2014 N.D. 4-H Spring Shooting Sports Match winners

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Teams from Ramsey, Morton, Emmons and Ward counties won first-place honors in the 4-H Spring Shooting Sports State Match held May 2-4 at the North Dakota 4-H Camp near Washburn.

The match was attended by 233 4-H’ers who competed in 3-D archery. Youth in the senior age division also participated in World Federation field archery to earn the right to go to the 2015 4-H National Invitational. This is one of two matches in which senior age division participants may compete to qualify for the 4-H National Invitational Match in freestyle archery events.

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

The World Federation field archery competition has targets at 30, 40, 50 and 60 meters, with archers shooting 15 arrows each at the 60- and 50-meter distance and 10 arrows each at the 40- and 30-meter range. They shoot a total of 50 arrows in the match for a possible 500 points. The top three scores from each team are used to compute the team score.

An Emmons County team won the senior freestyle archery competition with a combined score of 1,817 points. Team members were Garret Roemmich, Ryan Holzer, Eric Holzer and Austin Henderson.

Morton County team members Adam Boehm, Tanner Bitz, Ethan Wahl and Blake Hensley were second, with a score of 1,685. The Stark/Billings County team of Nicholas Huizinga, Alex Knapik, Kelsey Hibl and Justin Huizinga placed third, scoring 1,676. Nicholas Huizinga was top scorer in the 3-D match with a 225 score and also top in field archery with a score of 407.

Senior bare-bow division individual honors in the 3-D match went to Wells County’s Ethan Opdahl and Eric Hager, who both scored 124. Second place went to Caitlyn Ell from McLean County, who scored 123. Danielle Schuler from Burleigh County and Preston Fettig from Logan County placed third, each scoring 106.

The Morton County team of Connor McGregor, Braeden Kraft, Kinley Hetleved and Jacob Kinnischtzke secured first place in the junior division freestyle event with a score of 702. Hetleved was the high scorer with 260.

Top bare-bow junior division honors went to the Ward County team of Cole Erickson, Thomas Schauer and Denver Buck with a score of 383. The top junior bare-bow archer was Erickson with a score of 162.

The Ramsey County freestyle beginner team of Bridger Wayman, Barrett Connor, Malcom Stubbe and Thomas Graue took first place with a score of 537. Nathan Holzer of Emmons County was the top freestyle archer with a score of 216.

The Ramsey County team of Gage Meyers, Collin Lee, Trace Yoder and Shyla Haak took top honors in the beginner bare-bow division with a score of 390. Meyers was the beginner bare-bow high scorer with 140.