Shooters from ages 9 through 19 competed in invitational shooting matches hosted by Austin County, Jackson County, Wilson County, Victoria County, Bee County, Colorado County and Laward Rifle Club.
The regular season ended with the District 11 championship match that was held at the Victoria 4-H Center’s Shooting Range in Victoria; however, Senior team members went on to compete at the state level held June 8-9 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, standing and kneeling.
For this season, Junior team members were Cuatro Brown, Marcus Ybanez. Jr., Sarah McFall, Kolbe Westmoreland and Sarah Valencia. During the 2010 competitions, the Junior team won numerous medals and awards and won second place in district competition.
Junior Intermediate shooter Chris Rivas was moved up to Intermediate status and for the 2010 season there were no Junior Intermediate team members.
Intermediate team members were Chris Rivas, T.J. Amador and Martin Rivas. In addition to awards won throughout the season, the Intermediate team came in fourth in district competition.
Senior team members were Amanda Coffey, Justin Farias and Kyle Jostes. Senior shooter Chris Stark was a member of the 2006 state championship team and under 4-H rules anyone that has won at the state level is not eligible to compete again at the district or state level; however, Stark enjoyed much success shooting at the invitational competitions held during the 2010 season.
The Beeville Senior team qualified for competition at the state level and competed in the state matches that were held June 8-9 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. The Beeville Shooting Sports Senior team place third at district competition and went on to place fourth at the state competition.
The 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, clubs have shooting sports competitions and through these competitions and the rigorous preparation for these events, the youths learn self-discipline, safety, particularly gun safety.
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 youths, 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.
All youths 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, Monica Stark and Chuck McCameron. Certified coaches are Lee Farias, Chuck McCameron and Keith Stark.