The Shots Heard ‘Round the Parish

Written by Kristina Bourgeois, Jackson Parish 4-H Agent

Young shooting sports enthusiast traveled from across the great state of Louisiana to compete at the Louisiana 4-H State Shooting Sports Competition held April 15 through April 23. Our Jackson Parish youth were no exception to the traveling. Twenty-six of our 4-H’ers rose early to make a 7:00 am report time in Grand Cane, LA and then showed off their skills with twenty-nine different entries across the disciplines and bringing home multiple medals as Top Ten Finishers.

How did our Jackson Parish shooters get to this point? Practice, practice, practice… Our shooters are dedicated and show up to practice even when they’d rather be somewhere else. These young people have spent hours upon hours practicing this season right here in our home parish with some of the greatest volunteer instructors around.

But what did all that practice do for them? It set them up to compete against the best in our northern Louisiana area at the Regional Competition.

Jackson Parish had 55 entries at Regionals with 29 scoring well enough to move on to the State Competition. After putting in more practice between competitions, these youth were ready to try their best and represent Jackson Parish 4-H Shooting Sports at the State level.

Depending on the discipline, air pistol, .22 rifle, shotgun, or archery, our shooters sometimes were competing against 150 or more competitors in their divisions. The Jackson Parish 4-H Shooting Sports team definitely left their mark on the State 4-H Competition.

You might even say these shooters “Hit the Bullseye” and brought home the bling!

Those Jackson Parish 4-H Shooting Sports competitors who placed in the Top Ten in their division at the State Competition are as follows:

2 Handed Air Pistol
1st – Remington Gregory
2nd – Rainey Gregory
3rd – Avery Dark

1 Handed Air Pistol
1st – Remington Gregory

Smallbore Pistol
3rd CMP – Jakob Potts
8th Bullseye – Jakob Potts

Archery – FITA
4th Sighted Recurve SR – Camden Flynn
7th Open Compound 9-11 – Remi Williams
10th Open Compound 12-13 – Luke Rowe
10th Genesis JR – Roman Strickland

Archery – 3D
2nd Open Compound 9-11 – Tucker Goss
3rd Open Compound 9-11 – Remi Williams
6th Open Compound SR – Garrett Dietrich
9th Open Compound 12-13 – Luke Rowe

Archery – FIELD
4th Sighted Recurve – Camden Flynn

Archery – NATIONAL Courses (3 Tracks)
3rd FIELD Track – Easton Hall
5th OVERALL – Easton Hall
6th FITA Track – Easton Hall
7th 3D Track – Easton Hall
8th 3D Track – Zachary Robinson
10th OVERALL – Zachary Robinson

All these amazing placings would not be possible without the dedication of not only our 4-Hers, but also their families and our volunteer instructors. Leading the charge in guiding our Jackson Parish 4-H Shooting sports is undeniably a tremendous group of volunteers including Thomas and Michelle Lay, Bob Davis, Lori and Richard Shell, Corey and Amy Rowe, Casey and Rachel Spillers, and last but not least Heath and Cassidy Hall. Without the countless hours put into setting up courses, gathering supplies, purchasing ammo, and so many other behind the scenes operations by these volunteers, our shooting sports program would not be successful.

Congratulations to all our Shooting Sports members!

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