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4-H shooters headed to national competition in Nebraska

The Davie County 4-H Shooting Sports Club has six young people heading to the 4-H National Championships in Grand Island, Neb. June 20-25.

There are three actual days of competition with awards for the daily competition, then overall awards for teams, individuals and state.

The six Davie 4-H members who are competing:

• Samantha Taylor and Caleb Mathis in Muzzleloader;

• Rebekah Walker in Smallbore Pistol; and

• Naomi Hellard, Jacob Durham and Stephen Timbinaris in Hunting Skills.

This will be Caleb’s and Rebekah’s second time competing in the nationals. Rebekah competed in Air Pistol in 2019 and Caleb in Hunting Skills where he won Day 3 and finished second Overall.

DC 4-H Shooting Sports has had one Overall National Champion so far, with Stephen Walker in 2018 for Smallbore Pistol.

Caleb, Jacob, Samantha and Naomi also compete on Davie High Schools Hunter Education Team.

DC-4H has four national team coaches for this year’s championships. Jimmy Staley is coaching the NC 4-H Shotgun team for the third time, Maurice Walker is the coach for the Smallbore Pistol team for the second time and Nelson Cowden is the coach for the Hunting Skills team. Emily Hellard will coach the Hunting Skills team while in Nebraska.

The NC 4-H 4-H Shooting Sports National Team consists of nine disciplines, each with three or four members. In 2019 NC finished second overall in what is referred to as the “Sweepstakes” (Overall State Champions). The 2020 National Championships were cancelled due to Covid-19.

“We wish safe travels and the best of skill to those competing and making the trip to Nebraska,” said Coach Nelson Cowden.