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Young Burnet County 4-H rifle team captures district titles

The Burnet County 4-H Youth Precision Rifle Team includes Gus Killman (front row, left), Jarrod Krueger, Cordyn Alderman, Clayton Peay, Bryce Atkinson, Bryer Atkinson and Collin Hughes; head coach Guy Taylor (back row, left), Axy Horner, Hunter Johnson, Valerie Coffey, Alex Defily, Katelyn Hensley, McKenzie Boop and Grey Whittenberger. Courtesy photo

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ABILENE — The Burnet County 4-H Youth Precision Rifle Team recently won the junior (9-10) and intermediate (11-13) divisions at the District 7 team championships.

Head coach Guy Taylor commended the shooters for adjusting to the conditions. The competition started in the afternoon with 15-20 mph winds and the sun behind the competitors, who had to adjust to the shadows on the targets.

“The team has worked hard all year preparing themselves for this event, which included shooting in some of the worst conditions imaginable,” Taylor said. “They knew how to handle the wind and not let the sun affect them. They are very disciplined and well-trained and ready to handle any condition.”

The intermediate team placed first in the team event for the second year in a row. McKenzie Boop of Llano led the group with Bryer Atkinson of Marble Falls behind her. Other members included Grey Whittenberg and Collin Hughes of Marble Falls.

In the junior division, the Burnet County team finished first, led by first-year shooter Cordyn Alderman of Marble Falls.

“Cordyn placed far ahead of all of the shooters, including many who have been shooting for two years,” Taylor said. “This is quite an accomplishment.”

Other team members were Axy Horner of Burnet, Clayton Peay of Burnet, Hunter Johnson and Bryce Atkinson.

Each division had more than 30 shooters from 26 counties.

Eleven precision shooters attended the annual district competition, which for some 4-H programs, is the last of the year. The Burnet County team competes year-round.

RESULTS: Intermediates (individual results)— 2, McKenzie Boop (Llano); 4, Bryer Atkinson (Marble Falls). Juniors (individual results) — 1, Cordyn Adlerman (Marble Falls); 4, Axy Horner (Burnet); 6, Clayton Peay (Burnet). Seniors (individual results) — 4, Katelyn Hensley (Llano); 5, Alex Defily (Faith Academy).

UP NEXT: May 24-25, NRA/TSRA Prone State Championship at Copperhead Creek Shooting Club, 1030 E. FM 1431 in Marble Falls