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Riley/Pottawatomie 4-H Straight Shooters participate in 2 National Shooting Sports Matches



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1) From left, Riley/Pottawatomie 4-H Straight Shooter member Austin Becker, Assistant Coach Richard Becker, and member Mattie Swisher with 2nd place Air Pistol Team at the National 4-H Shooting Sports Match.

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Riley/Pottawatomie 4-H Straight Shooter members and coaches at the Daisy National BB Gun Championship Match. Back row: Richard Becker, coach, Jessica Blankley, Abby Retzlaff, Dylan Anderson, Tyler Beckman, Robert Retzlaff, coach; Front row: Bryce Beckman, Elle Retzlaff, Brendan Becker, Dane Louderback
July 24, 2014
Eleven members of the Riley/Pottawatomie 4-H Straight Shooters club participated in two National Shooting Sports Matches this summer. Three members participated in two disciplines at the National 4-H Shooting Sports Match held in Grand Island, Nebraska, June 24-29, and eight members participated in the Daisy National BB Gun Championship Match held in Rogers, Arkansas, July 4-6.

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Mattie Swisher, left, placed 1st Overall in Air Pistol at the National 4-H Shooting Sports Match.
In order to participate in the National 4-H Shooting Sports Match, participants must be one of the top 4 eligible shooters at the state match in their discipline. Mattie Swisher, Emmett, and Austin Becker, Manhattan, were members of the Air Pistol team. Richard Becker, Manhattan, Air Pistol coach for the Straight Shooters club, was the Assistant Coach for Team Kansas in this discipline. Matthew Plummer, Wamego, was on the Air Rifle team. Each of these shooters joined other shooters from around the state to form our Team Kansas group of 36 shooters in the 9 disciplines of Air Pistol, Air Rifle, Recurve Archery, Compound Archery, Hunting Skills, Muzzleloading, Shotgun, Small Bore Pistol, and Small Bore Rifle.

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Austin Becker, left, placed 1st in Air Pistol Silhouette, setting a match record points scored.
Team Kansas placed 3rd in the Overall Team Sweepstakes, behind Texas and Missouri. In Air Pistol competition, Swisher placed 5th in Slow Fire, 5th in Silhouette, 1st in Rapid Fire, and 1st Overall. Becker placed 1st in Silhouette, setting a match record points scored, tied for 20th in Rapid Fire, and placed 8th Overall. The Air Pistol Team placed 2nd Overall. In Air Rifle competition, Plummer placed 13th in 3P, 13th in Silhouette, and 14th Overall. The Air Rifle Team placed 1st Overall.

The Straight Shooters BB Gun team consisted of Dylan Anderson, Leonardville, Brendan Becker, Manhattan, Bryce Beckman, Manhattan, Tyler Beckman, Manhattan, Jessica Blankley, Westmoreland, Dane Louderback, St. George, and Abby Retzlaff, Westmoreland and were coached by Richard Becker, Manhattan, and Robert Retzlaff, Westmoreland. Elle Retzlaff, Westmoreland, participated in the Champion's Match competition. All eight shooters joined 9 other BB Gun teams from Kansas at the Daisy National Match. The team qualified to attend the national match by placing 3rd at the VFW State BB Gun Match in Derby, Kansas.

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Matt Plummer, left, Riley/Pottawatomie 4-H Straight Shooter member, with the 1st place Air Rifle Team at the National 4-H Shooting Sports Match.
The Straight Shooters are sponsored by Riley and Pottawatomie County Extension Councils, Riley County Fish and Game, Kansas State University Military Science Department, Kaw Valley Archery, Daisy Outdoor Products, Kansas State Rifle Association, Kaw Valley Muzzleloaders Association, Kansas Muzzleloaders Association, National Wildlife Turkey Federation, Flint Hills Pheasants Forever, Justin Corbet Foundation, Friends of NRA, Fancy Creek Shooting Range, Oregon Trail Trading Post, Manhattan Wrecker, Robel family, local businesses, and all Shooting Sports parents, families and instructors.

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