Faries, 3rd place Donovan Bickel, 4th place Roman Neusbaum, 5th place (tied) Tucker McDowell, Charles Sayles
This event would not have been possible without the dedication of several area 4-H shooting sports volunteers including Charles Sayles, Archery Instructor and Ronnie Wadlow, Shotgun Instructor. It is through volunteer efforts like these that youth are given a safe, fun, and challenging experience that can become a lifelong passion shared with friends and family. The primary focus of the 4-H Shooting Sports program is the safe and responsible use of firearms and archery equipment. Second to this, youth hone their skills in marksmanship, enjoy opportunities to compete, and learn self-discipline and personal responsibility in the outdoors.
The Iron County 4-H Club is sponsored by many local businesses and individuals who donate time and money to our various programs. The National Rifle Association has given grants totaling over $75,000 to all the Iron County 4-H Clubs, including programs in Annapolis, Ironton, Viburnum and Belleview. To learn more about this program or about other 4-H programs, please contact Brad Coleman, 4-H Field Specialist at (573)747-9253 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also stop by the MU Extension office located at 123 West Wayne Street in Ironton.
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