Shooting Sports Team qualifies nine for state
For the first time in its three-year history, the Leavenworth Country 4-H Shooting Sports Team competed in the regional air rifle and BB gun competition.
The competition, March 18 at Alma, featured more than 100 shooters from five counties. Team director Randi Lutz said the regional was a learning experience for the children.
"For all of these kids, it was their first major competition," she said. "I'm very proud of all of them for even going out there and trying."
But Lutz was in for a pleasant surprise. Not only did her team go out and try, it also found quite a bit of success.
At the regional, the team qualified nine children for the April 7 State competition in Hays.
Four children qualified in the air rifle event, and five qualified in the BB gun event.
Four or five others will be traveling to the state competition in either archery or shotgun shooting, but there is no regional qualifying for those events.
In order to qualify in BB gun shooting, a participant must score 250 out of 400 possible accuracy points. She or he must shoot from each of four positions: Prone, standing, sitting and kneeling.
To qualify in air rifle shooting, she or he must score 350 out of 600 possible accuracy points. The positions for air rifle shooting are the same as for BB guns except for no sitting position.
In the air rifle competition, 13-year-old Cody Owsley led the team with 398 points which earned him second place overall. Brian Lee, also 13, finished right behind Owsley in third place with 368 points.
State qualifiers from regionals: