Camden 4-H Shooting Sports Team Advances to State Level Competition!

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It is a nice September morning with the breeze coming off the Scuppernong River and Bulls Bay in Columbia, NC. Seventeen Camden County youth, along with parents and supporters arrive bright and early to begin their day at the first ever Eastern Regional 4-H Shooting Sports Tournament held at the Eastern 4-H Center in Columbia, NC. Approximately 180 youth, ages 9 to 18, from the Northeast and Southeast Cooperative Extension Districts (which is made up of 40 counties) were on site to compete in the shooting disciplines of shotgun, rifle (open and telescopic sights), archery (compound and recurve), air rifle, air pistol, and muzzleloader. Competition started right at 9 a.m. and went on past 7 p.m. on Saturday, September 7th.

 Camden County was well represented by 17 youth who made up 2 junior teams, 1 junior individual, 1 senior team, and 2 senior individuals. The top 5 individuals, along with the top 2 teams, and then 5 remaining individual qualifiers will move on to the NC 4-H State Shooting Sports Competition to be held at the Millstone 4-H Center in Ellerbe, NC on Saturday, September 28th. 4-H & Family Consumer Science Extension Agent, Danelle Barco stated, “We are extremely pleased to have 10 Camden County youth qualify for state contest. All of these youth work very hard and have practiced many, many hours to fine-tune their shooting sports skills. Our adult volunteers have also put in many hours with these youth and without the adult volunteers, the Camden County 4-H Shooting Sports Team would be non-existent. But our 4-H’ers are definitely appreciative of their time and support.”

 Representing the Camden County 4-H Shooting Sports Team at the state level is:

  • Senior Shotgun – Ronnie Gillikin
  • Senior Rifle (Open Sights) – Mark Brothers, Carson Krainiak, and Mickey Lilley
  • Junior Rifle (Sporter) – Beau Smith, Camden Junior Team (Ashton Overton, Tyler Kelley, & Sarah Margaret Andrews)
  • Junior Archery (Compound) – Logan Munro
  • Senior Air Rifle – Joel Woods
  • Senior Muzzleloader – Carson Krainiak

“Shooting Sports teaches a youth more than just how to successfully and safely shoot a firearm or bow. These youth have gained leadership skills, responsibility, critical thinking, respect for self and others, dedication, hard work, communication, problem solving, personal safety, self-discipline, self-motivation, and teamwork skills. These are important skills that each of these 4-H’ers will carry on with them throughout life and will help to make them productive citizens along the way. Our 4-H shooting sports program has also built amazing youth and adult mentorships. The youth look up to the adult volunteers who assist them at each practice and have grown to respect each other. 4-H is an awesome catalyst to bring youth and adults together in a safe environment,” stated Barco. Barco also stated she would like to recognize the sponsors of the shooting sports team. 2013 Sponsors are:  Gale Force Guns of Moyock, Powell’s Roadside Market of Moyock, Albemarle Septic Service of Camden, Shiloh Shopping Center of Shiloh, South Mills Church of Christ, and Dismal Swamp Designs of South Mills. Barco also said she was looking for more sponsorships to come through to assist with the cost of registration and travel to the state tournament.

For more information about the Camden 4-H Shooting Sports Team or about 4-H in general, contact the N.C. Cooperative Extension Center at 252-331-7630.DSC_5047

Front row, Left to Right – Ashton Overton, Luke Durden, Beau Smith, Cody Copeland, Walker Krainiak, Logan Munro. Second Row, Left to Right – Danelle Barco, Mark Brothers, Tyler Kelley, Sarah Margaret Andrews, Gary Barco, Mickey Lilley. Third Row, Left to Right – Mike Copeland, Josh Wood, Paxtin Powell, Derick Thomas, Carson Krainiak, Ronnie Gillikin, Mike Andrews. NOT PICTURED:  Youth: Jon Thomas & Joel Woods. Adult Volunteers/Coaches: Mark Durden, Ross Munro, Al Wood, Christian Overton, Roger Morgan, Hillary Morgan.

To view official results click HERE.