Three members of the Pahrump Southern Nye County 4-H’s Shooting Sports Club scored high at a state-level competition.
Sebastian Fronk and twins Garrette and Augustes Domina achieved several awards in University of Nevada Cooperative Extension’s 2018 Nevada State 4-H Shooting Sports Match. The state competition brought out some 94 4-H youth ages nine to 19 from across Nevada on Sept. 28-29 at the Clark County Shooting Complex in Las Vegas.
The group works throughout the year practicing in preparation for the annual event, Fronk explained.
Fronk, of Pahrump 4-H’s shooting club placed 6th out of 14 competitors in the senior (ages 14-19) division in the archery freestyle category.
Fronk also earned a blue ribbon, which will allow him to compete at the national level in 2019. He earned the ribbon by meeting the minimum point requirement in his discipline and age class.
Augustes (Gus) Domina took second in the intermediate division (ages 11-13) in the competition’s archery freestyle category.
That garnered Augustes a silver medal second-place ranking against 26 other competitors from across the state in that category; he also took 12th place in the intermediate division (ages 11-13) for the shotgun category as well.
He earned two blue ribbons for his success and also moves on to the nationals.
Garrette Domina was also successful in the shotgun category, landing in 15th place out of 28 other competitors in the intermediate division. Garrette also took 10th in the archery freestyle category in the intermediate division. He will also get two blue ribbons.
In a group interview with Fronk, Garrette and Gus, the three said they each practice roughly between 15 and 20 hours a week to prepare for the annual competition, which they do on site at the 4-H’s building on Calvada Boulevard and at home.
To qualify for entering the state-level competitions, each of them had to qualify at the county level first, which is different at each age category: juniors, intermediate and seniors.
The county meeting was held at the Clark County Shooting Range on Aug. 25, where a blue-ribbon win was required to move on to the state level.
Three club members from the Pahrump 4-H’s shooting club achieved red ribbons during the county-level competition: Mikayla Delarosa, Tanith Grace and Landon Ingersoll. They did not move on to the state level, however.
Fronk said he is looking forward to the national competition.
“I’m really excited,” he said. “It’s a whole week of just shooting, practice, shooting, practice.”
The national event will be held in June 2019 in Grand Island, Nebraska at the Heartland Public Shooting Park.
Stormy Ingersoll, 4-H coordinator for the Southern Nye County division, said they “decided to really go for it this year (the state competition) because it was in Las Vegas; because it’s anywhere in the state, you never know where it’s going to be.”
The club is open to any 4-H member in the local club. Equipment is also available to use for those who don’t have their own crossbow available.
“It’s very popular,” Ingersoll said. “It’s great because it’s an expensive hobby, but yet we have the stuff.”
Ingersoll said they’ve gotten some grants for equipment and been able to buy some equipment from what’s known as the National Archery in the Schools Program.
Ingersoll said the local club is for ages 11 to 19, as there is no juniors division in Southern Nye County. She said the local club is limited in its resources (instructors).
The shooting club at the local 4-H is taught by two certified instructors: Pahrump 4-H leaders Vince Hall and Dusty Domina.
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Pahrump’s For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) Coalition is bringing the first-ever regional competitive meet-play for youth robotics teams to Pahrump from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 3.
Youths 12-18 from all over Southern Nevada will show off their engineering and programming skills at the event, held at the Nye Communities Coalition building, 1020 East Wilson Road.
The meet-play is hosted by 3 local FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) robotics teams under the auspices of Southern Nye County 4-H and Pahrump Valley High School. The event could bring in as many as 20 teams competing for high scores that will help them advance toward the state level robotics building competition. Winners at the state level may go on to compete internationally.
The public is invited and encouraged to attend. Check for updates in the Pahrump Valley Times.
Source: Pahrump Southern Nye County 4-H