Fourteen of Hand County’s best 4-H shooters competed against 144 other 4-H members from around the state at the 2013 State 4-H Shooting Sports competition held Sunday, Sept. 15 in Mitchell.
The group is led by Jerry Johnson, Dean Van Zee and Lee Pawlowski. They meet throughout the summer on Thursday evenings at 7 p.m., and is open for all 4-H members. The main focus of the group is safety and gun handling. The overall favorite game, “Annie Oakley,” closes each meeting.
The Wall Lake Hunting Club has generously supported Shooting Sports for many years. Jim Nelson and Gann Valley Ranch loaned the shooters a sporting clay thrower this year, and was a welcome addition.
The qualifying shooters participate in Trap, Sporting Clays and Skeet at the state level.
Hand County participants at the state meet were:
Seniors – Marshall Johnson, Clayton Keck, Tia Pawlowski, Mitchell Van Zee, Christopher Hass.
Juniors – Travis Hass, Eli Fanning, Teanna Pawlowski, Stephan Fernholz and Carter Canham. Steven Fernholz had the second-highest score.
Beginners – Kadye Fernholz, Corey Resel, Dylan Hass and Noah Johnson. Kadye Fernholz had the third-highest score.
SENIOR SHOOTERS are, Mitchell Van Zee, Marshall Johnson, Tia Pawlowski, Christopher Hass and Clayton Keck. Not pictured, Danica Fanning and Brooke Fawcett.
JUNIOR SHOOTERS are Travis Hass, Eli Fanning, Teanna Pawlowski, Steven Fernholz and Carter Canham.
BEGINNING SHOOTERS include Kadye Fernholz, Corey Resel, Dylan Hass, Noah Johnson. Not pictured, Taya Pawlowski and Karli Keck.
SHOOTING SPORT instructors are Jerry Johnson, Lee Pawlowski and Dean Van Zee.