N.D. 4-H Spring Shooting Sports Match winners named

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Teams from Ramsey, Morton, Emmons and Stark-Billings counties (N.D.) won first-place honors in the 4-H Spring Shooting Sports State Match held May 4 and 5 at the North Dakota 4-H Camp near Washburn, N.D.

The match was attended by 247 4-H’ers in 3-D archery, with 36 also participating in air rifle. This is one of two matches in which senior age division participants may compete to qualify for the 2014 4-H National Invitational Match in air rifle, archery or shotgun events.

Beginners participated in a 40-shot bench-rest competition in air rifle. The junior and senior teams competed in a three-position (prone, kneeling and standing) event, performing 20 shots in each position. Each shot has a value of 10 points for a total score of 600 in the three-position match and 400 in the bench rest.

The Ramsey County team of Wyatt Zeigler, Hunter Brown and Mason Hanson was the top team in the masters air rifle division, with a score of 1,354. Hanson was the top shooter, with 462 out of a possible 600 points. This team will participate in the 4-H National Invitational in Grand Island, Neb., in June.

Masters level participants are past participants in a national match or those who already have qualified to participate in a national match. They are not eligible to qualify a second time to attend a national match in the same discipline, but they may compete at the state match at the master’s level.

No senior teams competed in this event. Brogen Dehne of Stutsman County was the top senior, with a score of 315.

Junior division air rifle champions were Brandon Alexander, Maria del Rosa-Nieves and Keaton Nelsen from Ramsey County, with a score of 1,244. Rosa-Nieves was the top scorer with 485.

The Ramsey County beginner team of Brayden Gerhardt, Barret Conner, Jenna Gerhardt and Jacob Vaagen was the top team with a score of 1,000. Jenna Gerhardt was top scorer with 352.

The 3-D archery event consisted of bare-bow compound/recurve and freestyle compound/recurve divisions. Participants scored 30 3-D animal targets, with one arrow shot at each, for a complete round and total score of 300. The yardages were marked and adjusted for participants’ age, with seniors shooting a maximum of 50 yards, juniors 35 yards and beginners 25 yards.

Ramsey County masters level members Kody Durbin, Michael Bischoff, Mason Hanson and Greg Fritz competed in 3-D freestyle archery. Durbin had the top score with 247. Bischoff finished second, with Fritz third. Their combined team score was 677. This team also will compete in the 2013 National 4-H Invitational Match.

An Emmons County team won the senior freestyle archery competition with a score of 700. Team members were Erik Holzer, Austyn Henderson, Garrett Roemmich and Ryan Kelsh. Holzer was the top scorer, with 257 out of a possible 300 points.

The Morton County junior division team of Tanner Bitz, Adam Boehm, Colton Marquardt and Jacob Kinnischtzke secured first place in the freestyle team event with a score of 664. Boehm was the high scorer with 252.

Bare-bow junior division honors went to the Morton County team of Tyler Schmidt, Russel Koch and Clayton Fried. Koch was the top shot in bare-bow compound with 174.

The Stark-Billings County senior team of Quad Larsen, Justin Huizinga, Nicolas Huizinga and Alex Knopik scored 991 to take top honors in the pilot match of World Archery field archery. Larsen had the top score, with 381 out of 520 possible points.

The Ramsey County freestyle beginner team of Jacob Vaagen, Collin Rude and Thomas Graue was the top team in that division, with a score of 605. Kaden Germandson of McLean County was the top scorer with 267.

The Wells County beginner team of Harry Lies, Seth Iverson, Tyler Weisser and Garin Opdahl took top honors in the beginner bare-bow division with a score of 380. Opdahl was the beginner bare-bow high scorer with 182.