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Moffat County shooters have high caliber showings at state

Senior shooters bound for national event

While many were kicking back Labor Day weekend, the transition from summer saw young gun enthusiasts from Moffat County hard at work proving their merit.

Northwest Colorado was well represented in the 2014 4-H State Shooting Sports Contest in August and September in Colorado Springs, testing their abilities with rifles, shotguns and archery equipment.

Among those with the best results were the duo of Dylan Villa and Hunter Rummel, each qualifying for the national levels next summer in the air rifle event. Both also performed well with the .22 rifle, though only Rummel can go to nationals for that, as Villa previously went for the category earlier this year.

This is the third year Villa has qualified for nationals, and he intends to make this one count.

"It was great to be able to hit my marks in my last year," he said. "I really think I can win at nationals."

Wielding a bow and arrow, fellow visitor to the national event Travis Walsh led the Moffat County archers, finishing in third in the compound bow event, though due to both age limits and previous participation, he won't be going to the big game.

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However, teammate Jordan Kainz also made the cut, as did Cutter Polly as an alternate for the senior division.

The junior division shooters also performed strongly but will have to wait until they're older to be considered for the national event.

Placing as highly as sixth in the shotgun categories, Carlin King said he enjoyed each of the three competitions, but one was more exhilarating.

"I like the clays the best because it's more like hunting," he said. "You're shooting at different places instead of just the same spot."

The following is a list of Moffat County competitors in the 2014 4-H State Shooting Sports Contest in Colorado Springs.

Seniors

Air rifle

Utility

Shooter, Placing

Dylan Villa, 1

Hunter Rummel, 5

Sporter

Dylan Villa, 5

Hunter Rummel, 7

Olympic offhand

Hunter Rummel, 9

Dylan Villa, 18

Precision

Hunter Rummel, 6

Dylan Villa, 9

Air pistol

Dylan Villa, 2

Hunter Rummel, 3

.22 rifle

Hunting

Dylan Villa, 1

Hunter Rummel, 3

Eli Ellis, 12

Mark Nava, 48

Couri Blevins, 50

Wyatt Bellio, 67

Sporter

Dylan Villa, 1

Hunter Rummel, 5

Eli Ellis, 19

Couri Blevins, 32

Mark Nava, 43

Wyatt Bellio, 44

Three-position international

Dylan Villa, 5

Hunter Rummel, 6

Couri Blevins, 10

Wyatt Bellio, 27

Hunt scope

Dylan Villa, 1

Hunter Rummel, 2

Eli Ellis, 9

Couri Blevins, 40

Mark Nava, 53

Wyatt Bellio, 62

Shotgun

Trap

Jesse Kurz, 19

Dylan Villa, 69

Kearn Gerber, 73

Bryce Tuttle, 85

William Hinkemeyer, 109

Colby Beckett, 130

Skeet

Dylan Villa, 24

Bryce Tuttle, 31

Jesse Kurz, 53

Kearn Gerber, 54

Colby Beckett, 63

William Hinkemeyer, 102

Clay pigeons

Dylan Villa, 32

Jesse Kurz, 63

Colby Beckett, 77

Kearn Gerber, 89

Bryce Tuttle, 98

William Hinkemeyer, 120

Archery

Compound bow unlimited

Travis Walsh, 3

Jordan Kainz, 4

Cutter Polly, 10

Dylan Villa, 12

Weston Brady, 33

Brittany Schulze, 41

Compound bow limited

Nicholas Pugh, 12

Kyla Pogline, 32

Benjamin Pugh, 33

Samuel Walls, 34

Steven Walls, 40

Juniors

.22 rifle

Hunting

Angela Hill, 7

Gabrielle Ellis, 16

Laadan Rothermund, 45

Forrest Siminoe, 55

Mackenzie Schneider-Ott, 63

Joseph Winters, 69

Sporter

Angela Hill, 5

Gabrielle Ellis, 23

Lane White, 27

Chloe Villard, 39

Mackenzie Schneider-Ott, 42

Forrest Siminoe, 50

Three-position international

Angela Hill, 11

Lane White, 20

Gabrielle Ellis, 24

Chloe Villard, 28

Mackenzie Schneider-Ott, 32

Hunt scope

Angela Hill, 3

Laadan Rothermund, 50

Nathan Cooper, 52

Chloe Villard, 61

Joseph Winters, 73

Shotgun

Trap

Carlin King, 6

Toryn Hume, 8

Brayden Tuttle, 23

Lane White, 75

Trevor Hume, 80

Jesse Earle, 114

Skeet

Toryn Hume, 12

Carlin King, 22

Trevor Hume, 28

Brayden Tuttle, 34

Jesse Earle, 39

Lane White, 84

Clay pigeons

Jesse Earle, 21

Carlin King, 22

Toryn Hume, 35

Trevor Hume, 42

Brayden Tuttle, 43

Lane White, 54

Archery

Recurve/longbow traditional

Brandon Beason, 23

Compound bow unlimited

Jacob Briggs, 8

Jerzey Landa, 9

Jaci McDiffett, 12

Levi Fox, 15

Kimber Wheeler, 17

Casey Copeland, 20

Compound bow limited

Winter Rogers, 12

Tiffany Hill, 16

Gage Rowley, 22

KennaLee Rowley, 43

Emma Knez, 46

Jentry Bacon, 56

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