Taylor County 4-H Air Rifle team places in state championship

TAYLOR COUNTY—Seven members of the Taylor County 4-H Air Rifle team traveled to Buckhannon this past weekend to compete in the Regional State Air Rifle Championship.

The 4-H Air Rifle Team practiced hard for months for the qualifier and it paid off.

The Taylor County 4-H members placed well in the regional qualifier, with four placing in the top 10 of 42 shooters.  And they increased their scores from last year with an average increase of 45 points per shooter.

Their coaches shared that they could not be prouder of their accomplishments. 

“Taylor County, you were represented extremely well today in the Regional State Air Rifle Championships held in Buckhannon,” said Air Rife Coach Lauri Daetwyler. “Our seniors all improved their scores from last year, and we added a retuning member to the team who also scored and placed well.”

She reported that Kristi Daetwyler placed fourth, Olivia Marie Shaver placed fifth, John Culp placed eighth, James Culp placed tenth, Lainie Rush placed thirteenth and Aranais Boyer placed seventeenth.

Daetwyler shared that during the event Junior member, Emily Himes overcame many rifle issues on the line today, to come away with a score that shows she will be a force to be reckoned with when she reaches the age to become a member of the senior team.

She revealed that they are still waiting for the other regional scores to come in.

“My heart is full and my face hurts from smiling so much,” Daetwyler expressed. “You kids have three very happy coaches.”

The Air Rifle Team has returned to Taylor County to continue practices and will only continue to improve while helping the newer members hone their skills. 

The Taylor County 4-H Program is very proud of these members and their accomplishments.

If you are interested in the Taylor County 4-H program and the air rifle program contact the WVU Taylor County Extension Office for information on how you can become involved at 304-265-3303.

From the staff at the Mountain Statesman, congratulations team! How How!