April 22-- The Toombs County 4-H shotgun team competed in the 2011 Southeast District 4-H Shotgun Match and State Qualification Event at Hanging Rocks Plantation in Jenkins County. The team from Toombs County competed against almost 300 shotgun shooters at the match.
To advance to the state match on May 7, 2011 at Rock Eagle 4-H Center, Junior 4-H members had to break at least 16 of 25 targets and Senior 4-H member must break 20 of 25 targets. Team members Will Brown, Tyler Chancey, Katie Earls, Matt Hadley, Seth Moser, Dalton Ridgdill, Seth Todd and Mitch Williamson advanced to the state competition.
Local 4-H'ers who competed were: Ethan Brown, Will Brown, Tyler Chancey, Ryan Copeland, Emily Earls, Katie Earls, Matt Hadley, Dylan Harden, Matt Hadley, Meghan Hadley, Landon James, Lili Hester, Nick Hester, Seth Moser, Dalton Ridgdill, Kassie Rivers, Trenton Stephens, Seth Todd, Christopher Warren, Kimberly Warren, Chase Williams and Mitch Williamson.
The team practiced weekly since February to prepare for the competition. Each team member was also required to successfully complete the Georgia Hunter Safety Program.
The Georgia 4-H Shooting Awareness, Fun and Education Program (S.A.F.E.) is sponsored by The Georgia 4-H Foundation. The Toombs County program is in its fifth year. Local sponsors of this year's team included Brown Implement and Milling, Chatters, Dykes Concrete, Friends of the NRA, Lasseter Implement Company, Liberty Baptist Church, McLain Farms, Spivey Orthopedic Clinic, Southern Steel Detailing, Inc., Toombs County Farm Bureau, Vidalia Federal Savings Bank, Georgia Small Business Council and Vidalia Medical Associates.
The team is coached by Project S.A.F.E. Certified Coach David Garrett, John Hadley, Wendell Harvey, Jamason Odom and Dover Williamson. The Toombs County 4-H Program is under the coordination of Cheryl Poppell, Extension Coordinator and Lesli Garrett 4-H Program Assistant.