Successful 2018 for 4H shooting sports
Pierce County 4H Shooting Sports had a very successful season in 2018. The program increased from thirty to fifty participants this year!
One night a week from January through March, 4H’ers and their instructors met at the armory to shoot archery and air rifle. The program is open to all skill levels and youth are welcome to bring their own archery equipment. Youth do not have to be involved in traditional 4H to participate, but it is encouraged. The age requirements are 8 years old as of January 1st through seniors in high school. Participants are encouraged to attend various competitions across the state but it is not required.
Some very talented youth participated in indoor competitions this past winter. Jaxon Heilman took first place in the beginner freestyle archery at the Southeast District Match in Fargo and in the Northwest District Match in Minot and was the state beginner freestyle indoor champion! Lucas Wentz took first place in the beginner freestyle archery at the Northeast District Match in Cando and second place in the Northwest District Match in Minot and took third place in the beginner freestyle indoor state championship!
The beginner age level is for ages 8-10, the junior age level is 11-13, and the senior age level is 14-18. Beginners and Juniors shoot a total of 30 arrows, 5 at a time, at a target of 15 yards. The targets are scored 0-5. Seniors shoot a total of 60 arrows, 5 at a time, at a target of 20 yards. The targets are scored 0-5. A freestyle bow uses sights to aid the shooter and a bare bow does not.
The beginner team of Jaxon, Lucas, Luke Arnston and Livvy Johnson took first place in the beginner freestyle Northeast District Competition in Minot.
Participants in the Northeast District Match:
Beginner: Lucas Wentz took first place with a score of 123 of 150.
Junior: Zach Jaeger (11th place 122 of 150), Ryleigh Keating (18th place 107 of 150), and Rylee Geiszler (28th place 86 of 150)
Hudson Hooker competed as a senior and received 6th place with a score of 244 of 300.
Participant in the Southwest District Match:
Beginner bare bow: Alyssa Peterson (26th place 85 of 300)
Participants in the Southeast District Match:
Beginner: Jaxon Heilman took first place with a score of 131 of 150.
Junior: Rylee Geiszler (25th place 117 of 150)
Participants in the Northwest District Match:
Beginner: Jaxon Heilman took first place with a score of 134 of 150, Lucas Wentz took 2nd place with a score of 133 of 150, Luke Arnston (7th place 102 of 150), Livvy Johnson (10th place 89 of 150)
Beginner bare bow: Alyssa Peterson (10th place 172 of 300)
Junior: Zach Jaeger (21st place 127 of 150), Rylee Geiszler (28th place 121 of 150), Ryleigh Keating (31st place 115 of 150), Monica Yoder (32nd place 114 of 150), Megan Schmaltz (35th place 111 of 150), Asher Gross (46th place 95 of 150)
Senior: Hudson Hooker took 19th place with a score of 234 of 300.
Participants in the Indoor State Archery Championships:
Beginner: Jaxon Heilman took first place with a combined score of 403 of 450 and Lucas Wentz took third place with a combined score of 389 of 450.
Junior: Zach Jaeger took 25th place with a combined score of 368 of 450.
Carter Teigen competed in the Ramsey County 4H air rifle match and in the North Dakota State 4H air rifle match where he scored 5th place in the beginner division shooting at 86%. The matches consist of 60 shots at 10 meters for a beginner in various positions such as sitting at a bench rest, kneeling, standing, and lying prone.
Thank you to all of the volunteer instructors and parents that make Pierce County Shooting Sports possible! Look for information this fall about sign up or contact Yolanda at the Pierce County Extension office at 776-6234 ext. 5 for more information.
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