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Four local boys on state 4-H shooting team at 4-H Shooting Sports National Championship

 - Jefferson County residents on the Oregon 4-H shotgun shooting team, which traveled to Nebraska to compete in the 4-H Shooting Sports National Championships, included, from left, Carson King, Logan Lee, Coach Kevin Tollefson, James Lange and Seth Colton.

Oregon's State 4-H National Shotgun Team traveled to Grand Island, Nebraska, June 20-25 to compete in the 4-H Shooting Sports National Championships.

Four Jefferson County 4-H members and their coach traveled to the championships to compete against the top shooters across the nation. The team included Seth Colton, Carson King, James Lange, Logan Lee and Coach Kevin Tollefson.

Nebraska 4-H hosted the championship at the Heartland Public Shooting Park for 4-H youth from across the country.

The 4-H members were challenged daily with the threat of thunderstorms, blowing wind, humid conditions and plenty of ticks to keep a person itching all day long.

During the three days of competition, the youth participated in three different disciplines, sporting clays, skeet and American trap. Each shooter received individual scores along with a team score for each event.

In the sporting clays competition, out of 27 teams, Oregon found itself in the middle of the pack in 19th place. Out of 108 competitors, Colton placed 51st, King held onto the 82nd position, and Lange and Lee finished the day in 87th and 89th respectively.

In the skeet competition on the second day, the Oregon team finished the day 22 out of 27. Colton finished in 43rd out of 108 shooters. Lee brought down enough clays to place him in 82nd, followed by Lange in 86th and King in 91st.

In the American trap competition, Lee, Lange, King and Colton were finally placed in the same squad. After each participant shot 100 rounds, Lee closed the day 15th out of 108 shooters. Lange was in 25th, King and Colton followed in 57th and 83rd. The team placed 10th for the day out of 27 states.

"We are so proud of the accomplishments of these individuals," said Jefferson County 4-H Youth Development Educator Jon Gandy. "They not only represented Jefferson County 4-H, they represented the Oregon 4-H and did an amazing job. Congratulations to the entire team."

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