EDMOND — On the last day of September this fall, seventeen members of the Pontotoc County 4H skeet shooting club traveled to Edmond to compete in the bi-annual state championships.

Once again, they dominated the shoot, bringing home half of all trophies awarded.

In the youngest (10-11) age division, Kenzie Akers and Caleb Stone, both of Vanoss, won 2nd and 4th-place trophies.  They had respective scores of 36 and 25 out of 50.  Logan Scott and Boady Snider of Latta took 2nd and 3rd in the junior (12-13) age division with scores of 44 and 43.  Shanan Foster and Mason Laxton, each from Vanoss, won 1st and 4th place in the intermediate (14-15) age group with 47 and 44 performances.  Eli Pope of Ada was the only senior age group (16 -19) member from Pontotoc county to compete this year, and he won 4th place in a hard fought shoot-off.  Eli shot a fine 45 out of 50 in this his first 4H competition shoot.  For the 3rd straight time, Haley Foster of Vanoss won the top female shooter award with this year's only perfect score of 50 out of 50.

In the team competitions, Pontotoc junior shooters Cason Laxton, Wesley Frederick, Clint Nickell and Jordan Hill (all from Vanoss) won 3rd place with a combined 101 out of 150 score.  For the 5th straight time, a Pontotoc junior team won the junior state championship.  Kenzie Akers and Caleb Stone of Vanoss teamed up with Logan Scott and Boady Snider from Latta to win it all.  They broke 123 out of 150 targets, giving them a comfortable 7-point lead over 2nd place Oklahoma City schools.

The Pontotoc Senior team finally broke its streak of 3 straight 3rd place finishes, capturing first place with a 4 point margin over 2nd place Oklahoma City.  Haley Foster, Mason Laxton, and Shanan Foster, all from Vanoss, shot a very respectable 141 out 150 for their first senior state championship.

The Pontotoc 4H Skeet Club is coached by Vanoss teacher Ron Akers.  Members have to successfully complete the state-sponsored hunter education safety program, then attend 8 hours of 4H safety instruction in shotguns before they can be certified in 4H competitions.  Furthermore, they have to be in at least the 5th grade and enrolled in a Pontotoc county 4H organization.  A new members meeting will be offered on November 4 at 10:00 am.  If interested, contact Ron Akers through the OSU extension center at the agri-plex.

— Ron Akers

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