December 22, 2014

County sports rifle team competes at nationals

Shooting Stars member Bryce Zimmerman is shown during the Small bore rifle competition. Photo courtesy of Ethan Wheeler

Shooting Stars member Bryce Zimmerman is shown during the Small bore rifle competition. Photo courtesy of Ethan Wheeler

Ethan Wheeler
Club reporter
The Johnson County Shooting Sports Rifle Team made a return to the Daisy National BB Gun Championship Match held June 29 – 30 in Rogers, Ark.  The Daisy Nationals is the largest national 5-meter BB gun match in the nation.   A record number of 54 teams from all over the United States competed at the 5-meter match this year. The Johnson County team members were Irene Bird, Ethan Eccles, Amy Ullrich, Emma Ullrich, and Daniel Smith. Alternates were Justine Wheeler and Chase Zimmerman. Competing individually were Kyleigh Haun, Kenton Smith, Ethan Wheeler and Brenna Zimmerman.  The team competed against the best shooters in the Nation for medals and national records.   They shoot Daisy’s AVANTI Champion single shot BB guns, described as the most accurate BB gun in the world.
There were many highlights of this year’s team including team alternate Chase Zimmerman who placed fourth in the nation for shooting in the prone position after a three-way tie for second place was broken on the basis of one point on a single target.
Last year’s team member Ethan Wheeler, who participated in a special Champion’s event hosted for the previous year’s team members, received a gold medal for overall score and a bronze in both the standing and kneeling positions.
Also participating in the special invitational for last year’s champions was Kyleigh Haun who received a gold medal in the kneeling position and a bronze medal for overall score.
Overall Johnson County placed 32nd.  The Palmyra, Penn., team took the Gold medal with two South Dakota teams taking Silver and Bronze Highlights of the Daisy match included:
• Team alternate Chase Z. placed fourth in the nation for shooting in the prone position after a three-way tie for second place was broken on the basis of one point on a single target.
• Last year’s team member Ethan W., participating in a special event hosted for the previous year’s team members, received a gold medal for overall score and a bronze in both the standing and kneeling positions.
• Also participating in the special invitational for last year’s champions, Kyleigh received a gold medal in the kneeling position and a bronze medal for overall score.
Highlights of the Daisy match included:
• Team alternate Chase Z. placed fourth in the nation for shooting in the prone position after a three-way tie for second place was broken on the basis of one point on a single target.
• Last year’s team member Ethan W., participating in a special event hosted for the previous year’s team members, received a gold medal for overall score and a bronze in both the standing and kneeling positions.
• Also participating in the special invitational for last year’s champions, Kyleigh received a gold medal in the kneeling position and a bronze medal for overall score.Highlights of the Daisy match included:
• Team alternate Chase Z. placed fourth in the nation for shooting in the prone position after a three-way tie for second place was broken on the basis of one point on a single target.
• Last year’s team member Ethan W., participating in a special event hosted for the previous year’s team members, received a gold medal for overall score and a bronze in both the standing and kneeling positions.
• Also participating in the special invitational for last year’s champions, Kyleigh received a gold medal in the kneeling position and a bronze medal for overall score.Highlights of the Daisy match included:
• Team alternate Chase Z. placed fourth in the nation for shooting in the prone position after a three-way tie for second place was broken on the basis of one point on a single target.
• Last year’s team member Ethan W., participating in a special event hosted for the previous year’s team members, received a gold medal for overall score and a bronze in both the standing and kneeling positions.
• Also participating in the special invitational for last year’s champions, Kyleigh received a gold medal in the kneeling position and a bronze medal for overall score.

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