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Sharp Shooters win big at state 4-H Champs

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By The Staff

The Henry County 4H Sharpshooters traveled to Wilmore and Berea on Sept. 20-21 to compete at the 4-H State Shooting Sports Championships and came away with big wins.  The end-of-the season competition was open to competitors from across the state, and Henry took first place in three categories as well as individual awards.

Over 600 shooters participated in the archery competition, with Justin Yount winning first place in Target Class and also taking second place in Bowhunter Class in the 9-11 age category.  For his first-place win, he received the championship trophy as well as a personalized State Champion jacket. 

In the archery 12-14 age category, the Henry team dominated both classes, taking first place in both.  The Bowhunter Class winning team consisted of Alex Day, Jacob Yount, Andrew Pollard, and Jordan Campbell, with a score of 286 out of a possible 300 points. Day, Yount, and Campbell were also members of the winning Target Class team and were joined by James Pollard, with a winning score of 282 points. Archers are required to take 15 shots at distances of 10, 15, and 20 yards. 

For the second year in a row, the team walked away with first place in Blackpowder Percussion Rifle. The winning team consisted of Alex Day, Jacob Yount, Andrew Pollard, and Jordan Campbell. Shooters are required to load their guns and make five scoring shots in 25 minutes. 

The team is actively recruiting new members for next season. Any resident of Henry County between the ages of 9-18 is eligible to participate. Disciplines included in the program are Shotgun, Rifle, Pistol, Blackpowder, Archery, and Hunter Challenge. The main goal of the program is youth development through safe and responsible use of firearms and archery equipment.

For more information about participating in the 4-H Shooting Sports program, contact the Henry County Extension Office.