Teams from Ramsey, Morton and Stutsman counties won first-place honors in the North Dakota 4-H Summer Shooting Sports State Match held Aug. 24-25 at the Capitol City Trap and Capitol City Sporting Clays ranges near Bismarck.
4-H'ers competed in three shotgun events and field archery. This is the second of two matches in which participants may compete to qualify for the 2014 4-H National Invitational Match.
The state match was attended by 141 archers in field archery. All archers shot four arrows at field archery targets. The yardages were marked and age-adjusted, with seniors shooting a distance from 6 yards to a maximum of 50 yards, juniors 35 yards and beginners 25 yards. A total of 280 points was possible.
The field archery event consisted of three age divisions in the bare bow, freestyle compound and recurve archery divisions.
The Morton County team of Skylar Bitz, Jacob Ellingson, Jade Ellingson and Blake Hensley was the top team in the senior freestyle division with 635 points. Quaid Larsen from Stark-Billings County was the top archer with a 225 score. This senior team has qualified for the national competition, with the top archer having the option of joining the team.
Bailey Sand from Dickey County topped the senior bare bow division, with Morton County archer Shandra Getzlaff second and Wade Smith of McLean County third.
The Morton County freestyle junior team of Adam Boehm, Tanner Bitz, Braeden Kraft and Colton Marquadt was the top team in that division. Boehm was the top scorer with 229.
Bare bow junior division top honors went to the Wells County team of Eric Hager and Ethan Opdahl of Wells County and Desa Sand of Morton County. Opdahl was the top bare bow archer.
The Morton County beginner freestyle team of Jenna Thompson, Samuel Peterson and Kinley Hetletved took top honors. Hetletved was the top scorer with 228.
The McLean County team of Kate Utley, Kayden Hornberger, Mason Hornberger and Taya Hornberger took top honors in the beginner bare bow division. Cody Heidrich of Emmons County was individual high scorer.
The shotgun event included 94 shooters from across the state. The shotgun events consist of trap, skeet and sporting clays, with trap being the largest event. 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 members of the senior champion shotgun team are Kody Durbin, Matt Schindele, Devon Sundeen and Warren Blanchfield of Ramsey County. The team shot for a combined score of 528 out of 600 for the three events. Durbin is the top overall champion in the three shotgun events, including a perfect 100 trap score. This team has qualified for the 2014 4-H National Invitational.
The junior division Ramsey County shotgun team of Spencer Frith, Bryer Erickson, Dylan Durbin and Jonathan Jetty scored 259 in the overall to claim first place. Dylan Durbin was the top gun overall, including being the high scorer in skeet and sporting clays. Mathew Nelson of Mercer County held the top spot in trap with a score of 49 out of 50.