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Scott Outdoor Team factors big at state, again

Staff Reports • Jun 15, 2013 at 10:48 PM

The Scott County Outdoor Team’s junior squad won first place overall in the recent Virginia Hunter Education Championships held at the Holiday Lake 4H Center in Appomattox, Va.

The team victory was cemented by wins in junior team archery and junior team outdoor skills, with a second-place finish in junior team shotgun and a third in junior team rifle.

Ethan Quillin led team individual achievements by winning the archery and outdoor skills competitions. Teammate Ben Osborne finished first overall in the individual standings.

The State Hunter Education competition, which is sponsored by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, not only tests competitors’ marksmanship skills but also individual knowledge of hunting methods, conservation principles, safety, general woodcraft and survival know-how.

The Scott County Outdoor Team is comprised of youths from 9 to 18 years of age drawn from Southwest Virginia, Northeast Tennessee and Eastern Kentucky. The nonprofit organization meets and practices at Wilderness Road Shooting and Conservation Club. The team has won 51 awards over the past five years of competition.

Among the other members of Scott County’s 2013 team who received special recognition this season were Joe Gillespie Award winner Michael Simpson, John Puckett Award winner Caleb Hodges and Jessica Bowery Award winner Sydni Phillips. Savannah Owens and Benjamin Darnell were named most-improved senior and junior squad members, respectively.

For more information on the Scott County Outdoor Team, contact Jason Honaker at (276) 386-4252.

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