AMES, Iowa – Twelve Iowa 4-H’ers participated in the 2013 National 4-H Shooting Sports Invitational June 23-28 in Grand Island, Neb. Some 540 participants from 36 different states and 33 teams competed in the three-day event.
The Iowa participants were from Humboldt, Plymouth, Polk, Poweshiek, Story, West Pottawattamie, Plymouth and Winnebago counties. Their four coaches and Donise Petersen, 4-H shooting sports outreach coordinator for the Department of Natural Resources and interim state 4-H Safety and Education in Shooting Sports project coordinator, were also at the competition. “This national event is exciting for the young people who participate in the shooting sports project area of 4-H,” said Petersen.
The National 4-H Shooting Sports Invitational consisted of small-bore, rifle, compound, archery, shotgun and muzzleloader competitions. The Iowa 4-H participants had qualified for the competition by placing in the Iowa State Shoot Competition. The Iowa 4-H shotgun team placed fourth out of 19 overall for trap. For shotgun individual overall trap, Brandon Willmert placed seventh out of 100, and Mark Siebels took 12th place. The Iowa 4-H team placed 19th out of 33 teams.
“All these young men did an outstanding job at the 2013 National 4-H Shooting Sports Invitational,” said Petersen. “I am proud of all of them for doing their best and participating in an event like this.”
“It was a great event,” said Jeff Patterson, coach of the Iowa 4-H Shotgun team. “To compete at a high level against talented teams from around the nation is a once in a lifetime opportunity for these youth.”
The Iowa 4-H participants put in hard work and countless hours of practice to help them develop as shooters. Petersen explained the sport is more than just shooting, the youth must practice their breathing and mental game for the shooting competitions.
“I am glad 4-H offers this opportunity for young people who have an interest in shooting sports,” said Petersen. “They learn the importance of safe and ethical uses of firearms, not to mention life skills and sportsmanship.”
Luke Nielsen, Humboldt County
C.J. Phelan, Plymouth County
Nicholas Rolfes, Plymouth County
Zach Sturm, Polk County
Mark Siebels, West Pottawattamie County
Tyler Patterson, West Pottawattamie County
Bryce DeKoning, Poweshiek County
Daniel McCammant, Poweshiek County
Justin Slaymaker, Poweshiek County
Tait Vaugh, Story County
Tim Herr, Story County
Brandon Willmert, Winnebago County