Pictured left to right are Ethan Wheeler, Deborah Iverson, Kyleigh Haun, Chase Eccles, Daniel Smith, Ethan Eccles, Liza Rogers, Olivia Rogers. Submitted photo
Eight Johnson County 4-H Shooting Sports competitors went to Grand Island, Neb., this summer, attending 4-H Shooting Sports Nationals. Members and teams representing nine disciplines competed against each other as individuals, and as part of the Kansas state team. Teams of four members in each discipline from Kansas were picked from top placing individuals at Kansas 4-H state matches.
Individuals may only participate in a single discipline once at nationals during their 4-H career. Awards were presented for each day, overall discipline winners, and overall team sweepstakes.
Ethan Wheeler helped the small bore rifle team to a third place team award overall. Deborah Iverson was on the Re curve Archery team that finished seventh. Kyleigh Haun helped the Air Rifle team to a second place team award overall. Air Rifle team was coached by Jerry Haun. Chase Eccles earned a sixth place finish in Hunting Skills, and the team placed second overall. Hunting Skills team was coached by Arn Eccles. Daniel Smith earned a second place finish in Air Pistol, and the team placed second overall. Ethan Eccles was on the Small bore pistol team that finished seventh. This was his fifth year at the competition. Small bore Pistol team was coached by Sara Eccles. Liza Rogers placed fourth in Muzzle Loading, Olivia Rogers placed seventh in Muzzle Loading. Muzzle Loading team placed second overall, and was coached by Jason Rogers.
Johnson County 4-H Shooting Sports members accounted for nearly a quarter of the Kansas competitors this year. These eight individuals helped earn Kansas a second place overall in the sweepstakes. There were 712 youth from 36 states participating in this nearly week long event.