Dickinson shooters capture 4-H titles
CHANNING — Forty-five 4-H members representing five Upper Peninsula counties were in attendance as the Sagola Township Sportsmen’s Club hosted shooters and archers in a regional championship earlier this month.
Each shooter could enter two events and there were three age classifications. The beginner category is for shooters ages 9 to 11. The junior category is for shooters ages 12 to 14 and the senior category is for ages 15 to 19. Of the 14 divisions that were held at the regional, Dickinson County earned the top spot in eight of them.
In the BB gun beginner division, Tom Nelson of Delta County earned first place, followed by Tim Busick, also of Delta County. William Bolander of Dickinson County took third place.
BB gun junior division had Brennon Gursky of Iron County repeating as champion. Earning second place was Seth Ryan, also of Iron County, and in third was Brianna Tiglas of Schoolcraft County. In the BB gun senior division, Adam Krenek of Delta County moved up from last year’s second spot to earn the championship.
Air rifle beginner division was an all-Dickinson County show. Alexander Erickson repeated as champion, followed by William Bolander and Gracie Swank.
The junior air rifle division had Wyatt Glasheen, also of Dickinson County, move up from his third-place finish in 2018 to earn the championship.
The air rifle senior division had Katherine Erickson of Dickinson County repeating as champion. She has finished first in air rifle every year since 2016. Erickson was followed closely by Mindy McKinnon of Iron County with Dickinson County’s Sydney Smith finishing third.
In the .22 small bore event, junior division competitor Wyatt Glasheen won his second championship of the day. Trinity Busick of Delta County earned second place.
The .22 small bore senior division had Katherine Erickson earning her second championship of the day, also marking her fifth year in a row as U.P. champion. She was followed by Colt Glasheen of Dickinson County and Adam Krenek of Delta County.
A new division was the .22 field class, as Michigan is one of the few states that shoots the .22 field class at the annual state shoot. The field class has less equipment and very basic rifle requirements. In the senior division, it was once again all Dickinson County. Colt Glasheen earned the title spot, followed by Nick Plaswirth and Ashly Robertson.
There were two archery divisions. In the unsighted archery division, no sights or releases are allowed. In the open archery division, sights of all types are allowed, along with releases. In the unsighted archery beginner division, Tim Busick of Delta County took first place, followed by Olivia Tiglas of Schoolcraft County and Levi Bach of Houghton County.
Unsighted archery junior division had Karrisa Krazich of Houghton County earning top honors, with Brianna Tiglas of Schoolcraft County taking second. Unsighted archery senior division had Noah Bach of Houghton County repeat as the 4-H U.P. champion. He was followed by Caleb Bach, also of Houghton County, and Mindy McKinnon of Iron County.
In the open archery beginner division, Alexander Erickson of Dickinson County earned his second title of the day. Leslie Connin of Schoolcraft County earned second and Tom Nelson of Delta County placed third. Open archery junior division had Trinity Busick of Delta County earning top honors. Brennon Gursky of Iron County repeated his 2018 finish in second place while Morgan Frazer of Delta County finished third.
Open archery senior division had yet another all-Dickinson County finish. Logan Smith moved up from his second-place finish in 2018 to win the championship, narrowly edging last year’s champion, Lydia Wilson. Placing third was Megan Arndt.
Many of the shooters who attended the U.P. regional will participate in the 4-H state shoot in August in downstate Kimball. For more information about 4-H programming and opportunities in Dickinson County, contact Jessica Coron at 906-302-3253.