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Shooting Sports Club holds awards banquet

Posted: Wednesday, Jul 23rd, 2014

Being recognized for their efforts this season are l to r back row: Kylie Strauch, Larissa Johnson, Mikayla Vandeberg, Chancy Hales, Kaden Gaukel, Dmitri Richards, Alyssa Barnsdale, Kaitlin Gaukel & Kylee Gaukel.  L to r front row: Tyler Basile, Bryce Goodwin, James Cushman, Phoebe Allbright, Korbin Jensen and Aiden Applegarth.  Courtesy Photo  

The Niobrara County 4-H Shooting Sports Club members held their awards banquet on July 15, 2014. Jr. Leaders, Kaitlin Gaukel and Kylee Gaukel served as the mistresses of the ceremony while Alyssa Barnsdale and Kaden Gaukel passed out awards. The evening began with Kylee Gaukel giving the invocation thanking the Lord for the opportunity to gather together and celebrate everyone’s accomplishments after which members and their families enjoyed a delicious dinner together. Following dinner Kylee Gaukel gave a power point presentation on her recent trip to Washington, D.C. to represent Wyoming at the NRA’s Youth Education Summit.

This year we had 21 members enrolled in the Shooting Sports program. Each contest is divided into four divisions: first year, junior, intermediate, and senior. All overall 1st, 2nd, and 3d place winners are awarded medals with 4th place and beyond receiving ribbons. Certificates are also awarded for each of the 4 positions in the rifle discipline and also for two division of archery.

We began by recognizing all of our 1st year participants: Gavin Adams, Phoebe Allbright, and Tyler Basile. In each of the age divisions we recognize individual placings as well as overall award winners per discipline. We began with rifle with Phoebe Allbright winning 2nd place in prone, sitting, kneeling & standing. While Tyler Basile won 1st place in each of these categories. Phoebe was also recognized as our overall silver medal winner in rifle. Tyler was awarded our gold medal as the overall champion in rifle. Moving on to archery, Phoebe won 2nd place in both the Blue Face targets and the 3D targets. Tyler won 1st place in the Blue face and the 3D targets. Phoebe was also recognized as our overall silver medal winner in archery, and we congratulated Tyler for winning the gold medal in this discipline. The final indoor discipline that these 1st year kids competed in was pistol. Phoebe won the overall silver medal in this event with Tyler being awarded the gold medal. They were congratulated on all their efforts this year and encouraged to return to the program next year as junior competitors.

We then recognized our junior participants: Aiden Applegarth, James Cushman, Bryce Goodwin, Riley Graham, Korbin Jensen, and Larissa Johnson. We begin again with rifle. In the prone position, 5th place went to Aiden Applegarth, 4th place to Larissa Johnson, 3rd place to Bryce Goodwin, James Cushman was our 2nd place winner and Korbin Jensen took 1st place honors. In the sitting position our 5th place winner was Aiden Applegarth, 4th place went to Larissa Johnson, 3rd place to Bryce Goodwin, 2nd place to James Cushman, and our winner was Korbin Jensen. In the kneeling position 5th place went to Larissa Johnson, 4th place to Aiden Applegarth, Bryce Goodwin took 3rd place, with Korbin Jensen winning 2nd place, and James Cushman placing 1st. In standing, our final rifle position, 5th place was won by Aiden Applegarth, 4th place by Larissa Johnson, 3rd place went to Bryce Goodwin, Korbin Jensen won 2nd place, and 1st place went to James Cushman. For our overall winners in the rifle discipline we had 5th place going to Aiden Applegarth, 4th place to Larissa Johnson, Bryce Goodwin winning our bronze medal, our silver medal was awarded to James Cushman, and Korbin Jensen won the gold medal in the junior rifle division. We then recognized these individuals for their efforts in archery. We started with the results of the Blue Face targets. Our 5th place winner was Larissa Johnson, 4th place went to Aiden Applegarth, Bryce Goodwin won 3rd place, Korbin Jensen was our 2nd place winner, and James Cushman finished in 1st place. In our 3D targets, 4th place was won by Aiden Applegarth, Larissa Johnson won 3rd place, we had a tie for 2nd place between Bryce Goodwin & Korbin Jensen, and James Cushman won 1st place. Overall winners in our archery discipline were then awarded with 5th place going to Larissa Johnson, Aiden Applegarth was our 4th place winner, the bronze medal went to Bryce Goodwin, Korbin Jensen captured our silver medal, and the gold went to James Cushman. Our final discipline awarded in the junior division was pistol. Our overall winners were 5th place Larissa Johnson, 4th place Aiden Applegarth, James Cushman received our bronze medal, Bryce Goodwin took home the silver, and our gold medal winner was Korbin Jensen. The juniors were congratulated for all their accomplishments this year and challenged to continue improving their skills in the program as intermediate members next year.

 Participants in our intermediate division where then recognized: Taylor Gaukel, Mackenzie Lyons, Renae Marker, Dmitri Richards, Kylie Strauch, & Sadie Sturman. Beginning again with rifle in the prone position, we had Kylie Strauch in 3rd place, Dmitri Richards in 2nd, and Sadie Sturman was our 1st place winner. In the sitting position, Kylie Strauch won 3rd place, Dmitri Richards was our 2nd place winner, and Sadie Sturman took 1st. We then moved on to the kneeling position with Dmitri Richards winning 3rd place, Kylie Strauch was our 2nd place winner, and Sadie Sturman won 1st place. In standing, our final position, we had 3rd place going to Kylie Strauch, 2nd place to Dmitri Richards, and 1st place went to Sadie Sturman. To wrap up rifle we then announced our overall winners. Winning a bronze medal was Kylie Strauch, capturing our silver medal was Dmitri Richards, and taking home the gold was Sadie Sturman. Moving on to archery, winners of our Blue Face Target in 5th place was Mackenzie Lyons, 4th place was Kylie Strauch, 3rd place Taylor Gaukel, 2nd place Dmitri Richards, and 1st place Sadie Sturman. In our 3D target competition, Mackenzie Lyons took 5th, Dmitri Richards was 4th, Kylie Strauch won 3rd, Taylor Gaukel in 2nd, and Sadie Sturman won 1st. This brought us to our overall archery winners. Mackenzie Lyons took 5th, Kylie Strauch took 4th, Dmitri Richards won the bronze medal, Taylor Gaukel was our silver medal winner, and Sadie Sturman captured the gold. In our final discipline for the intermediate division we had the overall pistol results. 4th place went to Mackenzie Lyons, the bronze medal went to Kylie Strauch, silver was awarded to Dmitri Richards, and Taylor Gaukel won the gold. These contestants were congratulated on a job well done, and our intermediate members were encouraged to continue on in the program to become senior division competitors.  

Our final age category to be recognized was the senior division: Alyssa Barnsdale, Kaden Gaukel, Kaitlin Gaukel, Kylee Gaukel, Chancy Hales, and Mikayla Vandeberg. We began with the rifle discipline in the prone position. In 3rd place was Kaden Gaukel, 2nd went to Kylee Gaukel, and 1st to Kaitlin Gaukel. In the sitting position Kaden Gaukel won 3rd, Kylee Gaukel won 2nd, and Kaitlin Gaukel won 1st. Moving on to the kneeling position, we have Kaden Gaukel in 3rd place, Kaitlin Gaukel in 2nd place, and Kylee Gaukel in 1st place. The placings for standing, our final position, were 3rd place Kaitlin Gaukel, 2nd place Kaden Gaukel, and 1st place Kylee Gaukel. Our overall winners in the rifle discipline were Kaden Gaukel receiving the bronze, Kaitlin Gaukel receiving the silver, and Kylee Gaukel winning the gold. Moving on to the archery discipline with the Blue Face targets 3rd place went to Kylee Gaukel, 2nd place went to Kaden Gaukel, and 1st place was won by Kaitlin Gaukel. In the 3D archery category, Kaden Gaukel won 3rd, Kylee Gaukel won 2nd, and Kaitlin Gaukel won 1st. Rounding out the overall archery winners we had the bronze going to Kylee Gaukel, the silver going to Kaden Gaukel, and Kaitlin Gaukel won the gold. Our final senior discipline was pistol. The overall winners were 4th place Kaden Gaukel, we had a tie for the bronze medal going to Alyssa Barnsdale & Kylee Gaukel, the silver went to Mikayla Vandeberg, and Kaitlin Gaukel took home the gold.

We had 6 members participate at this year’s State Shoot in Douglas this pasted weekend: first year member Phoebe Allbright, intermediate member Dmitri Richards, and seniors Alyssa Barnsdale, Kaden Gaukel, Kaitlin Gaukel & Kylee Gaukel recognized. The state shoot had over 600 participants this year amongst all the disciplines. We are so proud of how well these kids represented Niobrara County. We first recognized Phoebe Allbright. Phoebe participated in the archery discipline and we are proud to announce she placed 42nd! As her dad and grandparents can attest to, she had a great time competing. Next we recognized Dmitri Richards who also participated in the archery discipline. He did a super job for his first state contest, placing 26th. Next we recognized our senior state competitors. This is Alyssa Barnsdale’s final year in our program and she competed in pistol placing 51st. It has been a joy to have Alyssa in the program, she is a great shooter, a wonderful help to the younger kids, and an encouragement to us all. Kaden Gaukel competed in 3 disciplines this year. He placed 60th in .22 pistol. He placed 37th in .22 rifle, and he placed 10th in archery. This is also Kaitlin Gaukel’s last year in the 4H program and she chose to compete in air rifle placing 38th and air pistol placing 33rd. Kaitlin is an excellent marksman and a great teacher to our youth. She is planning on becoming a certified instructor so that she can continue in the program next year as a leader. Our final senior contestant was Kylee Gaukel who placed 47th in air pistol. These three senior girls also competed as a team in pistol, and they won 7th place. These state competitors were congratulated for their efforts, and the younger members were encouragement to participate in the state contest next year.  

Leaders then took a moment to thank all the Jr. Leaders who helped make the evening such a success. A special thank you went out to Jr. Leader, Kaden Gaukel for building and installing 6 sound boards in the Shooting Sports Building to help with acoustics. His efforts are much appreciated on the boards work very well.

The evening ended with Jr. Leaders taking the opportunity to recognize all the range commanders and scorers who helped make this year run safely and smoothly. Ivan Eddy, Kevin Gaukel, Julie Gaukel, Toni Gaukel, Dave Hamaker, Steve Heil, Lex Jessman, Mark Sturman, Amy Applegarth, & Brady Vandeberg were thanked for all they do. The parents and community members who support this program were also thanked for their efforts in making this program such a success.




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