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Local 4-H archery team named fourth in state
4H archery
Pictured L to R: Coach Larry Painter, Jonathan Echols, Ken Spangler, Tristian Brooksher, Shelton Pugh, Savannah Greene, Russell Fambrough, Bre Grindle, Coach Bobby Miller and Nick Pettyjohn and Kasen Hill kneeling in front. - photo by For the Dawson County News

The Dawson County 4-H Archery Team competed at the Georgia 4-H state match in April with almost 600 shooters from all over the state. Several Dawson County shooters shot their best scores at the match, with the Senior Compound Team placing fourth in the state out of approximately 40 teams. The team is coached by Larry Painter, Bobby Miller and Delena Spangler.

One of the Dawson County 4-H Archers, Shelton Pugh, recently earned the Gold Medal at The State Games of America in Lynchburg, VA.  The State Games of America is an Olympic-style event featuring competitions in a variety of outdoor sports held every other year. There are currently 30 states conducting or organizing statewide sports festivals known as State Games. Competitors who win Gold, Silver or Bronze at their state level will then advance to the national competition. This year’s competition was held July 31–Aug. 4, 2019 in Lynchburg, VA.

Pugh shoots archery in the Senior Compound Division with the Dawson County 4-H S.A.F.E.  (Shooting Awareness & Fun Education) Team throughout the school year, and with the USA Archery circuit year round.

If you have a fourth-12th  grade student, public or home schooled, interested in learning more about the 4-H Archery Team, please contact the Extension Office as soon as possible. Practices will be starting early September.

Georgia 4-H Project S.A.F.E. uses the shooting sports to teach many valuable life skills. It provides youth a place to develop a sense of belonging, learn teamwork in a safe environment and increase concentration skills. 

Safety and the responsible use of firearms and archery equipment is a primary goal. Trained volunteers lead clubs in BB, Air Rifle, Air Pistol, 22 Rifle, Shotgun and Archery in over 110 counties. Be on the lookout, B.B. Team information will be coming soon.

For more information on the 4-H program in Dawson County please call (706) 265-2442.