Next Davie Co 4-H Shooting Sports Club Meeting-

May 10th Meeting at 6:30pm Postponed until next Monday May 17th due to the threat of Severe Thunderstorms.

 All members must be current with 4-H. Please go to and check that you and your family are up to date. Masks will be required in most situations as well as social distancing.

TCYSS SCTP Team wins State Trap Championship!!!

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!


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

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

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

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

Connor Mathis: Intermediate Entry Combined HOA


 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!

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!

TCYSS SCTP TEAM wins Big at SCTP State and Regional Trap Shoots

Seven Members of the TCYSS Scholastic Clay Target Program competed on June 27th at the NC State Singles Trap Tournament and the Mid-Atlantic Trap Tournament for Singles, Handcaps and Doubles Trap held at the Rockingham County Gun Club. The Varsity Team of Jacob Durham, Luke Barker, Dallie Lakey, Taylor Horner and Naomi Hellard took HOA Team for State and Regional in all three categories. Gracie Marshall Competed in the Intermediate Division and took 2nd HOA in Singles. Gracie also shot her first 25 Straight in the competition. Luke Barker shot his first 25 Straight for ATA/AIM in an amazing shootoff against team member Taylor Horner. Luke shot a perfect 25 to Taylor's 24 on to take top honors for Junior C Class Division in ATA/AIM. Stephen Timbinaris took top honors for the JV Division in both State and Mid-Atlantic Tournaments for Combine HOA. This was also the "Debut" of the TCYSS AIM Team which is the youth division of the Amateur Trap Association (ATA)

TCYSS receives Donation from the Foothills Habitat Conservation Organization

DC 4-H and TCYSS Receive 2020 Grants from Friends of NRA


The Davie County 4-H Shooting Sports Club received a very Gracious Club Grant from the Friends of NRA totalling over $4800.00 in much needed and appreciated Shotgun shells, .22 LR Ammunition and Clay Targets. Tom Cowden Youth Shooting Sports also received a Range Grant worth over $2000.00. The Range Grant includes 2 Precision Air rifles and two Air Pistols to enhance our Air Gun capabilities with 4-H. Air Rifle is one of our weakest disciplines, not because of skill but due to equipment. These Rifles will allow our kids to "show their stuff" this coming Summer! Air Pistol has been growing with our club for several years and this will give more of our kids more quality equipment to use for practice and competition. Again Thanks to Friends of NRA!!


Left to Right: Luke Barker, Taylor Horner, Stephen Timbinaris, Gracie Marshall and Naomi Hellard...Nnot Pictured: Jacob Durham and Dallie Lakey


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

4th Annual NC 4-H Hunting Skills Tournament has Great Turnout

The 4th Annual 4-H Hunting Skills Tournament was held on Saturday January 11th at The Millstone 4-H Center. It was the largest turnout so far for this event with 45 Competitors, 7 Senior Teams and 4 Junior Teams along with Individuals came from as far east as Camden and Pitt Counties and as far west as Henderson and Transylvania Counties. Pitt County took top Team Honors with Chatham and Randolph Teams close behind. Top Junior teams were Iredell, Chatham and Camden Counties.Gold Medalist Individuals for Seniors were Shelby Lynn Walters (Chatham Co) and Jim Kitrell (Pitt Co.) in a tie. Senior Silver went Stephen Timbinaris from Davie County 4-H and Bronze to Ethan Howard from Camden County. To Junior Teams were Iredell Co followed by only two points by Chatham County. Camden County Juniors finished 3rd. Individual HOAs were Laura Ann Walters from Chatham with the Gold, Collin Owen from Transylvania Co won Silver and Luke Chappin from Iredell Co took Bronze. The 4-H Hunting Skills Tournament features 6 "Challenges" including 3-D Archery, Smallbore Rifle and 5-Stand Shotgun, Wildlife ID, Hunter Decision Making and a General Knowledge Trail/Skills Trail.

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First Ever Tom Cowden Invitational Skeet and Sporting

Clays Shoot Held on December 28th, 2019

TCYSS hosted the First and hopefully Annual Tom Cowden Invitational Youth Shoot on December 28th at  Hunting Creek Preserves near Harmony NC. The event included a 100 bird Sporting Clays Shoot and a 50 Bird Skeet Shoot. This event was a "crossover event" with Youth Organizations being invited from several different Shooting Sports Organizations including 4-H, The Scholastic Clay Target Program or SCTP and NC wildlife Hunter Education Teams. There were competitors from DAvie Co 4-H and TCYSS SCTP, Rose Hill SCTP, Nash Co 4-H, Forbush High School SCTP and Hunter Ed. Davie County Hunter Ed. Other 4-H Competitors came from Henderson Co, Iredell Co, Yancey Co, Randolph Co, and others. The Top Teams were the NC 4-H Shotgun Team Alumni, Rose Hill and Forbush Respectively. Top HOAs, were Evan Harris from Catawba County 4-H Alumni, Kody Wilder from Randolph County 4-H Alumni, and Stephen Timbinaris from Davie County 4-H and TCYSS SCTP. There were 42 kids involved and a separate shoot for Adults. A great day weather wise and a nice retreat from the hustle and bustle of the Holiday Season. We hope to continue with this Shoot for years to come.

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Kody Wilder on the left, 2nd HOA for Combined Skeet and SC HOA ...Stephen Timbinaris on the Right, 3rd Combined HOA and Varsity HOA

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Senior Blaze Team and Individuals have Excellent Showing in  2019 State 4-H Tournament

Our most experienced Senior Team, the Davie Senior Blaze Team had a strong showing winning 2 Team Golds, a Silver and 2 Bronze Medals and finishing 4th in the other two events they participated in on Saturday, September 21. The Senior Blaze Team included Caleb Mathis, Mattie Clark and Stephen Walker. All three are veteran participants both at the State and National Level and this was Stephen's and Mattie's last 4-H State Tournament as they are now officially "aged out". Caleb returns for 2 more Seasons. The Senior Blaze Team won the Telescopic Sight-Smallbore Rifle Competition and the Muzzleloader Competition, finished second in Open Sight-Smallbore Rifle, and placed Third in Smallbore Pistol and Match Compound Archery. They were also a close 4th in Hunter/Sporter Compound Archery missing out on 3rd by 1X and Caleb's Shotgun Team finished a close 4th. 

In addition to the Team Awards, Stephen Walker had two HOA Golds in Smallbore Pistol and Muzzleloader, and a 3rd in Air Pistol. Caleb finished just behind Stephen by 1 point in Muzzleloader with a Silver. Stephen's younger Sister and up and coming Competitor, Rebekah Walker, won the HOA for Air Pistol and also finished with a 2nd for Muzzleloader in a tie with Caleb. Stephen Timinaris finished 3rd Overall in Shotgun after losing a Shootoff to break a 2nd place tie. Many other seniors finished in the Top 10.

Our Junior Team had only 5 Competitors this year and 3 were in their first State Tournament ever. Timothy Walker was the only Junior to Medal this year with a Bronze in Junior Air Pistol. However several shot their Personal Bests beating their Regional Scores.

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Senior Blaze: Caleb, Mattie and Stephen

Rebekah Walker

Stephen Timbinaris

Timothy Walker

The 2019 DAvie County 4-H Shooting Sports Club Competition Team: LR-Isaiah Mitchell, Chandler Carter (Kneeling), Stephen Walker, Elijah Parker (Kneeling), Righteous Cline, Mattie Clark, Naomi Hellard, Rebekah Cline, Brantlee Evans(Front), Dallie Lakey, Samantha Taylor, Connor Mathis, Miracle Cline, Riley Barnes(Front), Timothy Walker, Caleb Mathis, Jacob Durham, Stephen Timinaris.
4-H Leaders take Courses to Improve Their Skills as Coaches

Paragon Examiners and New Graduates: L-R Gary Sopnicar (Traveled from Ohio for his SCTP Team), Examiner Mike Fine, Barron Church, Jimmy Staley, Nelson Cowden and Paragon Founder and Chief Examiner Daniel Schindler

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2018 4-H State Tournament is Showcase for DC 4-H Teams!!

Great day at the 2018 NC 4-H State Shooting Sports Tournament!!! We had 3 Team Champions!!! A first for our club! We have had quite a few Individual Champions over the past 5 years, but a Team Championship has eluded us. Lots of 2nd and 3rds and lots of Regional Team Champions...But never a State Champion Team...well we took care of that yesterday! Our Junior “Blaze” Compound Archery Team of Samantha Taylor, Naomi Hellard, Jacob Durham and Dallie Lakey finished first by a mere 0.75 points over the Ashe County Team to take First!!! Our Senior “Blaze” Compound Match Archery Team with Stephen Walker, Caleb Mathis and Maddie Clark finished 1st and they earned 2nd in Compound Sporter Archery ...the Same three in addition to Mason Hollar also were Champions in O-Class (Open Sight) Smallbore Rifle. 
Junior Blaze also had a Silver and a Bronze in the two Rifle Competitions and the Senior Blaze Team finished Second in Muzzleloader, missing first by 0.35 of a point. We also had several Individual awards too...will Post when I get a chance to sort it all out! A Wonderful day. Great Job to our Parents for keeping everyone fed, hydrated and generally happy.


Junior Blaze Compound Archery Team-L-R Samantha Taylor, Jacob Durham, Naomi Hellard, Dallie Lakey


Senior Blaze Team L-R: Stephen Walker, Mason Hollar, Caleb Mathis, Maddie Clark


Stephen Walker is the 2018 National 4-H Shooting Sports Smallbore Pistol National Champion!!!. Stephen placed 8th on Day One of the Competition and in Multiple ties for 2nd Place on Days 2 and 3. He was bumped to 5th on day 2 and 4th on day 3, but had the consistency and score to put him Over the Top for the Highest Honor of all and Won HOA for Smallbore Pistol in Grand Island, Nebraska on June 30th, 2018.!!! We couldn't be prouder of Stephen! This young Man has worked hard at all aspects of his Shooting Sports. He has been a 4-H  State Champion in Archery and Air Pistol and a Regional 4-H Champion in several Disciplines...he has even been a regional Archery Champion for the District 7 Wildlife Tournament. Now he has accomplished the Highest Honor in 4-H Shooting Sports!

The NC Smallbore Pistol Team Finished 4th Overall in the Competition.

On the Right...NCWRC Junior Shotgun Champion Naomi Hellard.

The 2018 TCYSS NC SCTP Senior JV Champions

NC 4-H Shotgun Team Members, Seth Fox, Jonathan Rogers, Coach Jimmy Staley, Zack Reaves and Zoe Staley


Top Female SCTP Shooter Zoe Staley on Right

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