Shooting sports qualifies for national competition
In its first trip to the state 4-H shooting sports competition in Hays last weekend, the Leavenworth County 4-H BB-gun team qualified for the national competition.
Team members racked up 1,585 out of 2,000 possible points, enough to send them to nationals in late June in Colorado Springs. Team members are Broc Wood, Matthew Lutz, Clinton Kissinger, Josh Oelschlaeger and Jesse Sours.
Only the top three teams qualify for nationals, so when Randi Lutz, team director, found out that her team, which finished fourth, had made the cut, she was shaken.
"I'm ecstatic. I can't believe this," she said. "I'm really proud of them: I told them just go out there and have fun, and they qualified for nationals."
Lutz's team made the cut because members of the first-place Wabaunsee County team had already qualified for the national shoot through their local Jaycee club. She found out about her team's good fortune at 11 a.m. Monday after having gone home thinking the season was over.
That left Lutz scrambling to get the team, including two alternates, together.
"I'm still working on getting parents to say, 'yes or no,'" she said.
The format for the national competition will be the same as the state competition, with competitors shooting from prone, standing, sitting and kneeling positions.
Finishing above Lutz's team at the state shoot were Washington County in third place, Norton County in second place and Wabaunsee County in first.
The national shoot will begin June 28 and end July 1.
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