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Simpson is overall champion at Smallbore Silhouette shoot

LINCOLN, Neb. – James Simpson of Wayne hit 35 of 40 targets to win the overall championship Sept. 29 at the Nebraska Youth Smallbore Silhouette Invitational at Pressey Wildlife Management Area south of Broken Bow.

High Girl winner Sadye Glendy of Broken Bow had the second-highest score of the day at 34. High Boy Cabe Schluckebier of Seward had a 33.

The overall team championship went to the 10X 4-H team from Seward, which hit 123 of 160 targets. Team members are Cabe and Zachary Schluckebier, Braden Hiser and Megan Vrbka.

The 72 competitors fired 40 rounds of .22 caliber ammunition with a rifle unsupported and off hand at steel silhouette targets. Each shot 10 shots at targets that were 43, 66, 84 and 109 yards in distance. The annual event is open to all Hunter Education graduates who are at least 11 years old and have not graduated high school.

The results are:

Individual Awards

State Champion – James Simpson, Wayne, 35 of 40

High Girl – 1. Sadye Glendy, Broken Bow, 34; 2. Danika Bohl, Mitchell, 33; 3. Megan Vrbka, Staplehurst, 33

High Boy – 1. Cabe Schluckebier, Seward, 33; 2. Zachary Schluckebier, Seward, 31; 3. Austin Rahmig, Gering, 31

Class B – 1. Cort West, Hazard, 30; 2. Riley Hadwiger, Pleasanton, 30; 3. Kaitlynn Pavel, York, 30

Light Scope – 1. Evan Oltmans, Beatrice, 29; 2. Lilly Hanley, Lincoln, 26; 3. Colt Dittbrenner, Beatrice, 25

Senior Division – 1. Emily Eilers, Wayne, 29; 2. Garrett Hier, Cortland, 29; 3. McKenna Darby, Pleasanton, 29

Unclassified – 1. Ellie Cline, Bridgeport, 27; 2. Ty Dittbrenner, Beatrice, 27; 3. Risken Dawson, O’Neill, 26

Heavy Scope – 1. Cooper Dixon, Pleasanton, 28; 2. Luke Olson, Atkinson, 27; 3. Ethan Wooldrik, West Point, 27

Junior Division – 1. Braden Hiser, Seward, 26; 2. Jaden Guernsey, Pickrell, 24; 3. Andrew Enns, Holmesville, 22

Light Iron – 1. Matthew Dailey, Thedford, 15; 2. Tyler Schukei, Litchfield, 10; 3. Levi Curtis, Atkinson, 9

Novice Division – 1. Cassidy Aycock, Marquette, 17

Novice Light Scope – 1. Cora Cooper, Ansley, 16

Heavy Iron – 1. Cody Shubert, Overton, 11

Novice Light Iron – 1. Kyle Rote, Lisco, 4

Team Awards

Overall High Score – 10X 4-H (Braden Hiser, Megan Vrbka, Zachary Schluckebier, Cabe Schluckebier), 123 of 160

4-H Division – 1. Homestead No. 1 (Colt Dittbrenner, Evan Oltmans, Garrett Hier, Ty Dittbrenner), 110. 2. River’s Edge, 107; 3. Four Valleys, 89

School Division – 1. Anselmo-Merna High School (Joel Finney, Cort West, Troy Kirkpatrick, Kade Safranek), 82; 2. Litchfield No. 1, 76; 3. Litchfield No. 2, 18

Open Division – 1. Curious (James Simpson, Mitchell Fischer, Lilly Hanley, Eimly Eilers), 114; 2. Open No. 1, 92; 3. (tie) Open No. 3, Grand Island Rifle Club, 78

About Jerry Kane

Jerry Kane is the news manager with the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. He can be contacted at jerry.kane@nebraska.gov or 402-471-5008.

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