The culmination of the 2014 season for the Columbia County 4-H S.A.F.E. (Shooting, Aware-ness, Fun and Education) Clay Pigeon Target Sporting Program came in May.
Known as the shotgun club, the Columbia County teams competed in state competitions after they had advanced past the district round.
Competing against more than 1,700 participants at the Rock Eagle 4-H Center in Eatonton, Ga., the Junior Modified Trap team of Colby Watkins, Dawson Toy, Lilly Howard, Trent Rutledge, Grey Murry, William Tisdate and Bo Bell finished the state competition in sixth place. Watkins finished fifth in the individual category.
At the state trap and skeet competition, Hunter Hyatt finished third while Luke Johnson was second in the district modified trap.
Johnson, an Evans High School graduate, and Jonathan Saul, a Greenbrier graduate, won $1,000 scholarships from the Target Sporting Club.
“The team excels because of the dedicated efforts of head coach Keith Howard and the 4-H S.A.F.E. volunteer coaches and parents,” said Shirley Williamson, head of the Columbia County Extension department and a 4-H coordinator. “Keith (Howard) started the program 13 years ago with 15 participants and it has grown to 135 participants this year.”