Writer: D'Lyn Ford
LAS CRUCES-Nineteen counties participated in the first-ever State 4-H Shooting Sports State Shoot at White Sands Missile Range Shooting Range. The May event, sponsored by 4-H, featured individual and team competitions in hunting, .22-pistols, air rifles, muzzle-loading, archery, air pistols, shotguns and .22-rifles.
4-H previously held shooting sports contests during the state 4-H conference but created a separate event to align with national 4-H shooting sports competitions,said Frank Hodnett, the Extension 4-H agent who coordinated the event.
"Everything went well," he said. "We were pleased with the large number of kids who participated."
In the air pistol competition, the Grant County team of Megan Wilson, Levi Adams, Lauren Webb and Erica Christian earned first place. Wilson was high-point individual.
Jennifer Rosemann of San Juan County was the high-point individual of the air
In archery, the Grant County team of Chris Mortensen, Casey Kuehnlenz, Aaron Turner and Stuart Tow placed first. Chris Blaine of Valencia County was the high-point individual in compound archery and Bryce Richard of Valencia County was the high-point individual in recurve archery.
In hunting, the Rio Arriba County team of Shawn Perraglio and Anthony Maez won. Perraglio was high-point individual.
In muzzle-loading, the Torrance County team of Josh Harrison, William West, Caitlin Ganas and Will McCready earned first place. Harrison was high-point individual.
In the .22-pistol contest, the Valencia County team of Callan Scoggin, Ariana Salas and Tommy Perez won first place. Scoggin was high-point individual.
In the .22-rifle contest, the Lea County team of Jake Nave, Rachel Myers, Beth Nave and Mark Worden placed first. Jake Nave was high-point individual.
In the shotgun competition, the Grant County team of Arlan Chavez, Tyler Findley and Mike Chavez won. Ryan Harris of San Miguel County was high-point individual.
More than 50,000 young people in New Mexico participate in 4-H, a statewide program administered by New Mexico State University's Cooperative Extension Service. 4-H helps youth 9 to 19 years old develop self-esteem, citizenship and leadership skills. More than 150 youth projects are offered, ranging from livestock and baking to photography and public speaking.
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