2018 North Dakota 4-H air rifle, pistol match winners named

NDSU Extension
Farm Forum

Cass and Ramsey County teams took top honors in the recent 2018 4-H State Air Rifle and Air Pistol Match in Devils Lake.

The Cass County team of Caeden Francis, Rebecca Van Vleet, Matthew Traux and Garrett Gehrke took first place in the senior air rifle division and qualified for the 2019 4-H National Invitational in Grand Island, Neb.

Individual winners were:

• First – Francis, with a score of 487.

• Second – Van Vleet, with a score of 443.

• Third – Hannah Vaagen, Ramsey County, with a score of 438.

The junior division air rifle team champions were Landon Kurtz, Cassandra Christensen, Emily Deplazes and Casia Steinhaus from Ramsey County.

Individual winners were:

• First – Kurtz, with a score of 446.

• Second – Mercedes Francis, Cass County, with a score of 445.

• Third – Christensen, with a score of 441.

The Ramsey County team of Lauren Stiven, Gannon Kurtz, Nate Steinhaus and Madison Hettwer claimed top honors in the beginner air rifle division.

Individual winners were:

• First – Stiven, with a score of 540.

• Second – Kurtz, with a score of 534.

• Third – Steinhaus, with a score of 531.

Beginners are youth ages 8 to 10. Youth in the junior division are 11 to 13, and the senior division is for youth ages 14 to 18. The competition was limited to sporter class air rifles.

Beginners participated in a 40-shot bench rest competition. The junior and senior teams competed in a three-position, (prone, kneeling and standing) event, performing 20 shots in each position for a potential score of 600.

The masters division members are senior age participants who have participated in a past 4-H national championship event and no longer are eligible to compete in the state championship in the senior age division.

The master’s division winners were:

• First – Christopher Morstad, Ramsey County, with a score of 537.

• Second – Brandon Alexander, Ramsey County, with a score of 528.

• Third – Maria Rosa-Nieves, Ramsey County, with a score of 508.

• Fourth – Jacob Vaagen, Ramsey County, with a score of 502.

The 4-H State Pistol Match consisted of 40 shots in a standing position at 10 meters for a maximum of 400 points. The senior master division participants are youth who previously qualified for the 4-H National Invitational Match and no longer are eligible to compete for the state championship in the senior age division.

Hannah Morstad was the first air pistol masters competitor from Ramsey County. She scored 305. In the junior division, Ramsey County’s Rebecca Morstad fired 305 to take top honors.

Cass County air rifle team members (from left) Rebecca Van Vleet, Mercedes Francis and Lillian Roth take aim at the 4-H State Air Rifle Match in Devils Lake. NDSU photo