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Photo provided Doddridge County’s Jack Hutson won first place in the muzzleloader competition and was crowned national champion at the National 4-H Shooting Sports Competition June 26-July 1 in Grand Island, Neb.

WEST UNION — A Doddridge County teenager ranked first in the nation in muzzleloading and his team recently placed second overall in the National 4-H Sport Shooting Championship in Nebraska.

Jack Hutson won first place in the muzzleloader competition and was crowned national champion at the National 4-H Sport Shooting Competition from June 26 to July 1 in Grand Island, Neb., according to a news release. of the WVU Extension Service.

Hutson and team members Zane Weaver (both of Doddridge County), Andrew Means (Clay County) and Ethan Fullen (Monroe County) also recorded a historic second-place finish in the side-loading team event. the mouth, which included composite scores from the 50-yard target. , novelty of 25 meters and silhouettes.

Justin Mace, also from Doddridge County, took second place in 3D compound archery and finished ninth overall in the archery discipline, according to the press release.

Hutson, who started participating in the shooting sports program at age 9, said it was special to represent West Virginia 4-H on the national stage.

“The National Shooting Sports Championship was super fun and it was great to meet people from all over the country,” he said. “Our team faced tough competition and we performed very well.

“Coming home with a second place in our first muzzleloader event is pretty special. I’m super proud of all of our teammates, including Justin Mace who won a great archery victory. It was an honor for us to represent the West Virginia 4-H.

The goal of all WVU Extension 4-H programs is the development of young people as individuals and as responsible, productive citizens. The National 4-H Sport Shooting Program stands out as an example in which young people learn marksmanship, the safe and responsible use of firearms, the principles of hunting and archery, and much more, according to the press release.

The national meet, hosted by Nebraska 4-H, featured more than 700 4-H’ers from across the country competing in nine different disciplines. Thirteen West Virginia 4-H members traveled to the championship to compete in four disciplines at the national event.

“Muzzleloading is an important part of our Appalachian heritage and is a great way to promote safe gun use among 4-H youth. But our 4-H Shooting Sports program is so much more than that,” said Michael Shamblin, WVU Extension Clay County agent and shooting sports instructor, who coached the muzzleloader team. “I cannot begin to describe the responsibility, decision-making skills, teamwork and integrity that these young men have shown.

“They have represented all of us in the most positive way.”

Shamblin also noted that this was West Virginia’s first time participating in the national 4-H muzzleloading discipline, and it took a community of caring adults to make it happen. In addition to 4-H instructors, team practices were supported by the West Virginia Muzzleloaders Association.

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Joseph K. Bennett