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Shooting Sports

The Wayne County 4-H Program has a very active shooting sports program that meets and practices starting in September through January-February. For more information about the Wayne County 4-H Shooting Sports program, contact Bruce Crockett, Head Coach at 304-544-6196 or Julie Tritz, 4-H Extension Agent at 304-272-6839.

Wayne 4-H Shooting Sports News

4-H'ers Compete in State Air Rifle Competition

Wayne County 4-H members competed in the West Virginia 4-H Air Rifle Competition in Morgantown on January 26, 2019. Chase Smith and Andrew Kelly made the top four out of 20 competitors and will represent the county and state at the National 4-H Shooting Sports competition in Nebraska this June. Chase Smith placed first in the state competition and also set a new state record with a score of 521. Other placings include: Andrew Kelley in 2nd place with a score of 517; Alex Hall in 6th place with a score of 474; Breanna Crockett in 7th place with a score of 473; and Kelton Creed in 12th place with a score of 450. Ayden Copley placed 6th out of 10 competitors in the Junior Division with a score of 393.

Coaches and competitors include (l-r): Tim Smith (Coach), Andrew Kelley, Chase Smith, Bruce Crockett (Coach), Ayden Copley, Kelton Creed, Breanna Crockett, and Alex Hall. The 4-H Shooting Sports program has a long-standing tradition in Wayne County. It started back 2005 and has featured many successes for youth and coaches over the years. To learn more about this and other programs with the Wayne County 4-H Program, please contact the WVU Extension in Wayne County at 304-272-6839.

2019 State Air Rifle Competitors from Wayne County

4-H Hosts Regional Qualifier

The Wayne County Regional Qualifier was held January 5. Results will be known at a later in January once targets are scored. Many thanks to all our coaches for their dedication and commitment over the past several months of weekly practices.

The youth who competed include: Addy Smith, Aubrey Dillon, Ayden Copley, Matthew Crockett, Duke Parsley, Breanna Crockett, Okey Napier, Alex Hall, Kelton Creed, Andrew Kelley, and Chase Smith.

Youth Shoot in Regional Qualifier

Wayne Represented at the 2018 National 4-H Shooting Sports Competition

posed shot of air rifle team members standing in front of a wall

Brettina Jeffers, 4-H member (third from left) and Bruce Crockett, Coach (far left) -- both of Wayne County -- were part of the West Virginia 4-H Air Rifle Team that competed at the National 4-H Shooting Sports Competition this past week in Grand Island, Nebraska. The team placed 14th out of 21 teams. Congratulations to all the members and coaches on a job well done!

4-H Youth Participate in Shooting Sports Weekend

Several members of the Wayne County 4-H Program participated in the Multi-Disciplinary State Shooting Sports Weekend in Gilmer County. Participants and instructors include (l-r): Alex Hall, Zane Smith, Chase Smith, Tim Smith (instructor), Bruce Crockett (instructor), Breanna Crockett, Ashlee Smith, and Lisa Bell (instructor). If you are interested in learning more about the Wayne County 4-H Shooting Sports program, please contact our office at 304-272-6839.

Shooting Sports Weekend

Wayne County 4-H'ers Compete in State Air Rifle Competition

Wayne County 4-H State Air Rifle

Please help us congratulate our Wayne County 4-H members who competed in the State 4-H Air Rifle Competition held in Morgantown on February 18. The competitors include (l-r): Ashlee Bell (#15), Brettina Jeffers (#9), Breanna Crockett (#11), Andrew Kelley (#4), Chase Smith (#3), and Levi Smith (#6). The number behind their name indicates their placing out of 20 competitors. Finally, sincere appreciation to all our coaches for their time and dedication over the past several months.

4-H Shooting Sports Highlights

The West Virginia 4-H Shooting Sports Program strives to build life skills in youth nine years and older. The program provides the following life skills:

  • decision making, teamwork, self-discipline, self-confidence, and problem solving;
  • promotes the highest standards of safety, sportsmanship, and ethical behavior;
  • encourages an appreciation and understanding of natural resources;
  • develops leadership abilities;
  • builds character and willingness to assume citizenship responsibility;
  • furnishes enjoyable, positive relationships with peers and adult instructors;
  • strengthens families through participation in lifelong recreational activities;
  • builds awareness of related career opportunities.

The Wayne County 4-H Shooting Sports Program has been operating since 2005. It is under the direction of Head Coach Bruce Crockett with the support of 15 other 4-H volunteers and parents. It currently has 25 active members. The program is volunteer-led and financially supported through the efforts of fundraising events throughout the year.

In 2008, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2017, and 2019 the Wayne County 4-H Shooting Sports program sent youth to the National Invitational. 

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Julie Tritz at the Extension Office 304-272-6839 or email Julie.