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Talladega County 4-H Shotgun Team, with SCS students, hits bullseye at State Championship and takes aim at Nationals


SYLACAUGA, Ala. – The Talladega County 4-H Shotgun Team emerged victorious at the State 4-H Shotgun Championship on Sunday, May 7, earning themselves a spot at the 4-H Shooting Sports National Championship in Grand Island, Nebraska from June 25-30, 2023.

Representing Sylacauga City Schools (SCS), the team showcased their talent and dedication, accompanied by coaches Brian Kissic, Justin Browning, and Thomas Roberts.

Impressively, the team, consisting of Caymen Barron, Kayne Hodnett, Noah Kissic, Ben Wesson, and Isaac Wilson, garnered third place in the Senior Division for sporting clays. Furthermore, they claimed second place in skeet, with Barron, Brooks Turner, Wesson, and Isaac Wilson demonstrating their exceptional skills.

In the Junior Division, their achievements were equally remarkable.

Leland Johns, Jagger Thomas, Todd Thompson, and Rhett Sims combined their efforts to secure the top spot in team sporting clays. They also excelled in the skeet category, achieving second place as a team. Additionally, they claimed third place in team trap, with Caine Grantham, Kolton Robinson, Thomas, and Thompson showcasing their talent.

Individually, Todd Thompson earned second place in trap, while Isaac Wilson’s exceptional performance awarded him third place in individual skeet and first place in the high overall category. The team’s overall prowess secured them first place in the Junior Division’s high overall team rankings.

Supporting the team’s success were additional participants, including Eric Nichols, Gunnar Sims, Jack Fornwalt, Aiden Hodnett, Cooper Holcomb, and Caden Machen, who contributed to the team’s accomplishments.

The Talladega County 4-H Shotgun Team’s success at the State Championship qualifies them for the national stage as they represent Alabama at the 4-H Shooting Sports National Championship. Their outstanding performances and dedication make them a team to watch, and we anticipate their continued achievements in Nebraska.

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