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4-H competition archers qualify for national games
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From left: Dawson County 4-H members and archers Ken Spangler, 15, Rebecca Spangler, 18, and Morgan Chastain, 14, recently competed for medals that qualify them for the State Games of America in Grand Rapids, Mich. this August. - photo by For the Dawson County News

Three Dawson County 4-H members recently competed in the Georgia Games where they qualified for a national competition in archery.

Shooting July 8 in Conyers at the Earl O'Neal sports complex, Morgan Chastain, Ken Spangler and Rebecca Spangler brought home silver and bronze medals, qualifying them for the State Games of America this August.

Chastain, 14, is a rising ninth grader at Dawson County Junior High School, and brought home silver in her age group. She shoots compound and this year will be in her third year with the local 4-H archery team.

Ken Spangler, 15, is a rising sophomore in a homeschool program and brought home silver in his age group. He shoots compound and this year will be his second year on the team.

Rebecca Spangler, 18, brought home bronze at both this year and last year's game. She shoots recurve. She graduated in May, will be attending Lanier Tech this fall and will be assisting with the team as well.

The team will be shooting at the State Games of America in Grand Rapids, Mich. Aug. 5 and 6. The game will be at the West Michigan Archery Center just north of Grand Rapids.

Both Spanglers will be shooting 70, 60, 50 and 30 meters over the course of the two days, shooting six rounds each distance with six arrows shot at each round.

Morgan will be shooting 60, 50, 40 and 30 meters, shooting six rounds each distance with six arrows shot at each round.

The team will shoot a total of 144 arrows for score.

More than 40 sports will be competing for gold, silver and bronze at the State Games of America, according to Tabatha Chastain, who organizes the paperwork for the archery team.

Chastain explained the difference between the two disciplines used by the team: Compound and recurve. The biggest difference is the type of bow used, she said.

Recurve uses a traditional looking bow, with just a single string, whereas compound uses a pulley system.

Chastain said the local 4-H program accepts students in fourth through 12th grade in either discipline, compound or recurve.

"We compete in two state competitions through 4-H and several local comps as well as several 3-d shoots," Chastain said.

4-H is the youth program of the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. For more information about this program or other 4-H activities in Dawson County, contact Chesley Davis or Samantha Graves at the UGA Cooperative Extension Service at (706) 265-2442.