Two Gardner kids and one Edgerton kid earned a team state BB gun title earlier this month. Chase Eccles, 12 of Gardner; Olivia Rogers, 14 of Gardner; and Ryan Savage, 13 of Edgerton; competed as part of a five member Johnson County K-State Research and Extension 4-H BB gun squad. The squad, which included Kyleigh Haun, Olathe; and Ethan Wheeler, De Soto; competed at the Kansas 4-H Shooting Sports State Match on April 12 in Alma, Kan.
In total, 13 Johnson County 4-H members participated in the event. In addition to the BB gun squad’s first place finish, Johnson County’s Air Rifle Squad took fourth place, with five of six shooters setting new personal best records for overall aggregate scores. Air rifle squad members included Ethan Eccles, 15 of Gardner; Kenton Smith, 14 of Shawnee; Wheeler: Brenna Zimmerman, 15 of De Soto; and Bryce Zimmerman, 17 of De Soto.
Other individual honors included:
* Ryan Savage’s new personal best of 386 points earned him silver medals across the board in all four positions, and a gold medal in overall aggregate score. It also earned him the honor of Top Shot among all shooters statewide for the day in BB gun.
* Kyleigh Haun turned in a new personal best of 97 points in the kneeling position to bring home a bronze medal in that position, and took fourth in the sitting position in BB gun in the Senior Division.
* Sadie Bird, 11, Kansas City, took a gold medal in the standing position and a silver medal in overall aggregate score. Sadie’s total aggregate 369 was her new personal best.
* Chase Eccles earned a bronze medal in the prone position and a bronze medal in overall aggregate score in the Junior Division.
* Ben Rogers, 10, Gardner, took first in Junior prone and second in sitting in BB gun.
* Bryce Zimmerman took fourth in Senior Division standing and third overall for Air Rifle. In doing so, he earned an automatic invitation to the 4-H Shooting Sports Nationals this summer in Nebraska.