All competitions utilize small-bore rifles and peep sights. The regular season ended with the District 11 championship match that was at the Victoria 4-H Center’s Shooting Range. Senior team members went on to compete at the state level June 14-15 in Rosenberg.
Shooters fit into one of four classifications: Junior Shooter ages 9-10, Jr. Intermediate are ages 11-12, Intermediate 13-14, and Senior shooters are from age 15-19. Three shooting positions are utilized, prone, sanding and kneeling.
For this season, Junior Team members were; Sarah Valencia, George Trevino, Kolbe Westmoreland and Klayton Alvarado. During the 2011 competitions, the Junior team won first place at each regular season competition plus numerous individual medals and awards. The junior team also won second place in district competition.
Junior Intermediate shooters also did very well utilizing the shooting skills of Sarah McFall, Anthony McGuill and Austin (Cuatro) Brown IV and Trenton Dragon. The Junior Intermediate team came in fourth in District competition.
Intermediate shooters were T. J. Amador, Martin Rivas and Chris Rivas. At the end of the regular season, Chris Rivas was moved up a notch to become a senior shooter for the district and state competitions. Intermediate shooters also did extremely well in competitions and also won many medals and honors.
Senior Team members during the regular season were Amanda Coffey, Justin Farias and Kyle Jostes. As previously stated, for both district and state competition the senior team members were joined by Chris Rivas. The Beeville Shooting Sports senior team qualified for competition at the state level and competed in the state matches that were held June 14-15 in Rosenberg.
In order to qualify for state competition, senior shooters were required to place in one of the top three positions at the district level and after some very tough competition they placed third. After weeks of preparation from Coach Lee Farias, the senior team placed sixth in state competition and team member Coffey qualified as a member of the top ten state shooters. She went on to qualify as the ninth place top shooter in the state.
The Beeville 4-H Shooting Sports Club has been in existence in Bee County for many years. The primary goal of the club is the same as all 4-H programs: to help our youth develop leadership, citizenship and life skills. That goal is accomplished in a number of ways. Throughout District 11 we have shooting sports competitions and through these competitions and the rigorous preparation for these events, the youth learn self discipline, safety, particularly gun safety and of course shooting skills. Beeville Shooting Sports 4-H Club members also learn that even though winning is good, the spirit of camaraderie and the friendships developed by meeting others with common interests far outweighs a win at all costs. These young 4-H Shooting Sports Club members don’t need to be told how good they are because they have the ribbons and trophies that demonstrate that they are winners.
Beeville Shooting Sports 4-H Club officers are elected and all meetings are conducted by the youth, under the supervision of adult leadership. The club has been fortunate to have support from parents and relatives and have also enjoyed a close relationship with and financial support from the Bee County Wildlife Management Association. All youth between the ages of 9 and 19 are invited to join the Beeville Shooting Sports 4-H Club.
Club managers are Austin Brown III, Lee Farias, and Chuck McCameron. Certified coaches are Lee Farias, Austin Brown, Chuck McCameron and Keith Stark.