Members of the Texas County 4-H Shooting Sports program came away with several good results in the annual State Shoot held Sept. 21-22 at the Prairie Grove Shotgun Sports shooting range in Columbia.
The Texas County team placed second in Junior .22 Rifle Standard 4-Position competition, with Kyle Mills scoring 259 points to finish second in the individual standings –– only a point away from the third-place total and 20 behind the winning score.
The team score of 959 (second only to Lincoln’s 981) included a seventh-place showing by Cooper Mills in the field of close to 100 shooters, while Case Jones placed 13th and Makeena Coble finished 42nd.
Other Texas County small bore rifle results were:
•Makaylie Coble, second, Senior .22 Rifle Aperture 3-Position.
•Ely Jarrett, 5th, Junior .22 Rifle Aperture 4-Position.
•Jacob Collins, 17th, Senior .22 Rifle Standard 4-Position.
Coach Charles Dwyer said the showing by all seven shooters representing Texas County was another example of the local team’s history of good performances at the state level.
“And four of them were first-year shooters,” Dwyer said. “For first-year shooting, what they did was outstanding.”
Dwyer said the result is even more interesting when financial factors are taken into account.
“We had a great year, especially considering we’re one of the poorer counties,” he said. “A lot of the other shooters come from situations where they’re able to use the best equipment available and have access to unlimited ammunition. When our shooters get out there and beat them with a field-test Remington, that’s really something.
“And really, we might have done even better if not for some first-year nerves.”
The lone competitor representing the Texas County 4-H skeet team, coached by Bob Jones, also turned in a strong showing, as Dustin Smith took second in the Senior B (50) category.
The Texas County 4-H Shooting Sports program will conduct a safety class Oct. 21-22 from 6-9 p.m. at the University Extension office in Houston. Registration is being handled at the Extension office; class size is limited and enrollment is on a first come, first served basis.
For more information, call 417-967-4545.