Kirley Junior Shooters have fun, safe and successful fun BB gun season

A winning team ... The 2007 Kirley Jr. Shooters, back row, from left: Wyatt Johnson, Shantel Norman, Nick Neuhauser, Austin Briggs, Conner Hutchinson and Haley Hand. Middle row: Avery Johnson, Cayne McCaskell, Hailey Norman, Madison Hand, Cattibrie Riggle and Dustin Hand. Front row: Logan Hand, Garrett Fischer, Carson McCaskell, Shay Hand and Gavin Snook.

The Kirley Jr. Shooters have had a great BB gun competition season so far.

The team is coached by many volunteers and parents, though this season's main coaches are Darren and Kathy Fischer for shooting and Connie Johnson for testing.

At the Spink County Shooting Sport Invitational on March 10, the Kirley Shooters' 10 and 11 year-old contenders were led by Avery Johnson who earned first place in the sitting position and third place in the aggregate. Cattibrie Riggle claimed second place in the prone shooting position, earned a 98 percent on the safety test and took third place aggregate. Madison Hand took third place in the prone contest. Hailey Norman scored a 98 percent on safety. The team took second place overall.

In the 12 to 14 age bracket, Shantel Norman took first place in the prone shooting position and scored a 98 percent on the safety test. Wyatt Johnson aced the safety test with a 100 percent.

In the 15 to 16 year old senior division, Nick Neuhauser took first in prone, first in kneeling, first in sitting, second in standing and first in aggregate. Austin Briggs earned second in prone, second in kneeling, third in sitting and second in aggregate.

At the Highmore Shoot on March 17, the Kirley Junior Shooters team earned the special Sportsmanship Award for conduct, helpfulness and camaraderie.

The 10 and 11 year shooters again took second place as a team. Gavin Snook earned second place sitting and Riggle earning third place sitting.

The 12 to 14 age team had two first place individuals - Wyatt Johnson in prone and Haley Hand in sitting.

In the senior division, Neuhauser claimed second place in prone, second in standing, third in kneeling and first in aggregate. Teammate Austin Briggs took the first place in sitting.

Distance and weather limited the number of team members who could attend the tournament in Britton on March 14. Still, out of five Kirley members competing, Johnson earned third place in sitting in the 10 and 11 bracket.

The Parkston Shoot on March 31 was the last non4-H tournament of the season. Being a state match, shooters who competed in Nationals last year could not compete for awards, though they could attempt to break any records. This regulation eliminated H. Hand and S. Norman.

For the 10 and 11 shooters, Riggle came home with first place in the prone position and second in the sitting position. Out of the increased number of contestants at the state shoot, she earned seventh place in aggregate. Johnson's consistency took advantage of the disparity in different shooting positions scores among the many competitors, and he claimed the third place in aggregate, greatly helped with a 96 percent on the safety test. M. Hand took fifth place in aggregate.

The next meet is actually a 4-H match in Ft. Pierre, April 27 through the 29. The match is so large that competitors may shoot at any time within these three days. The Kirley Junior Shooters who will be competing are scheduled to shoot at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday. The results will be tabulated and the awards presented after all contenders have finished.