Rowan 4-H: Central Region 4-H Shooting Sports Tournament Results

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3 campers at Millstone camp lay prone for target practice.

4-H provides many opportunities for 4-H’ers to explore their interests and learn various skills. One of these opportunities is the 4-H Shooting Sports program. This youth development program teaches youth proper safety, skill and discipline in shooting various types of firearms. The 4-H’ers involved in this program, as well as their adult leaders, spend many hours in training and practice to develop their knowledge and skills in target shooting. 

Rowan County has two 4-H clubs that focus on shooting sports: Hot Shots 4-H Club and Lead Drivers 4-H Club. Youths must be at least ages 8-18 as of January 1 to participate in these 4-H clubs. Recently, 4-H’ers from these 4-H clubs have competed in regional and state 4-H target shooting tournaments. 

The Central Region Shooting Sports Tournament was held on Saturday, August 19 in Richmond County. 

The Hot Shots 4-H Club had 11 members participate in the Central Regional Shooting Sports Competition. The following members qualified for the state tournament during regional competition: 

Senior Air Pistol team, First place

Mason Gabosch, Levi Lynch, Christian Stebe

Junior Rifle (Telescopic sights) team, 4th place

Issac Alexander, Carson Halpin, Reece Troutman, John Tucker, Ava Georgia Veleke

Christian Stebe: .22 small bore pistol: 2nd place individual, 2nd place overall individual

Mason Gabosch: Rifle (open sights): 2nd place individual, 3rd place overall individual; Shotgun: 4th place individual

German Jaramillo: Air pistol: 3rd place individual

Carson Halpin: Air rifle: 2nd place individual, 4th place overall individual; Rifle (open sights): 2nd place individual, 3rd place overall individual

The following also came in the top 10 and qualified to attend state competition: 

Luke Mesimer: shotgun, rifle (open sights) 

German Jaramillo: archery

Christian Stebe: muzzleloading

John Tucker: air pistol

Mason Gabosch: archery

Carson Halpin: air pistol, rifle (telescopic sights)

Other Hot Shots 4-H Club members that participated were:

Bonnie Goossens

The Lead Drivers 4-H Club had 16 club members participate in regional competition. The following members qualified for the state tournament during regional competition:

Wade Edwards: Jr. Shotgun: 3rd individual, 7th overall

Weston Edwards: Jr. Shotgun: 4th individual, 10th overall

Elliot Fortune: Sr. Shotgun: 4th individual, 4th overall; Sr. Air Rifle: 3rd individual, 3rd overall; Sr. Rifle-Open Sight: 1st individual, 3rd overall; Sr. Rifle-Telescopic: 6th individual, 8th overall; Sr. Archery-Recurve-Hunter/Sporter: 2nd individual, 2nd overall

William Fritz: Jr. Air Rifle: 7th individual, 18th overall; Jr. Air Pistol: 2nd individual, 2nd overall

James Lee: Sr. Shotgun: 6th individual, 10th overall

Finley Moore: Jr. Shotgun: 5th individual, 15th overall

Lucas Parker: Sr. Muzzeloader: 7th individual, 10th overall; Sr. Air Rifle: 4th individual, 6th overall

Caleb Parker: Jr. Air Pistol: 4th individual, 4th overall

Oliver Fortune: Jr. Air Rifle: 3rd individual, 7th overall; Jr. Rifle-Open Sight: 1st individual, 2nd overall; Jr. Rifle-Telescopic: 1st individual, 4th overall

Callie Yates: Jr. Rifle-Open Sight: 3rd individual, 4th overall; Jr. Rifle-Telescopic: 2nd individual, 4th overall; Jr. Archery-Compound: 4th individual, 9th overall

Other Lead Drivers 4-H Club members that participated were:

Cameron Livingood 

Cody Moore

Zoey Moore

Jacob Parker

Skylee Redman

Kurtis Walters 

Those who qualified at the regional tournament will be able to compete in the State 4-H Shooting Sports tournament on September 30 in Richmond County. We wish them the best as they compete!

A special thank you to the 4-H volunteers who lead these clubs and coach these 4-H’ers! These volunteers include:

Hot Shots 4-H Club: Beth Stebe (club leader), John Bare, Tim Gabosch, David & Sheri Halpin, Jeremy Lynch, Heather Stebe, Michael Veleke.

Lead Drivers 4-H Club: Robert & Heather Parker (club leaders), Emily Barlow, Tom Barlow, Chris & Rachel Fortune, Judy Lee, Keith Redman, Bill Wherritt.

Thank you to the parents that assist and support their children as they participate in 4-H shooting sports. Thank you also to the NRA for grant funds valued at $2,300 in 2023 to assist with ammunition and sporting clays for these 4-H’ers to practice and compete.

For more information about these 4-H clubs or other 4-H opportunities, please contact Laura Allen, 4-H Agent, at or 704-216-8970.