The 2017 Kansas 4H Air Rifle Competition season started on Feb. 11, for the Barton County 4H’ers.
The 12 competitors travelled to Edwards county to compete in an air rifle match that was held in Offerle. After four months of practice, they were anxious to get started with some competition.
In the 11 old and younger division, Parker Dicks from Great Bend, and Tate Martin and Cayman Rowan, both from Ellinwood, competed. Parker placed first and Tate placed third.
In the 12 and 13 year old division, Will Clark from Great Bend and Gus Corbett from Ellinwood were the Barton county representatives.
In the 14 year old division, Barton county was represented by Woodson Corbett from Ellinwood and Dalton Dicks from Great Bend.
In the 15 and 16 year old division, Collin and Evan Hammond from Great Bend and Parker Smith from Great Bend represented Barton County. Parker placed first and Collin placed third.
In the 17 and 18 year old division, Lake Lyman from Ellinwood and Jace Schwager from Great Bend competed. Lake placed first and Jace placed second.
Six of the Barton county 4H’ers had scores high enough to qualify them for the state match that will be held in late April.
There were 10 counties represented at the match. The Barton county team of Parker Smith, Lake Lyman, Jace Schwager and Collin Hammond placed first in the team division.
4H air rifle competition will continue with the Barton County Winter Classic on Feb. 18, at the Expo Grounds.