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Ward County 4-H successful at State Air Rifle Competition

Submitted Photo Five of the six Ward County 4-H Air Rifle contestants. Left to right: Landen Jansen, Zachary Korgel, Olivia Jansen, Alyssa Korgel, and Layne Korgel

Six Ward County 4-H members competed in the State 4-H Air Rifle match. The state contests were held in a postal form; youth met at several locations and mailed their scores to one location. The Minot Gun and Pistol Club was the location in Ward County for youth to shoot.

Categories are split up by age to include Beginner, ages 8 to 10; Junior, ages 11 to 13; and Senior, ages 14 to 18. The equipment used are Sporter air rifles, shooting .177 caliber pellets at a velocity of 600fps or less. Targets are AR 5/10 International 10-meter air rifle targets. Beginners shoot from a sitting position off a bench rest. Juniors and Seniors compete shooting from three positions of standing, kneeling, and prone.

Competing in the Junior Air Rifle division representing Ward County were Landen Jansen, Alyssa Korgel, Layne Korgel, and Zachary Korgel; all from Minot. Receiving fourth place with a score of 413 was L. Korgel. Placing eighth was L. Jansen with a score of 344. A. Korgel placed tenth with a score of 310. The team of L. Korgel, L. Jansen, A. Korgel, and Z. Korgel placed second in the Junior Air Rifle team division.

Competing in the Beginner Air Rifle division were Olivia Jansen, Minot, and Kiley Whillock, Kenmare. O. Jansen placed third with a score of 535. Whillock placed ninth with a score of 483.

Ward County 4-H members participate in the 4-H Air Rifle Shooting Sport practice in conjunction with the Minot Rifle and Pistol Club’s Youth Marksmanship Program. Practices are run by Coach Nathan Sutton. Winter practices will begin soon.

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