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Hot shots excel in final exhibition for season

Closing out a very successful season, the Medina County Claydusters were among the more than 750 4-H shooters competing in the Texas 4-H State Games last weekend at the National Shooting Complex in San Antonio. Fielding nearly two dozen team members, after a night of severe thunderstorms and shooting in the rain and mud, the kids managed to bring home many awards and accolades.

The junior division had 110 shooters in attendance. Clayduster’s two-man team Dillon Thigpen and Gage Hudspeth, took eighth in trap and 10th in skeet. Hudspeth shot 71/100 in sporting clays.

In the Intermediate class, with 288 shooters, Reagan Brown of Devine, placed fifth in modified trap and ended ninth in sporting clays. He placed 10th in HOA (High Over All). Austin Porter tied for fifth in whiz bang.

In the intermediate three-man team event, Porter and Brown, along with Clay Decock of Castroville, placed sixth in trap and fourth in skeet. Also shooting for the Claydusters was intermediate Price Rushing.

The Senior 1’s featured 210 shooters. Hunter Eitze of Hondo took top honors as the Senior 1 HOA in the “Shotgun Shootout” (combining trap/skeet/whiz bang/sporting clays) following two 40-clay shoot-off tie breakers. Eitze was also runner up state champion in Senior 1 Gunsmoke (all 6 events), edged out by one clay out of 450 by the champion.

Eitze earned sixth place skeet; tied for fifth in whiz bang with a 45/50; bronze medal (third place) international skeet; second place sporting clays; tied for sixth in trap; International HOA sixth place; American HOA fourth place; and Don Snyder Award (international HOA with finals added) fourth place.

Aaron Oefinger won second in whiz bang with a 46/50 after an intense four-way shoot-off for first place. Eitze/Oefinger took fourth place in the two-man trap team event.

Cole Decock of Castroville tied for fifth in whiz bang with a 45/50. Also shooting for the Claydusters was Daryn Carroll.

Senior 2’s, with 143 Shooters, saw Garrett Jones shoot his first 100 straight competition round in American skeet, tying with seven other Senior 2 shooters for first place. Eight competitors shot perfect scores (100). After a long shoot-off, Jones took home the fourth place trophy. He also earned 11th place in Senior 2 HOA rankings.

Mary Cogdell of Castroville placed seventh in Ladies Senior 2 American trap. Andrew Essenburgh shot a 96 in trap, including one perfect round of 25. Cameron Guebard was tied for seventh in modified (Olympic) trap, with a 48/50, just missing the finals.

The Two Man Team of Wesley Rogge and Garrett Jones placed fifth in American skeet, and another trio, Cogdell, Guebard, and Essenburgh, earned a fifth place spot in trap and seventh in skeet for a three-person team.

For more information on this fast-growing sport, contact the Medina County Agri-Life Extension Office.



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