Rifle team earns several trophies
Members and coaches of the Wilson County 4-H Rifle Team celebrate their strong showing after a recent competition.
The Wilson County 4-H rifle team has been hard at work, and has competed in several shooting tournaments this year.
On Feb. 25-26, the team traveled to La Ward to compete in its first tournament of the year, and returned home with several trophies.
In the Junior division, Johnny Albright finished third. Leann Yelton finished fifth in the Junior Intermediate division, Kyle Dawson was sixth, and Asher Welfel finished in ninth place. As a team, the trio scored high enough to earn the first-place trophy.
In Intermediate competition, Kyle Crowder finished fifth and Tristan Summy went home in ninth. Andrew Morehous finished second in the Senior division, Serina Holder was fourth, Barrett Raabe finished seventh, and Michael Barclay wound up 10th. As a unit, the Senior team dominated the competition and took home first-place honors.
The following week, the team from Wilson County hosted the shooting tournament at the Wilson County Show Barn.
In the Junior division, Johnny Albright took first-place honors, Jake Guerrero was seventh, Justin Craig was eighth, Logan Recker was ninth, and Clayton Matney finished 10th. The Junior Team No. 1 came in second with team members Albright, Matney, Charles Miksch, and Dylan Willeford. Junior Team No. 2 followed with third-place honors. The team consisted of Guerrero, Jacob Mutz, Cole Stewart, and Stephen Jacob.
In Junior Intermediate competition, Chris Jacob took home first-place honors, followed by Christian McIntyre in second, LeAnn Yelton in fourth, Asher Welfel in sixth, and Kyle Dawson in seventh. The Junior Intermediate teams blew away the competition, winning the first-, second-, and third-place trophies. Team No. 1 shooters were Jacob, Yelton, Welfel, and Dawson. The second-place team had McIntyre, Kyle Maris, and Jacob Bailey. Mercedes Guerrero, Shawn Holder, and Michael Pietka made up Team No. 3.
The Intermediate team also shot well and earned a first-place team trophy. Kyle Crowder finished second overall, Tristan Summy was fifth, Cameron Clark was eighth, and Trevor Johnson finished ninth.
In the Senior division, the shooters from Wilson County were truly impressive. Serina Holder finished first, Michael Barclay was second, Andrew Morehous finished third, Barrett Raabe came in fourth, Cameron Hess was fifth, and Troy Stork was seventh. The great individual finishes gave the team a first-place team trophy, and kept the title at home in Wilson County.
Those in attendance were also treated to the exhibition shooting of Wilson County’s own Garrett Rabel. Rabel finished first in last year’s state competition, and was on hand to showcase the talent and ability that allows him to compete at the Junior Olympic level.