With a shrill of the whistle, 139 4-H’ers put down their BB guns and the Walton BB qualifying match came to an end on Saturday, March 22.
Barrow County 4-H came away from the match with a resounding success by qualifying for the State BB Gun Competition taking place at Rock Eagle 4-H Center The state competition will he held April 4.
The Barrow County BB gun team consisted of veteran shooters Gavin Sellers, Michael Jira, Xavier Barnett, Gabby Rider, Trent Cwiertniak, and first-year shooter Noah Morris. Robert Kulp is the team’s head coach along with assistant aoaches Tara Cwiertniak and Denise Kulp.
The Barrow team placed fifth among 27 competing teams at the competition with an overall team score of 1767.
Barrow’s Sellers had the additional distinction of placing first in the prone position during competition.
In the BB gun competition, shooters compete by shooting from four different positions: prone, standing, sitting and kneeling. The youth are scored in each position along with the number of center shots made and an overall score, the Barrow youth scored as follows:
•Gavin Sellers: prone 99-6 center shots, standing 84-1 center shot, sitting 91-2 center shots, kneeling 88-1 center shot, total Score 362-10 center shots
•Michael Jira: prone 90-3 center shots, standing 86-1 center shot, sitting 93-2 center shots, kneeling 88-1 center shot, total score 357-7 center shots
•Xavier Barnett: prone 91-1 center shot, standing 87-3 center shots, sitting 89-1 center shot, kneeling 89-2 center shots, total score 356-7 center shots
•Gabby Rider: prone 91-3 center shots, standing 81-0 center shots, sitting 92-4 center shots, kneeling 84-1 center shot, total score 348-8 center shots
•Trent Cwiertniak: prone 95-4 center shots, standing 79-1 center shot, sitting 85-0 center shots, kneeling 85-0 center shots, total score 344-5 center shots
•Noah Morris: prone 78-0 center shots, standing 78-2 center shots, sitting 81-0 center shots, kneeling 83-0 center shots, total score 320-2 center shots.
The Barrow 4-H BB Gun team is part of Georgia 4-H’s Project S.A.F.E. program (Shooting Awareness, Fun and Education) which works to promote safe and proper handling in shooting activities.
Barrow County 4-H has three Project SAFE teams; archery, BB gun and shotgun. The BB Gun program consists of 4th-8th grade youth who are new to shooting sports.
For more information on Barrow County 4-H and its Project SAFE programs contact the Barrow Extension Service at 90 Lanthier St. in Winder (770-307-3029) and speak with County Extension Coordinator Wanda McLocklin (email@example.com), county extension program assistant tiffany Coles (firstname.lastname@example.org), or community service Specialist Jonathan Page (email@example.com).