Two dozen Grant County 4-H archers competed Saturday in traditional and freestyle contests.
The groups, led by archery coaches Andy Day and Mike Springer, gathered at the John Day Industrial Park with family and friends looking on.
Both coaches said they’ve been impressed by the youths’ progress.
“It’s really neat to see the improvement in these kids each year, and it’s a measurable improvement,” Springer said.
“All these kids, from the beginning, have matured quite well,” Day said, adding their progress has been “dramatic.”
The archery 4-H’ers competing Saturday range in age from 9-18 and come from nearly every corner of the county.
Julianna Smucker, 18, who is a senior archer in her fourth year, had quite a few arrows from her compound bow hit the bullseye.
“We skipped last year, but came back this year because it’s a lot of fun,” she said. “I didn’t want to miss out on my last year.”
Preston Boethin, 13, said he prefers using a traditional bow.
“It’s fun,” he said. “It’s a challenge because you don’t have sights, so it’s by instinct.”
June Wolf said she appreciates the help the coaches give at practice and during the shoot off.
Some of the archers like shooting for practice, while others such as Declan Zweygardt additionally appreciate the skills they build for the hunting season.
“Getting to compete is fun and enjoyable, especially when you’re doing good,” he said. “I archery hunt elk and deer. It’s fun and helps you get dialed in for the hunting season.”
Alexis Anderton, 163 points, white ribbon
Preston Boethin, 241, red
Kate Hughes, 233, red
Riley Reames, 219, red
Leah Comer, 208, white
Emily Springer, 302, blue, champion
Andrea Comer, 271, blue, reserve champion
June Wolf, 376, blue, champion
Talon VanCleave, 360, blue, reserve champion
Gus McDaniel, 332, blue
JW Haskins, 292, red
Madi Grassl, 265, white
Ava Gerry, 262, white
Gabriel Smucker, 397, blue, champion
Declan Zweygardt, 396, blue, reserve champion
Tara Miller, 378, blue
Isaac Koopman, 377, blue
Lucas Wolf, 345, blue
Honorae Miller, 337, blue
Paige Gerry, 332, blue
Logan Namitz, 305, red
Analisha Smucker, 256, white
Ty McDaniel, 394, blue, champion
Julianna Smucker, 393, blue, reserve champion
Abby Winegar, 374, blue
Kolby “Opie” McDaniel, 367, blue
Mason Gerry, 360, blue