Shooting team preparing for nationals
By Keith Burner
The Leavenworth County 4-H shooting sports team earned several high finishes at the state shooting sports competition two weeks ago in Hays.
At the competition, held April 7 and 8, the team qualified its BB gun squad for national competition in late June.
Members of the national BB gun squad are Broc Wood, Matthew Lutz, Clinton Kissinger, Josh Oelschlaeger and Jesse Sours.
But the team can do more than shoot straight with a BB gun. Individually, Leavenworth County team member showed their accuracy by taking home top places in shotgun and air rifle shooting.
"There were a lot of entries in all the events," said Randi Lutz, team director. "The kids all shot really well."
Cody Owsley took second in standing air rifle shooting and finished third in air rifles overall.
He also took fifth overall in shotgun shooting.
Brian Lee took third overall in shotgun shooting, including third place in singles and fourth place in doubles.
Lee also finished ninth overall in air rifles. Anthony Lutz finished at 10th.
The BB gun team's national competition will be June 28 to July in Colorado Springs.
Even though the team barely made the cut for nationals, members are less concerned with their accuracy than they are with raising the money to even get there.
Lutz said the trip to Colorado carries a $3,000 price tag. So the team has two months to raise the money.
"The kids really want to go to nationals," Lutz said. "We're taking donations or any help they can give We're taking any help we can get."
The team was considering several options to raise funds for the trip, Lutz said, among them are putting out donation jars and having bake sales and car washes.
But the team already has a start. After reading about the team's national qualifying performance, a caller who would identify himself only as Ted, made a donation.
Lutz said that she and the children on the team would be working hard to raise money, but that donations would be more than welcome.
To make a donation, please call Lutz at (913) 369-3510.