Upper Peninsula 4-H shooters compete in regional meet

Members of the Dickinson County 4-H Big Shooters Club include, from left, front, leader Linda Smith, Alexander Erickson, Nick Plaswirth, Lydia Wilson, Wyatt Glasheen, Willow Glasheen, and Bo Glasheen; back, Matthew Wilson, Colt Glasheen, leader Erik Wilson, Logan Smith, leader Jason Glasheen, Katherine Erickson, Tyler Parker, Hunter Glasheen, leader Amy Glasheen, Maryann Glasheen, Kaitlyn Fleming and leader Anthony Erickson. Not pictured is leader Cliff Smith.

CHANNING — More than 50 shooters and archers from five counties gathered in Channing earlier this month for the 4-H Upper Peninsula regional shoot, with many of the attendees vying to qualify for the state competition in August in Kimball.

Delta, Dickinson, Houghton, Iron and Schoolcraft counties were represented. Each attendee was allowed to enter in two events and more than 18 events were held.

This was the fifth time the annual shoot was held at the Sagola Township Sportsmen’s Club.

Results follow:

— In the beginner division (ages 9-11) four events were held. In BB gun, Noah Pendergraft (Delta) repeated his championship from 2017 with sister Brooklyn Pendergraft in second and Timothy Busick (Delta) earning third place. In beginner rifle, Alexander Erickson (Dickinson) bested Timothy Busick (Delta) and Augie Hamlin (Houghton).

Nick Plaswirth shoots the kneeling position on the .22 target rifle range during the 4-H Upper Peninsula regional shoot at the Sagola Township Sportsmen’s Club.

Beginner unsighted archery was a Houghton County sweep with Levi Bach earning the top spot followed by Lukas Mayer and Hamlin. Tim Nelson (Delta) took home the championship in sighted archery.

— The junior division (ages 12-14) had six events. The BB gun competition had Brennon Gursky (Iron) earning top honors over Tom Nelson (Delta). Air rifle had Ella Anderson (Iron) earning first place ahead of brothers Colt Glasheen and Wyatt Glasheen of Dickinson County. In the .22 small bore target rifle event, Colt Glasheen earned the championship with Anderson taking second and Wyatt Glasheen again in third. It marked Colt Glasheen’s third time earning a U.P. title.

Archery unsighted junior division had Caleb Bach (Houghton) repeating his championship from 2017, followed by Matthew Wilson (Dickinson) and Maria Chizek (Houghton). Archery sighted champion was Drew Allgeyer (Delta). Archery open was the final junior event with Kaitlyn Fleming (Dickinson) besting Gursky and Ryan LaReux (Houghton).

— In the senior division (ages 15-19) the competition was intense. Last year’s champion Cassandra Krenek (Delta) edged her brother Adam Krenek for the top spot in BB gun. It was Krenek’s third year in a row winning the BB gun senior event.

In air rifle, Katherine Erickson (Dickinson) earned her third straight title, followed by Mindy McKinnon (Iron) and Nicholas Plaswirth (Dickinson). In .22 small bore target rifle, Erickson again took first — her fourth straight title — as she bested McKinnon and Cassandra Krenek.

Alexander Erickson prepares for the beginner’s air rifle event.

In archery unsighted Noah Bach (Houghton) topped last year’s champion Alaina Bach (Houghton) and Logan Smith (Dickinson). In archery sighted, Scott Pendergraft (Delta) repeating as champion, his third straight title.

In the archery open, Lydia Wilson (Dickinson) defeated last year’s champion Logan Smith (Dickinson), followed by Jeremiah Black (Houghton).

This event could not have been held without the work of many volunteers. Range masters included Erik Wilson, Linda Smith, Jason and Amy Glasheen, Marvin Hill, Cliff Smith, Tony Erickson and Pat Scott. Many of the parents in attendance assisted with the scoring of targets.

David Radloff of Michigan State University-Extension in Delta County was the match director and coordinator.

For more information about 4-H shooting sports or other 4-H programs, please contact the Dickinson County MSU-Extension office at 906-774-0363.