The 2014 4-H BB shooting team, led by coaches Robert Ellis, Daniel Vaughn and Darla Bonner, recently traveled to Dickson for the state BB shooting competition.
Each competitor shoots a muzzle-loaded single shot BB gun named the Daisy AVANTI Champion Model 499. It is billed as the most accurate BB gun in the world and is the only gun approved for the Daisy National 5-meter competition.
During the match, each team shoots in four positions, prone, standing, sitting and kneeling, and is also scored on a safety exam in order to qualify for individual and team medals. The written safety test comprises a substantial percentage of each competitor’s final score.
This year there were 128 5-meter match competitors at the state competition, with 21 of those being from Fayetteville.
Lincoln County sent three teams and three individual competitors. One of these Lincoln County teams placed eighth out of 20 teams. These team members are Caroline Bonner, Sarah Ellis, Chandler Heffington, Travis Leimer and Sabrina Rascoe.
Last year coaches Robert Ellis and Daniel Vaughn led a team to the Daisy National BB Gun Championship in Rogersville, Ark. This team consisted of Carlee Cowan, Lily Cowan, Sean Rascoe, Destiny Thornton, and Colton Vaughn. The alternates for this team were Kaitlynn Ellis and Sarah Ellis. This team was awarded the Eddie Harper Memorial Trophy. This award is given each year to the team whose scores are most improved from their state qualifying match to their shooting scores from the Daisy National BB Gun Championship. These competitors were eligible to shoot as individuals in this year’s Champion of Champions match.
Competing in this year’s match were Carlee Cowan, Lily Cowan, and Sean Rascoe. Placing fifth overall was Lily, fourth overall was Sean, and Carlee won third overall. Carlee is now eligible to participate in this year’s National Champion of Champions match to be held in Rogersville and hosted by Daisy.
The Daisy Nationals is the largest and longest continuously running BB gun competition. Only the top three teams and top three individuals in each state sanctioned match qualify to compete in the Daisy Nationals.