4-H trap shooters compete at state
The Jefferson County Master Blasters 4-H Club took 10 member to the state contest on June 18-20, at the Albany Rifle and Gun Club.
Competitors competed through a mail-in tournament from January through- March (for shotgun) to qualify for the state contest.
Like the mail-in tournaments, the annual Oregon 4-H Shooting Sports State Contest offers youths the opportunity to compete in an environment where they can safely interact with peers; learn to follow rules and rise to expectations; support and encourage other club members; engage in something that sparks their interest; develop and value morals and ethics; set and achieve goals; build life skills; and involve the entire family.
The state contest consists of four divisions: Firearms and Archery, Hunting Skills, and Western Heritage Project. The contest consists of courses of fire that test marksmanship skills, as well as the opportunity for youth to be recognized for sportsmanship through an onsite nomination process.
The participants were divided into three divisions; seniors, intermediates and juniors. The senior division, of 15- to 19-years-olds, saw 23 overall participants. Justin Borchert, of Jefferson County was the lone shotgunner for the Master Blasters in the senior division. Borchert received a blue ribbon in trap shoot, a red ribbon in five-stand, a medallion and qualified for the national championship next year in Grand Island, Nebraska.
Shotgunners receive a blue ribbon if they shoot very well, red ribbon if they do well and white ribbons are also handed out. 4-H does not release scoring or points. They also hand out medals if you exceed the threshold of a blue ribbon by 5 percent.
The five-stand event is similar to a trap shoot, but the shooters are standing in a frame with target coming from all different directions, where trap shoot targets come from the same direction.
The intermediates division had a total of 23 participants, ages 12-14. Logan Lee, Elias Tollefson, Carson King, Conner Comingore and Seth Colton were the 4-H intermediate participants from Jefferson County. The intermediates received blue ribbons in the trap shoot competition. Tollefson, King and Colton were awarded blue ribbons for the five-stand competition. Lee and Comingore were awarded red ribbons for the five-stand.
All Jefferson County intermediate competitors were awarded medals. Tollefson ended the competition as the High Point Trap, High Point five-stand, Intermediate State Champion. He cannot qualify for nationals next year because participants are only allowed to go once and Tollefson competed this year, finishing nationals ranked 17th in the nation out of 114 competitors.
King finished the competition as the Intermediate Reserve State Champion and also qualified for nationals next year. Only four kids from Oregon are selected to participate in the national championships and two of the them are coming from Jefferson County.
The juniors division saw 17 participants from the ages of 9-11. Mason Lee, James Lange, Chase Comingore and Logan Jutting were the competitors representing Jefferson County's junior division. All the Jefferson County junior shotgunners were awarded blue ribbons in trap shooting and Lange also received a blue ribbon in the five-stand competition. Lee, Comingore and Jutting were awarded red ribbons.
Lange finished the state as the High Point Trap, High Point five-Stand Junior State Champion and Comingore the Junior Reserve State Champion.