On February 8 the Ascension 4 H Shooting Sports Team had 31 members compete in the East Baton Rouge 4 H Invitational Shooting Sports Competition. The day started early that morning with instructors from Ascension, East Baton Rouge and St. James arriving early to get things set up and ready. The weather started out cold and cloudy but by lunch time warmed up nicely.
The action started at 8 am with 195 competitors registered for this shoot in the shotgun, bb gun, air rifle, air pistol and archery events. There were kids and parents from several different parishes waiting and shooting all over the range. By 4:00 almost all of the events were done and the awards were handed out.
In the Senior Air Rifle event, Cameron Braud was the big winner with a 1st place finish with a score of 423 with his closest competitor nearly 90 points behind. Matthew Abshire also won 1st place in the Junior AirRifle event with a score of 443 with his nearest competitor 100 points behind.
In the Junior Archery Compound Bow competition, Sean Turner brought home a 2nd place finish with a score of 288 and not too far behind was Austin Arceneaux with a 232.
The Senior Air Pistol event was pretty competitive but after all the scores were turned in Bobby Brignac took home a 3rd place for the Ascension Team.
One of the hardest and closest scoring events was the shotgun event. The targets were hard to see at times and the scores reflected that greatly. After all the shots were fired and the scores reviewed carefully, Justin Schexnaydre brought home a 2nd place finish in the Junior Shotgun event breaking 17 of 25 targets. Justin actually tied for 1st but after the scores were looked at, his competitor had broken more consecutive targets which broke the tie gave him the win and Justin 2nd. Matthew Abshire was very close behind with 16 out of 25 for a 3rd place finish.
The Ascension 4 H Shooting Team is gearing up for the Southern Regional Competition which will be held March 13 – 16 in Ascension and West Baton Rouge Parishes. We will also be hosting a Invitational Competition on March 29.
We would like to thanks all of our Volunteer Instructors, parents and most of all our sponsors for helping to keep this program growing.
The mission of the Louisiana 4-H Shooting Sports Program is to assist youth in acquiring knowledge, developing life
skills, and forming attitudes so that they may become self-directing, productive, and contributing members of society.
For more information, contact the local 4-H office at 225-621-5799.