Ascension Parish 4H Shooting Sports holds invitational competition

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

On April 13, the Ascension Parish 4 H Shooting Sports Team held its third annual Shooting Sports Competition in Sorrento. There were 165 participants from seven different parishes competing in several different disciplines such as BB gun, air rifle, air pistol, .22 rifle, .22 pistol, archery and Shotgun.

The morning started off at 6 a.m. with instructors and volunteers getting there to start setting things up for the events of the day. They were very fortunate to have a beautiful day even though the wind did pick up later in the day. The competitors started arriving at about 7 that morning to check in and then headed out to their event areas and starting to get their equipment ready for their events. Before the competition started, there was a brief safety meeting and also a reminder that the event was for the kids and for everyone to have a good time.

Everyone seemed to enjoy the lovely weather and the great jambalaya that was cooked by world champion Tee Wayne Abshire. It was a long day with that many participants, which was up by 35 from the previous years.

After all the events were finished and the scores counted and recounted, it was time to hand out the awards. The competitors from Ascension Parish 4 H ended up winning several medals in this competition.

In junior archery, Paige Ellis took home a gold medal in the genesis bow class, and she also won the Overall Award, which was a combination of her scores from the competition and the one held in East Baton Rouge in March. In Senior Archery, Anthony Picou brought home a bronze medal in the Compound Bow Division National Competition, and Joseph Babineaux also brought home a bronze medal In the Sighted Recurve Bow Division National Competition having just sighted in his bow just a few minutes before the competition started.

In the Junior Air Rifle Competition, Matthew Abshire was a big winner bringing home the gold medal and also winning the overall title with the combination of his scores from the East Baton Rouge Competition. In Senior Air Pistol, Bobby Brignac brought home the silver medal even though he didn't get a chance to have as much practice as he would have liked with his rapid-fire gun.

In Junior Shotgun, Noah Stafford was the big winner with a score of 42/50 to bring home the gold medal with Matthew Abshire close behind with a 40 to bring home the bronze medal.

In the Senior Shotgun, Anthony Picou won the overall title with a combination of his scores from this shoot and the one in East Baton Rouge. In Senior .22 Pistol, David Janis brought home two silver medals, one in slow fire and the other in the Camp Perry class. In Junior .22 Rifle CMP, Cameron Braud brought home the silver medal and Noah Stafford the bronze medal. In Senior .22 Rifle CMP, Brendon Raffray won a bronze medal.

As you can tell, the Ascension parish team has done very well. They are now getting ready for the regional competition, which will take place on April 25-28 in Lake Charles.

They have so many people they want to thank for helping make the event a huge success.

They thank Tee Wayne Abshire for the delicious jambalaya, St. James Parish Sheriff Willie Martin for the use of his tent, CF Industries for the use of their tent, Bouncing Around Inflatables and River Parish Tent Rentals for donating a tent, the Sorrento Fire Department for coming out and standing by just in case they would be needed, Cabela's for their donations and all the volunteers and parents for making the event a huge success and of course, the Ascension Parish School Board because without them, none of it would be possible.