Shooters from ages 9 through 19 competed in invitational shooting matches hosted by Austin County, Laward, Wilson County, Victoria County, Bee County, Colorado County and Austin County. The season ended with the District 11 championship match that was held at the Laward Shooting Range in Lolita.
Once again the Beeville senior shooters were not eligible for the District championship competition due to the fact that two of the senior shooters, Chris Stark and Josh Farias, were members of the team from Beeville that won the District Championship and the State Championship Competitions in 2006.
Under 4-H rules they become ineligible to complete again at the district or state level. Beeville Shooting Sports plans to compete at the senior level again next year. 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, standing and kneeling.
For this season, the Junior Team members were Cuatro Brown, Jacob DeLeon and Marcus Ybanez Jr. Intermediate Team members were on Team A: Chris Rivas, Sidney Baldillez, Delanie Harris and Sarah DeLeon; and Team B: Hunter Harris, Martin Rivas, Justice Estrada and Lucas Anthony. Intermediate Team members were Amanda Coffey, Kyle Jostes and Dustin Chaney. Senior Team members were Chris Stark, Josh Farias and Justin Farias.
Throughout the shooting season, the Beeville Shooting Sports members won numerous individual and team trophies, ribbons and medals.
The Shooting Sports 4-H 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, there are shooting sports competitions and through these competitions and the rigorous preparation for these events, the youth learn self-discipline, safety and particularly gun safety. They 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 attitude, but members are proven winners.
Club officers are elected and all meetings are conducted by the youth, under the supervision of adult leadership. In addition to shooting, club members also learn about wildlife management and work closely with and receive support from Bee County Wildlife Management Association.
Club managers are Lee Farias and Monica Stark and they are assisted by certified coaches Chuck McCameron and Keith Stark. These aforementioned people are important to the Beeville Shooting Sports Program, but even more important is a high level of parental involvement.
Parents serve as mentors to the youth. Parents and guardians are the backbone of the organization; they serve as spotters, coaches, concession stand workers, backstop movers, target hangers, brass picker uppers and cleanup crew members.
It is the parents’ involvement more than anything else that makes the Beeville Shooting Sports Club successful in meeting or exceeding goals, their managers and coaches said.