HENRY, Ill. – Illinois 4-H members showed focus and a steady hand as they competed for top honors in the annual Summer Sizzle Shoot held June 4 at the Chillicothe Sportsman’s Club. Nearly 75 youth from nine counties participated in the Illinois 4-H shooting sports contest, organized by 4-H volunteers in LaSalle, Marshall, and Putnam counties.
“These young people continue to practice and build their shooting sports skill as they also learn to cooperate and work together,” says Anne Scheel, University of Illinois Extension 4-H program coordinator for Marshall and Putnam counties. “Shooting sports teaches patience, resiliency, focus, and determination.”
Youth interested in joining the 4-H program may contact the Ogle County Extension Office at 815-732-2191.
Three age divisions separated the youth who competed in air rifle, .22 rifle, shotgun, and archery. Ogle County had one participate in the Non-Sighted Archery Competition.
Top junior archers using a non-sighted bow include Kaitlyn Schaer of Marshall-Putnam counties, first; Asher Fugman of DeKalb County, second; Lillian Lindstrom of Marshall-Putnam counties, third; Jacob Bangert of LaSalle County, tied for fourth; David Horsley of Stark County, tied for fourth; and Preston Taylor of Ogle County, fifth.
Riggins Shafer of Stark County took a commanding lead in the intermediate non-sighted archery contest, followed by Kiryn Schaer of Marshall-Putnam counties, second; and Kendra Story Marshall-Putnam counties, third.
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