Davie 4-H shooters bring home awards from state tourney

Published 1:13 pm Tuesday, October 10, 2023

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Sixteen members of the Davie County 4-H Shooting Sports Club competed in the 2023 NC 4-H State Shooting Sports Tournament on Saturday, Sept. 30 at the Millstone 4-H Camp and adjacent John M. Lentz Hunter Education Center.

“We only had three senior (ages 14-18) competitors and our senior team had a rough day and didn’t reach the podium,” Nelson Cowden said. “The good news is that it was all of their first year as seniors and they’ll be back. In shooting sports, some days are just like that.”

Davie took three junior teams (ages 8-13) plus individuals.

The Juniors brought home quite a bit of hardware.

Evan Durham earned Individual Gold in Telescopic Rifle and Air Rifle, Individual Silver in Open-Sight Rifle and Air Pistol and Silver High Overall (HOA) for Telescopic Rifle.

The Junior DC Blaze Team struck Gold for Muzzleloader with an amazing Team Average Score of 44.2/50. The Blaze consisted of Riley Barnes, Brantlee Evans, Tyler Nichols, Cameron White and Dakota Wilkinson-Hofh.

Tyler Nichols was also Muzzleloader HOA with a 48/50 and Brantlee was 3rd HOA with a 46/50.

Peter Redelaheimer brought home a Bronze Medal for Recurve Archery with a new personal best score of 186/200 and our Jr. DC Green Arrows Team of Elliot Crandall, Adelaine Fillmore and Jacob Fillmore won Team Bronze in Recurve Archery.

“We are so proud of all of our kids,” Cowden said.
“Thanks to all of our parents for getting their kids to and from practices and the regional and state tournaments, bringing the food and drinks etc. Thanks to our coaches, Steve Carson our archery guru, newcomer Em Cheramie, who really showed her expertise advocating for the kids and checking those targets with and expert eye. Jimmy Staley is always there and keeping TCYSS going. And thanks to Matt Evans for all of his help. We can’t do this without our parents and instructors.”