Medina Clay Target Club cleans up at Frio County shoot
By Jeff Jackson
Medina 4H clay target shooters Walker Starnes, Lukas Jackson, Wyatt Lewis, and Clayton Lewis.
The Medina 4H Clay Target shotgun sports team has really gotten the shooting year started off with a bang, so to speak! Saturday, March 29, the team participated in the Frio County South Texas Shootout on the Keystone Ranch in Pearsall.
The shoot featured a Whizbang and a Sporting Clays course. Whizbang is a fast paced competition with shooters quickly shooting pairs of targets from unconventional presentations. Sporting Clays is similar as shooters shoot unconventional pairs of targets but in a much more realistic hunting type setting. This particular competition had the shooters competing individually in 4H age groups as well as members of two man youth - adult teams.
Seniors representing the team were Dakota Horvath, Michael Lee Archibald and Walker Starnes. Horvath shot with his father, Jeff Horvath, and Starnes shot with long time Medina Clay Target Leader Woody Woodard. It was great to see Woody out with the kids after his recent retirement from the leadership role he served in for so long. Starnes finished tied for third in Whizbang with 40 of 50 birds hit and he also finished in a third place tie for Sporting Clays with 79 of 100 birds. These scores along with Woodard's impressive 77 on the sporting clays course lifted their team into third place senior team.
The team was represented by four junior shooters at this competition. The junior division are all elementary school age. Riley Beckham, Lukas Jackson, Wyatt Lewis, and Clayton Lewis all were serious competition and put the south Texas 4H shooting community on notice that they will be a force to be reckoned with this year in the junior division.
Beckham shot with his grandfather, Edwin Browning; Jackson shot with his father, Jeff Jackson, and the Lewises shot with their father, Jeff Lewis. In Whizbang Jackson shot 32, Clayton Lewis shot 34, and Wyatt Lewis shot 37, each out of 50 birds placing them 1st, 2nd, and 3rd in the field. Then came sporting clays. In sporting Clayton shot 69, Wyatt shot 72, and Jackson shot 81 each out of 100 birds placing the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd in this discipline also! Jackson's 81 was better than all but one intermediate (middle school age) and three seniors (high school age) out of over 90 youth shooters! Jackson won the HOA or High Over All award for junior shooters, his first HOA.
These young shooters really had a great time shooting with their family and the families all enjoyed the great day out!
Next up for the team will be the Comal County Novice Shot on April 12 and the McCulloch County Whizbang at Brady on April 19.