Twelve Hettinger County 4-H members competed at the Badlands Regional 4-H Archery Tournament at the Rough Rider Complex in Watford City on Jan. 26.
Hettinger County Extension
Categories available to shoot in were, Beginner Bare Bow, and Beginner Freestyle Senior Freestyle, Senior Bare Bow, Junior Bare Bow, Junior Freestyle.
In the Beginner Division the Hettinger County team in Bare Bow took first place, team members included Emma Olsonawski, second place, Meadow Olsonawski placed fourth, Koedyn Awender placed fifth, Mark Schmidt placed sixth, and Ali Herberholz placed 13th.
The Beginner Freestyle competition had Koedyn Awender placing ninth and Mark Schmidt in the 11th spot.
In the Senior Bare Bow Division the Hettinger County team took second place.
Individually, Sydney Steiner took second high individual, James Augare in eighth, and Will Schmidt placing 14th.
In Senior Freestyle Will Schmidt placed 10th.
In the Junior Freestyle Division James Augare placed 10th with Messa Kuehl, Katie Schmidt, and Megan Monke competing.
The Junior Bare Bow had Katie Schmidt in seventh place with Messa Kuehl, Megan Monke and Sophie Olsonawski competing.
The Hettinger County 4-H’ers kicked off their Archery season on Dec. 20.
The members practice from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. each Tuesday and Thursday evening at the Mott/Regent Gymnasium in Mott and every Wednesday evening from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the New England Gymnasium in New England.
4-H’ers who attend practice use Genesis bows. They practice technique, form, safety and accuracy.
The Hettinger County 4-H Archery program also offers competition practice for those 4-H’ers who are interested in shooting in different types of competition offered throughout the state.
This particular type of archery shooting involves using bows using sights in the case of freestyle and not using sights when shooting bare bow.
The public is invited to watch the youth practice and hone their skills for the upcoming meets.