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Next Davie Co 4-H Shooting Sports Club Meeting-
Next 4-H Meeting Sept 27th at 6:30pm
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TCYSS SCTP TEAM Competes in State Trap Shoot, Caleb Mathis Brings Home the Hardware! 

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Caleb Mathis had a phenomenal day at the NC SCTP State Trap Shoot at the Rockingham Co. Gun Club on May 7th, 2022. Caleb won the State Championship HOA, the Varsity Singles HOA, The Varsity Doubles HOA and HOA for the Shoot. This is the second year in a row that Caleb was Varsity Singles winner, HOA for the entire shoot and Doubles Champion. He just missed winning the State Championship in 2021which went to teammate Gracie Marshall, but he got it this year with a 99/100 score (missed the 97th bird). Caleb's name and TCYSS will be on the Perpetual Trophy displayed at the Rockingham County Gun Club!

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While Caleb was the only one to bring home the hardware this year, we still had some great performances by our other team members. We were defending Varsity Champions, but unfortunately, we were not able to field a complete Varsity Team this year or we would have been a strong contender for the Team Championship that went to a strong Forbush Team this year. It would have been close no doubt, but still had strong scores by Varsity Members Gracie Marshall and Naomi Hellard. Charles Whisenhunt competed as a JV in his first Trap State Championship and Connor Mathis had a solid performance in the Intermediate Advanced Division. 

6 TCYSS Members Compete in 2022 4-H National Champioinships, Smallbore Pistol Strikes Gold and Bronze!

Six kids and 2 Coaches associated with TCYSS competed in the 2022 4-H National Shooting Sports National Championships. Four members of the Davie County 4-H Shooting Sports Club were Naomi Hellard and Dallie Lakey on the Shotgun Team, Rebekah Walker shootng Muzzlelolader and Ethan Durham shooting Smallbore Pistol. The other two associated with TCYSS were Gracie Marshall and Cobe Townsend from the TCYSS-SCTP (Shotgun) Team. Also Representing us were Maurice Walker, Coach of the Smallbore Pistol Team and Jimmy Staley with the Shotgun Team coach.

The Shotgun Team finished in the middle of the pack and unfortunately did not make it to the Stage or Podium this year, but by all accounts had a great time. Shotgun and Compound Archery are the two most competitive events at the National Championships with more competitors than any of the other disciplines. Finishing in the middle is still a major accomplishment! The Muzzleloader team also didn't find the Stage or Podium this year. they also finished near the middle of the pack, but "made a lot of smoke and noise and had a lot of fun" according to their Coach, NC 4-H Shooting Sports Director, Charles Young.

However, Coach Maurice Walker's, Smallbore Pistol Team struck some Gold and Bronze, finishing 1st on Day one's "Slowfire Course", 3rd on Day two for the "Silhouette" Competition and 3rd Overall for the Championships! Davie County 4-H Club member, Ethan Durham also made the Stage as an individual collecting a 7th on Day 1, 9th on Day 2 and a 9th Overall for the Competiton! Great Job Representing Us! Proud of all of you!

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NC 4-H Shotgun Team-L-R

Naomi Hellard, Dallie Lakey, Gracie Marshall, Cobe Townsend

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Rebekah Walker making Smoke and Noise in the Muzzleloader Competition

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Ethan Durham with his "Bling" from the Nationals! Ethan is sporting Team Gold for Day One, Team Bronze from Day 2 and Overall and ribbons for a 7th on Day One's Slow Fire Competiton, 9th for Day Two's Silhouette and a 9th Overall for the Championships!

The 4-H National Championships Overview

The North Carolina 4-H National Team consists or 9 Individual Shooting Sports "Discipline Teams". The 9 Disciplines include Shotgun, Smallbore Rifle, Muzzleloader, Air Rifle, Smallbore Pistol, Hunting Skills, Compound Archery, Air Pistol and Recurve Archery. Each team consists of three or four 4-H Members from clubs across the state. Competitors compete over 3 days with each day being a different aspect of the discipline. For instance, on day one, the Shotgun Teams compete in Sporting Clays, on Day 2 they shoot Skeet and on day 3 they shoot Trap. Hunting Skills actually has 9 different "challenges" 3 each day that include Archery, Shotgun, Rifle, Wildlife ID, Hunting Knowledge, Compass and Map Skills etc. Awards are given for the top competitors and Teams for each day and final Overall Awards for the combined scores of all three days. A complete State Team can consist of as many as 36 (4 per team). States that have a team in every discipline also compete for the "Sweepstakes Award" or Top State Team.

This was the 21st year of the Championships (it was cancelled in 2020) and it has been held in Grand Island Nebraska for the past 9 years. Teams come from all over the Nation. This year there were 33 States represented. There have been as many as 42 in previous years. Covid Restrictions limited the time for many teams to get ready this year, and kept some 4-H Programs from traveling out of state.  A complete Team can consist of as many as 36 (4 per team). Although the comradary between kids from different states is obvious and sportsmanship is considered to be the rule. This is not a "Feel Good Everybody gets a Trophy Championship". With Close to or over 1000 competitors, the vast majority of kids finish the week and head back home with nothing but a nice T-Shirt and some fond memories.

The State Teams

Each State decides how and when they choose their teams and how they practice. In North Carolina, we give an invite to competitors that finish in the Top 6 at either the State or a Regional Tournament. Other 4-H Competitors may tryout if they competed in that discipline during either the State of their Regional Tournament. The State Tournament is normally in September and so Tryouts are held in October. Except for Hunting Skills (always has to be different...Lol) The Hunting Skills Team is chosen from a different Hunting Skills Tournament normally held in January. Most teams begin practicing in earnest in January or February. All meet at least monthly. Some teams may get together and shoot other tournaments outside of 4-H such as the CMP Shoots, NSSA, SCTP or 3D Archery. In North Carolina a Team Fundraiser pays for competitors uniforms and Entry fee. Travel and Accommodations are on the shooter's family. Some discipline teams may also do their own fundraisers to help with the travel costs. This year the NC team finished 2nd in the Sweepstakes behind Louisiana. We also finished 2nd behind Lousiana in 2019, the last time the Championships were held. Prior to 2019, Texas or Missouri had won every year with the other finishing second, for 19 years! NC and Louisiana have now moved up with the elite state teams. This year 7 of the 9 Discipline Teams finished in the top 5 and 6 of those made the Podium with Top 3 finishes. Muzzleloader was the only Gold Medal team for NC. It may be due to how are practices and training are structured, but NC Teams seem to be consistently in the Top 5 for the daily competitions, which makes us contenders for Overall Awards. Most other States seem to excel on one day and then drop off on other days. Whatever the case, we are striving for Number 1 in 2022.

Our Davie 4-H Members at the Nationala

Our Davie County 4-H Shooting Sports Club has been represented at the 4-H Nationals since 2016. Stephen Walker competed in Muzzleloader that year. Stephen had a great experience, but it was a humbling experience as well. It did however, light a fire in him to return and inspired other club members to tryout. In 2017, NC added a Hunting Skills Team for the first time, coached by Nelson Cowden, our founder. It made NC eligible to enter the Sweepstakes by having all teams required to be considered. Zoe Staley was a member on that team and Stephen Walker returned again for Air Pistol. It was a humbling experience once again, but we did manage to make it on the stage for Air Pistol and much to everyone's surprise, the Hunting Skills Team found the podium on day 3 with a 

silver by virtue of the fact that all of the live-fire events were counted on the final day. We sure didn't know what to expect as far as tests that year, but we had kids that could shoot! The next year Zoe Staley qualified for the Shotgun Team and Jimmy Staley became the coach for it. Stephen returned once again, this time for Smallbore Pistol and Mattie Clark made the Muzzleloader Team. This time Mattie made the stage and Stephen Walker walked away as Smallbore Pistol National Champion!! Stephen had no first place finishes for the 3 days, but was always in the top 5. When the scores were combined, Stephen won by a fraction and TCYSS had it's first National Champion. Much deserved too! Stephen had practiced literally every day since the Tryouts in October, he even gave up his favorite beverage, Cheerwine, for all of that time because of the caffeine. 

In 2019, Davie County had 4 members on the State Team. Stephen returned for his 4th trip, this time for Compund Archery. Mattie returned for Smallbore Rifle and first time competitors Rebekah Walker for Air Pistol and Caleb Mathis for Hunting Skills. Also Maurice Walker became the Smallbore Pistol Coach. The experience began to show itself even more and everyone made the Stage or Podium. Caleb Mathis had the biggest day with a surprise Gold Medal on Day 3 of the competition and led the team to a Silver on Day 3 and Overall. Stephen, who actually competed in Archery with a shoulder injury didn't have the individual success of the year before, but with his help the Compound Archery team finished second. Mattie's Rifle Team finished 3rd Overall and the NC Team itself finished 2nd in the Sweepstakes behind Louisiana breaking the stranglehold that Texas and Missouri had on the Sweepstakes for so many years!

2020-The Year that Wasn't

After the Tryouts and Hunting Skills Tournament, the Davie County 4-H Club had 6 members heading to Nebraska for the 2020 Championships. Rebekah was going back for Smallbore Pistol, the "Family Tradition". Caleb was returning for Muzzleloader and first time National Team members were Jacob Durham and Stephen Timbinaris for Hunting Skills, Chandler Carter for Air Pistol and Samantha Taylor for Muzzleloader with Caleb. Unfortunately, Covid-19 arrived and all was canceled. Unfortunately for Chandler, he would age out and could not return in 2021. The remaining 5 club members were still eligible and planned to return in 2021 if they were going to be held.

2021-One for the Ages!

NC 4-H decided that we would plan for the best and hope for the best, albeit delayed a bit. Tryouts for the teams were held in January. Many teams decided to keep any returning members from 2020 and just add new members and alternates. In Hunting Skills we had lost one team member from 2020 due to age, but had an alternate in the wings, so we were set. We still planned to have the Hunting Skills Tournament although it was moved to February. The top finishers would be given the option to become an Alternate for the 2021 Team and a place on the 2022 Team if they attended the practices as prescribed. Unfortunately, in January, two of the Hunting Skills Team members decided that they did not want to compete in 2021 for personal reasons. We held the Hunting Skills Tournament and Davie County 4-H Member Naomi Hellard won and was offered and accepted one of the remaining two spots. The second place finisher was already committed to a different team and the third place finisher made the Muzzleloader team and decided to go with them. The 4th place finisher took the offer, but left the team in April to pursue other interests. So Hunting Skills was left with just 3 Members. (The format of Hunting Skills requires competitors to take written tests on various hunting related things each day of the competition...it's a deal breaker for some) It was not announced until Mid-April that the Championships would be held and turned out also to be the first National event held by 4-H Since the Pandemic canceled everything the year before. Also, Nelson Cowden had to remain at home due to an illness in the family and Emily Hellard agreed to be the Hunting Skills Coach while in Nebraska.

This time, all of the Davie County 4-H Members made it not just to the stage (Top 10 Individuals and Top 5 Teams) but to the Podium for the first time ever. The Medal and ribbon haul for our kids was enormous. On Day 1 Caleb and Samantha won Silver for the Team and Caleb was 4th. Rebekah placed 9th and her team placed 5th. The Hunting Skills team with Stephen Timbinaris, Jacob and Naomi finished 3rd and Stephen finished 3rd as an individual. Jimmy's Shotgun Team finished 4th, and had a Day 1 Champion! Day 2 saw Caleb and Samantha once again on the podium with a 3rd place finish, Rebekah made the stage with an 8th Individual and the podium with a team Bronze and Hunting Skills made the stage with a team 5th and Stephen once again scored with a 7th place Individual ribbon. The Shotgun Team had yet another 4th. Day 3 was also spectacular with Muzzlelaoder wininning Gold for the day and Caleb finishing 8th, Rebekah's pistol team won Bronze and the Hunting Skills team won Bronze again led by Jacob Durham with our only Member with an Individual Gold and Naomi's 4th place finish. Jimmy's Shotgun Team finished 7th for day 3.

The overall awards were also great with the Muzzloader Team finishing First Overall, Smallbore Pistol 2nd and Hunting Skills 3rd. Rebekah also finished 7th as an Individual as did Stephen and Jacob who hadn't shown up as an individual until day 3 with the big Gold Medal win ended up 4th. Caleb finished 10th Overall and Naomi just missed a top 10 finishing 11th by a fraction of a point. Jimmy's Team finished 4th by less than one target for the highest finish ever by a NC 4-H Shotgun Team. As stated before the NC Team finished 2nd for the second consecutive time behind Lousiana, but once again defeating traditional powerhouses Texas and Missouri. 

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Rebekah Walker-Smallbore Pistol

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Hunting Skills Team with Coach Emily Hellard

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Caleb Mathis and Samantha Taylor

Samantha, Jacob, Naomi,Stephen and Caleb

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Thanks to Community Support, TCYSS wins Major Grant!!! 

TCYSS received the most Votes and won the Eaton Funeral Services Grant for local charities! Eaton Funeral Services created this oppportunity to celebrate their 70th year in business serving the citizens of Mocksville and Davie County. We are so grateful to Eaton as well as all our supporters who voted for us. We are also very humbled by their support and promotion of our little Non-Profit. Congratulations also to Davie Pregnancy Care for finishing 2nd and the Farmington Community Association for their 3rd Place finish. We recived a check for $5000.00 which will go to upgrading our restroom and keeping our Programs going. Special Thanks to Danny Lough, our County 4-H Agent for making us aware of this opportunity. Thanks to Benita Finney and Nick Miller from Eaton for their support and to the Forbis Family who made this possible!

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TCYSS Awarded Range Improvement Grant from MidwayUSA Foundation!!!

Thanks to the Potter family and the graciousness of MIDWAYUSA Foundation, The TCYSS Range will be getting a much needed upgrade for our restroom facility...A Full-Size, Flushing Toilet and Composting Septic System. We were awarded $2500.00 as a Matching Grant to be used exclusively for the Improvement of our Restroom. 

Just to put this in context, when we first started TCYSS in 2012, we had a bucket with a container of dirt to put over your "business" when you finished inside a "Quaint" (LOL) Outhouse. We upgraded slightly in 2018 to a larger space with a running water sink and a porta-potty. Now we will have the real deal coming soon!!! the system is ordered and should arrive within 6-8 weeks. Meanwhile we will be moving and upgrading the actual restroom building.

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TCYSS Receives Grant from Friends of NRA for 9th Year in a Row!

TCYSS and Davie County 4-H Shooting Sports Club received a Club Grant from the Friends of NRA for the 9th Consecutive Year. This year was an unusual year and things were delayed for several months. We were told it would be a "lean' year due to the reduction of fundraising opportunities for the Friends of NRA in 2020. In fact there was a Friends of NRA

banquet scheduled for Davie County for April of 2020 that had to be cancelled due to the Covid-19 Shutdown. However, they came through for us once again. We have been able to maintain and grow because of the graciousness of the group. Most  of our Ammunition and targets are supplied as a result of these grants as well as some of our Firearms and most of our Traps. We certainly could not exist without their generosity! For our part, we like to support the NRA by encouraging our Parents and Members to join and to be active with area programs and fundraisers and to support the 2nd Amendment whenever possible. 

This years grant consisted entirely of Shotgun and Rimfire ammunition totaling $3700.00 in Value. It could not have come at a better time! Thank you Friends of NRA!!

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Caleb Mathis: Combined HOA, Doubles HOA, Varsity Singles HOA, Varsity Doubles HOA, Varsity Team Member

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Varisty Team L-R: Caleb Mathis, Naomi Hellard, Luke Barker, Dallie Lakey and Jacob Durham

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The Tom Cowden Youth Shooting Sports Shotgun Team had a Phenomenal Day on Saturday, May 1st, competing in the 2021NC SCTP Trap State Championship. The event was held at the Rockingham County Gun Club near Reidsville, NC. Representing TCYSS were the SCTP Varsity Team of Caleb Mathis, Dallie Lakey, Luke Barker, Naomi Hellard and Jacob Durham. Stephen Timbinaris also competed as a Varsity Individual along with JV Individual Gracie Marshall and Intermediate Individual Connor Mathis. The day started out with Gracie winning HOA in the Premier singles event with a score of 98/100 which included a "50 Straight" in the middle. Gracie was also Top Lady and Top JV for Singles. She will have her name along with Tom Cowden youth Shooting Sports engraved on the permanent Trophy to be displayed at the Rockingham County Gun Club aka The "Rock" permanently. Caleb Mathis and Stephen Timbinaris tied for top Varsity Shooter in Singles with Stephen conceding first place to Caleb due to his not being able to stay for the shoot-off. Both had 97/100. Luke Barker took HOA and Top Varsity Honors for Handicaps with a 91/100, and Caleb did the same for Doubles with a 94/100. Caleb also won the "coveted" HOA for combined events.

Connor Mathis also struck gold with his High Combined for the Intermediate Entry Division. The Varsity Team won Top Honors for the Tournament with their 443/500 in Singles. What a great day...The entire table of Individual HOA awards pretty much went out the door with TCYSS kids Saturday. To recap...TCYSS Kids won HOA for the Singles, Handicaps, Doubles, Combined, Varsity Team and Intermediate Entry Overall!!!!!!!!!. If it was on the Awards Table it pretty much went HOME with our kids!

TCYSS SCTP Team wins State Trap Championship!!!

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Luke Barker: Handicaps HOA, Varsity Handicaps HOA, Varsity Team Member

TCYSS Member wins 2021 NC 4-H Hunting Skills Tournament

Naomi Hellard of Davie County 4-H was HOA for the 2021 Hunting Skills Tournament by a mere 1 point over Emma Wilkie from Henderson County 4-H in the Senior Division. Luke Chappin from the Iredell County 4-H "Trouble Shooters" was third. In the Junior Division, Hunter Trivette from the Iredell Jr team finished first, with team mate Ty Anderson and Davie County's Riley Barnes finishing 2nd. Miller Motes from Henderson County finsished 3rd. 

The Tournament was held on February 13th at the TCYSS Range.

It consisted of 5 Challenges including Rifle, Shotgun (5-Stand), 3-D Archery,

Wild Game ID and a Hunting Knowledge Trail that includes general knowledge,

compass use and specific questions this year about small game,

Deer and Turkey hunting.

It was a cold wet day. 34 Degrees and a Steady rain.

All who braved the elements Saturday are Winners!

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Pictured Left to Right:

Naomi Hellard, Tournament HOA and Senior Division Champion.

Riley Barnes, Second Place Finisher for the Junior Division

Nelson Cowden, Tournament Director

4-H:"To make the best better."

 Trophy will feature Gracie Marshall as Singles NC SCTP State Champion and Tom Cowden Youth Shooting Sports to be displayed at the Rockingham County Gun Club in Perpetuity!

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Connor Mathis: Intermediate Entry Combined HOA

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Gracie Marshall: 2021 NC SCTP Trap State Champion, High Lady, JV HOA and JV Singles HOA