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Izard County on the mark at regionals

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

The Izard County shooting sports squad had two teams finish in the top four in the North Regional Shooting Sports Tournament at Remington Gun Club in Lonoke on May 31.

The high school team of Melissa Rush, Wade Hilliker, Dustin Noblin, Caleb Blevins and Ethan Porter placed second in the 75-squad senior high division. The team finished third in the preliminary round to advance to the tournament field of the top 16 teams.

In the tournament, the team defeated Southside 106-105, Marshall 107-104, and Rector 111-107, before losing to Mountain Home in the finals, 114-108.

The team hit 86 percent of their shots on the day.

The junior high team of Jake Dockins, Jordan Everett, Preston Harmon, Toby Wallace and Isaac Blankenship finished fourth in the junior high division out of 40 squads.

The junior team placed fifth in the preliminary round to qualify for the 16-team tournament and defeated Baxter County 4-H Club and Calico Rock before losing to Mountain Home and Valley Springs to finish fourth.

The team hit 76 percent of their shots on the day.

The two teams competed June 7 at Lonoke for the state championship.

Shooting sports is sponsored by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission and team members use either a .12 or .20-gauge shotgun.

The senior high team of Robert Brown, Ryan Walker, Ryan Smith, Jed Yarnell and Jeremy Burns also competed well in the tournament.

The team qualified for the final 16-team tournament by placing 10th after losing to Rector in the first round of the tournament.

The team hit 78 percent of their shots on the day.

Izard County's third senior high team had a good day and hit 70 percent of their shots in the tournament. Team members are Gage Wolford, Jerry Walsh, Jacob Denny, James Keller and Caleb Cowan.

C.J. Kemp competed as a single entry on a team and hit 86 percent of his shots.

Jeremy Burns and Melissa Rush each received an award for hitting a perfect 25 shots out of 25 in an individual round. This is the first year of competition in shooting sports by Izard County and the team's coach is Wayne Neal.

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