The Barbers Hill 4-H Shotgun team returned home from the Texas 4-H Shooting State Games Shotgun Championships with plenty of hardware. From left are, Conner Wallace, Dason Wilchek, Joe Vavra, Kolt Prater, Cody Tallant, Callie Welty, Chailey Wilchek, Ethan McCoy, Ethan Tindol, Wyatt Gates, Dane Goulding and Logan Lotz.

One squad representative captures individual crown

Six members of the Barbers Hill 4-H Shotgun team returned home following a strong performance at the Texas 4-H Shooting Sports State Games Shotgun Championships in San Antonio at the National Shooting Complex.

Chailey Wilchek, who will attend Angelo State University in the fall on a shooting scholarship, finished runner-up in the Lady Senior 2 division, just missing on an opportunity to reclaim the title she won a year ago.

“I felt like I could have done a whole lot better if I had my head on right,” Wilchek said. “It was just a tough week and I had to get through it. 

“The team did pretty good and we supported each other throughout the week. The course that we shot at was a very beautiful place, but it was hot and humid.”

Wilchek also finished second in the American skeet, sporting and Whiz-bang competitions.

Wilchek also teamed with Ethan McCoy for third in the Senior 2 two-man team American skeet.

Dason Wilchek, Conner Wallace and Joe Vavra also brought home third-place with their performance in the Senior 1 American Skeet three-man team shoot.

Wallace won the Senior 1 American Trap Lewis B Class title and finished second in the Senior 1 modified trap shoot.

Wyatt Gates capped the tournament off with a Senior 1 American Trap Lewis B third-place finish.

“All of these kids have worked very hard to route the entire year to get better at each discipline and several of our team members were able to walk away with awards,” Barbers Hill coach Sean Wilchek said. “Our team remains a very strong group within the 4H shooting sports community.  We hope to keep this tradition as we move forward and we also hope that any child who is interested in clay target shooting come out and give it a shot.  

“Some of our best shooters started off not ever picking up a shotgun before they came out to our club and fired their first shot.”

The team will hold its Fun Shoot fundraiser 8 a.m. Saturday at the Greater Houston Sports Club, 6700 McHard Road in Houston, and it is open to anyone where adults and youths can shoot at the event.

The shoot will be a fundraiser for the 4-H team and will consist of an adult division for individual and 4-man team competitions in sporting clay shooting, while 4-H teams will also battle it out in that along with skeet and Whiz-bang shooting events.

“If anyone is interested in learning what we do they are also welcome to come out, eat some barbecue and meet the coaches and our team,” Sean Wilchek said. 

For more information on the Fun Shoot, email


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