The Ellis County Shooting Sports 4-H Club coached 18 youth to the State 4-H Shooting Sports Games in San Antonio at the National Shooting Complex the week of July 14-20.
Shooters competed in a variety of archery and shotgun events and learned much about sportsmanship, camaraderie and rules and techniques for many shooting games.
“It was a busy week, but it was exciting watching the youth persevere through challenges, great sportsmanship and we have no regrets going to it,” 4-H club manager and coach Shannon Edwards said. “We learned lots of new things. Our group has amazing parents that are very supportive and helpful.”
Ellis County kids coming home with awards included 11-year-old Red Oak native Casan Mahone, who earned first place in the Lewis class for Whiz Bang, a shotgun event. Maypearl native Matt Dawson, 17, won third place in Modified 600, an archery event.
“I was amazed at how nice the people were and how helpful they were. I also learned about the different scoring procedures,” Dawson said. “I definitely want to go back next year and compete in all of the archery events. I appreciate them making my first experience at 4-H State a good one.”
Waxahachie native Ben Terry, 16, who is the incoming 4-H County Council President, also enjoyed the competition and learned more about archery and shotgun.
“I learned more about the appropriate stances for sporting clays, not to raise my head off the gun when I shoot,” Terry said. “Another thing our coaches really focus on teaching us is sportsmanship and to always be respectful.”
Junior shooter Bryce Winfield, 10, from Midlothian, is now hooked on archery.
“The most challenging thing for me this week was the difficult 3D course with a lot of long shots. I learned that there were a lot of kids with the same interest in archery as me,” Winfield said. “I want to go back next year and compete in all of the archery events again plus I would like to learn how to shoot shotgun and rifle before next year.”
The club would like to thank their very generous sponsors that helped make it possible for these 4-Hers to compete at state. They include AmeriCase, Pro Am Clays Association, Inc., AmeriGrafix, Inc., Village Fair Car Wash- Wayne Johnston, Sherry & Randall Brooks, and Charles Hubbard.
The new 4-H year will begin Aug. 15 with online enrollment. For more information about becoming involved in the Ellis County program you may contact the local county extension agent office, or call Edwards at 301-357-0275.
The club is hosting a 3D Archery Tournament on Sept. 7 and a Shotgun Fun Shoot on Oct. 5 at the Ellis County Sportsman’s Club.
The following are the 4-Hers that represented Ellis County 4-H and the events they competed in:
Colt Cottongame- 3D Archery, Field Archery, All shotgun events (Sporting Clays, American Skeet, International Skeet, Whiz Bang, American Trap, Modified Trap)
Hunter Hinz- 3D Archery, Sporting Clays, American Skeet, International Skeet, and Whiz Bang
Casan Mahone- 3D Archery, Sporting Clays, American Skeet, International Skeet, and Whiz Bang
Marcus Morado- 3D Archery, Sporting Clays, American Skeet, International Skeet, and Whiz Bang
Bryce Winfield- 3D Archery, Field Archery, and Modified 600 Archery
Brendan Eaglen- American Skeet, American Trap and Sporting Clays
Marcus Edwards- Sporting Clays, American Skeet and International Trap
Michael Edwards- 3D Archery, Field Archery, Whiz Bang, Modified Trap, and American Trap
Rob Jenson- 3D Archery and Field Archery
Cade Mahone- 3D Archery, Whiz Bang, Sporting Clays, American Skeet and American Trap
Will Perry- American Skeet, American Trap, Whiz Bang and Sporting Clays
Gordon Scott- Sporting Clays, American Skeet, and American Trap
David Terry- 3D Archery, Sporting Clays, American Skeet, and International Skeet
Garrett Yarbrough- American Skeet, American Trap, and Sporting Clays
Ben Terry- Field Archery, 3D Archery, Sporting Clays, Whiz Bang, American Trap, and International Trap
Matt Dawson- Field Archery, 3D Archery, Clout Archery, Modified 600 Archery, and Wand Archery
Hunter Garcia- Sporting Clay, American Skeet, American Trap and Whiz Bang
Lindsey Williams- Sporting Clays, American Skeet, American Trap and Whiz Bang