2014 4-H Summer Shooting Sports match winners named
Teams from Ramsey and Morton counties won first-place honors in the 4-H Summer Shooting Sports State Match held Aug. 9 and 10 in Bismarck.
The shotgun events were held at Capitol City Trap and Capitol City Sporting Clays. Field archery was at the Nishu Bowmen Archery Range.
This is the third of three matches in which participants could compete to qualify for the 2015 4-H National Invitational Match in Grand Island, Neb., June 21-26. Archery qualifying matches are 3-D, World Federation Field Archery and National Field Archery Association field archery.
The summer state match was attended by 95 archers in field archery. All archers shot four arrows at 14 field archery targets. The yardages were marked and age adjusted, with seniors shooting a distance from 6 yards to a maximum of 60 yards, juniors to a maximum of 35 yards and beginners to a maximum of 25 yards. A total of 280 points was possible. Team scores in 4-H are computed by calculating the top three scores in a four-person team.
The field archery event consisted of three age divisions with bare bow, freestyle compound and recurve archery divisions.
The Morton County team of Tanner Bitz, Ethan Wahl, Colton Marquardt and Blake Hensley was the top team in the senior freestyle division with a combined 678 points. Reid Fossen from Stutsman County was the top archer with a score of 241.
The Emmons County senior team is the state champion and has qualified for the national competition by achieving the highest combined team score in the three archery events. The team members are Ryan Holzer, Eric Holzer, Garret Roemmich and Austyn Henderson. The top three team members will be teamed with Nicholas Huizinga of Stark/Billings County, the senior state champion who has the option of joining the team.
Ethan Opdahl from Morton County topped the senior bare bow division, with Eric Hager second and Tyler Schimdt third.
The Morton County team of Kinley Hetlevedt, Connor McGregor, Braeden Kraft and Dawson Mills was top team in the junior freestyle division. Kraft was the top scorer with 265.
Bare bow junior division top honors went to the Clay Feland of Burleigh County, with Chance Larson of Emmons County second and Dominque Braun of McIntosh County third. Feland was the top bare bow archer with a 195 score.
The Morton County team of Kaleb Johnson, Ben Ciaverlla, Kylie Thompson and Gannon McGregor took top honors in the beginner freestyle division. Thomas Graue from Ramsey County was top scorer with 250.
The Morton County team of Savanna Lebrun, Colton Hoiby and Dominic Fleck took top honors in the beginner bare bow division. Charmaine Haas of Logan County was individual high scorer.
The shotgun event included 61 shooters from across the state. The shotgun events consist of trap, skeet and sporting clays. Seniors shoot 100 trap, 50 clay and 50 skeet targets. Junior division participants shoot 50 targets in each event. The shooter receives one point for every target hit. The ranges are not age adjusted.
The Ramsey County team of Warren Blanchfield, Kody Durbin, Devan Sundeen and Hunter Brown was the senior champion shotgun team. The team shot for a combined score of 542 out of 600 for the three events. Blanchfield is the top overall champion in the shotgun events, with scores totaling 188 out of a possible 200. This team has qualified for the 2015 4-H National Invitational.
Mercer County senior Mathew Nelson was top shooter in trap with a score of 99 out of 100. Blanchfield was high scorer in sporting clays with 44 out of 50. He also was the top scorer in skeet with a score of 48 out of 50.
The junior division Ramsey County shotgun team of Spencer Frith, John Rutten, Dylan Durbin and Christopher Morstad scored 378 out of 450 in the overall to claim first place. Frith claimed top honors in skeet with 48 out of 50, Durbin had 43 out of 50 in sporting clays and Ordale Morstad took the trap title with 46 out of 50.