Article submitted by Cynthia Marxen
On Saturday, March 16, eight Hettinger County 4-H members competed at the East Regional 4-H Archery Tournament at the NISHU Bowman Building in Bismarck. The Beginner Bare Bow team took 2nd place. The team made up of Meadow Olsonowski (4th place) , Emma Olsonowski (8th place) and Mark Schmidt in (11th place). Mark also competed in the Beginner Freestyle competition. In the Junior Bare Bow division Katie Schmidt took home 5th place honors. She also participated in the Junior Freestyle contest. Sydney Steiner took 6th in Senior Bare Bow and Will Schmidt placed 12th. Will also competed in the Senior Freestyle Division.
The Hettinger County 4-H’ers kicked off their Archery season on December 20, 2018. The members practice from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm each Tuesday and Thursday evening at the Mott/Regent Gymnasium in Mott and every Wednesday evening from 6:30-8:30 at the New England Gymnasium in New England. 4-H’ers who attend practice use Genesis bows. They practice technique, form, safety and accuracy. The Hettinger County 4-H Archery program also offers competition practice for those 4-H’ers who are interested in shooting in different types of competition offered throughout the state. This particular type of archery shooting involves using bows using sights in the case of freestyle and not using sights when shooting bare bow. The public is invited to watch the youth practice and hone their skills for the upcoming meets.