Medina Clay Target Team the best in the state
By Jeff Jackson Team Coach
Pictured: Courtesy photos
State 4H champion shooting teams from Bandera County included Tanner Gooding, Victoria Golightly, Dakota Horvath, Walker Starnes, Michael Lee Archebald, Dawson Janaky, Lukas Jackson, Cooper Dories, Ben Gross, David Janaky, Wyatt Lewis, Courtney Kuykendall, Reece Mazurek, Rein Mazurek, Haley Schmidt, and Sean Melugiun and others not pictured. The Bandera County team also won the state championship last year.
Garrett Meier and Lukas Jackson brought home the honor of being the best 2-man team in the state in the junior division.
Wyatt Lewis keeps his focus in the American trap competition, helping his team win a slew of state championships.
Junior shooters win seven of the 10 individual state championships, five of the six two- and three-man team state championships
By Jeff Jackson Team Coach
In July the Medina Clay Target - Bandera 4H Team competed in the Texas 4H State Shotgun Games. This event is the state championships for youth shotgunning and over 1,000 kids from all over the state participated. The Bandera County Team was the returning State Champions from 2013 and successfully retained that title as the 2014 State of Texas 4H County Champion Team.
The competition included six different events and four high over all (HOA) awards in each age class. Events were modified trap, American trap, international skeet, American skeet, whizbang, and sporting clays. International HOA combines scores for modified trap and international skeet; American HOA is American skeet and trap; gunsmoke HOA is American skeet, trap, whizbang, and sporting clays, and shotgun shootout HOA is a true individual championship as it includes all six event scores. Bandera County shooters competed as individuals and two and three man teams in all these events.
Individual accomplishments were many.
The graduating seniors led the way with some great scores and truly inspiring leadership. Walker Starnes and Dakota Horvath took third in American skeet. Courtney Kuykendall and Hunter Copeland took first in American Trap team, second skeet team, and second shotgun shootout HOA. By also winning first gunsmoke HOA team they were the top two man team in the state of Texas in all events.
In individual events for seniors Copeland won third in modified trap, sixth in international skeet, fifth in American trap, third in sporting clays, second in whizbang, third in international HOA, third in gunsmoke HOA, and earned a first in the Shotgun Shootout HOA State Championship.
David Janaky took fourth place in modified trap and Haley Schmidt took fifth in modified trap.
Intermediate shooters had a great shoot with the team of Tyler Trenklebach and Ben Gross taking first in American skeet, and second in gunsmoke HOA. Carma Clout and Dawson Janaky took second American trap team, and fifth in gunsmoke HOA. Individually Trenklebach took fifth place in American skeet and sixth in shotgun shootout HOA.
Junior shooters from Bandera took the cake and really piled up the points for the overall team championship. The junior team of Colton Trenklebach, Riley Beckham, and Cooper Dories took first in American skeet, second in shotgun shootout HOA, and as the first place three-man team in gunsmoke HOA they were in total the best three man team in the state of Texas.
The team of brothers Wyatt Lewis and Clayton Lewis took fourth in American skeet, second in American trap, and second in gunsmoke HOA.
The team of Garrett Meier and Lukas Jackson took first in American trap, first in American skeet, first in shotgun shootout HOA, and first in gunsmoke HOA to finish as the best two man team in the state of Texas.
Junior individual results were also impressive. In modified trap Clayton Lewis led the way with first place followed by brother Wyatt Lewis in third, Lukas Jackson, fourth, and Garrett Meier fifth. In International skeet Clayton took second and Wyatt took sixth. In American skeet Garrett took fifth and Lukas took sixth. In American trap Lukas took first, Meier third, and Clayton sixth. In whizbang Meier led the way in second, Clayton took third, and Wyatt finished fifth.
In sporting clays Meier was the only Bandera shooter in the top six, but he took care of business finishing first. In the international HOA Clayton won first, Wyatt second, Jackson fourth, and Meier sixth. In the American HOA Jackson led the way in first, Meier took second, and Clayton fourth.
In the shogun shootout, the highest of all the individual HOA awards, Clayton Lewis finished sixth overall, Jackson second and Meier took first. And in the highest individual HOA, the gunsmoke HOA, Lukas Jackson took fourth, Clayton Lewis second, and Meier won the individual state championship. These juniors won seven of the 10 individual state championships and five of the six two and three man team state championships!