Submitted by Jeannie Campbell
The Henry County Sharpshooters YHEC team traveled to Jabez May 24-25 to compete for the state championship and returned the senior division trophy to Henry County for the second straight year.
The Youth Hunter Education Challenge tests the participants not only in shooting events, but also in safety and overall knowledge of hunting skills. Events at the state competition were shotgun, muzzleloader, archery, light hunting rifle, safety trail, orienteering, wildlife identification and hunter responsibility exam. YHEC is considered the elite program in shooting sports because participants must compete in every event, each worth 300 points.
The senior team dominated their division, beating rival Nelson County by more than 1,700 points. Team members were Jordan Campbell, Jacob Yount, Justin Yount, Blake Jones, and Devin Hagan. Teams are determined by the top five overall scores.
In his final competition, Senior co-captain Jordan Campbell was high overall senior for the second straight year with a score of 1885. He won four of the eight events: Orienteering, hunter responsibility exam, wildlife ID and muzzleloader, in which he scored a perfect 300.
Jacob Yount, the other co-captain in his final competition, finished a close second and won the archery competition with a score of 288 and safety trail with a score of 285. He also received the prestigious Bobby Crowe Memorial Award for his leadership and commitment to the shooting sports program.
Campbell is the last remaining member of the original Henry County team, which father, Dennis, helped start eight years ago. Yount joined the team the following year. Both are certified junior coaches and will continue with the team as adult coaches. They also compete on the UK Shotgun Team, along with Connor Toole, another former team member.
Devin Hagan won the shotgun event with a score of 240. This was the first 240 ever scored in the history of the state YHEC event, which earned him the Expert designation. He finished fourth overall.
Justin Yount placed third overall in the senior division.
The Junior team finished second in their division by a narrow margin. Team members were Colt McGuire, Dylan Rankin, Matthew Sharp, Jacob Wilson and Greyson Beatty.
Colt McGuire turned in a solid performance and was the high overall junior with a score of 1816. He also won the muzzleloader competition with a score of 275.
Dylan Rankin won the archery competition and the rifle competition. Jacob Wilson placed fourth overall in the junior division.
Coach Dennis Campbell was pleased with the results. “Our junior team is young but they’ve worked hard and shown a huge amount of improvement during this season,” he said. “I can’t help but be impressed by all our guys and couldn’t be more proud.”