Youth shoot­ers end sea­son with fam­i­lies, friends, awards

Serve Daily - - IN OUR BACK YARD - By Gary Brodeur for Serve Daily

Youth shoot­ers wrapped up their team shot­gun shoot­ing sea­son at Span­ish Fork Gun Club on Thurs­day, June 14, with rounds of shoot­ing games fol­lowed by awards pre­sen­ta­tions.

The Sky­line X squad en­gages in trap, skeet and sport­ing clays shoot­ing com­pe­ti­tions against nine other youth shoot­ing sports groups, Head Coach Jenny Mc­Gowan said. The youths, rang­ing in age from 10 to 20, qual­ify as ju­nior shoot­ers in na­tion­ally sanc­tioned com­pe­ti­tion.

The sea­son-end­ing gath­er­ing in June high­lights friend­ships, fam­ily fun and scholas­tic progress.

“The spot­light is on the kids and their achieve­ments,” Mc­Gowan said.

The youth-team mem­bers drive to Span­ish Fork Gun Club from lo­cal and sur­round­ing com­mu­ni­ties, in­clud­ing Pleas­ant Grove, Saratoga Springs and the Fairview area.

One of the trea­sured as­pects of Sky­line X ac­tiv­i­ties is the op­por­tu­nity it af­fords young­sters to make new friends, said Na­dine White, a par­ent of two par­tic­i­pants and a vol­un­teer coach. The re­gional com­pe­ti­tion in­cludes squads from Idaho and Ne­vada, and the far-flung travel to meet new friends is wel­comed by the Sky­line X team mem­bers, she said.

Shoot­ing sports teach par­tic­i­pants re­spon­si­bil­ity, sports­man­ship, self-dis­ci­pline and safety, ac­cord­ing to shoot­ing sports or­ga­ni­za­tions. But White said the No. 1 rea­son stated for be­ing part of the lo­cal squad is, “I make lots of friends.”

A facet of per­sonal growth em­pha­sized by the youth team lead­ers is aca­demic achieve­ment. While the young mem­bers sup­port each other in the sport through peer coach­ing, they also help one an­other in scholas­tics by men­tor­ing each other, Sky­line X coaches said.

Brian Beard, the Sky­line X co-or­ga­nizer along with Mc­Gowan, said the group was founded four years ago. He is also pres­i­dent of the Utah Scholas­tic Clay Tar­get Pro­gram. He said the 35- to 40-mem­ber Sky­line X team ranks sec­ond statewide in mem­ber­ship af­ter a surg­ing Cache Val­ley club. Utah boasts 163 com­pet­i­tive youth shoot­ers, Beard said.

“We’re com­pet­ing in all types of weather,” he said. Sky­line X’s com­pe­ti­tion sea­son runs Novem­ber to June.

The en­tire SFGC youth pro­gram is vol­un­teer-sup­ported by pas­sion­ate par­ents and gun club mem­bers. Beard spends about 25 hours a week on the pro­gram. He said the squad meets ev­ery Thurs­day dur­ing sea­son, al­ter­nat­ing be­tween the ranges of the Span­ish Fork and Provo gun clubs.

The Span­ish Fork Gun Club shot­gun-only range is at 2912 S. Span­ish Oaks Drive, Span­ish Fork, within sight of Span­ish Fork Reser­voir and its park. The range is open from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tues­day through Thurs­day.

or more in­for­ma­tion on the gun club’s Sky­line X youth shoot­ing sports squad, visit www.face­book.com/Sky­li­neshoot­byWin­dowFash­ion­sCall ers/ or email sky­li­neshoot­ers@gmail. com.

Sea­son-end award win­ners Span­ish Fork Gun Club’s Sky­line X youth shoot­ing sports team: Team High Over­all for the year: Novice (6th grade and younger) - Bret Hal­la­day

Ju­nior (7th and 8th grades) - Casey Fitzger­ald

Jr. Var­sity (9th grade or first year in high school) - Da­gen Bringhurst

Var­sity (10th to 12th grades) - Kyson Muh­lestein

Col­le­giate (en­rolled full-time in col­lege, to age 25) - Hay­den Chris­tensen Aca­demic award win­ners: Bret Hal­la­day Rhett Chris­tensen Lo­gen Bringhurst Ri­ley Tay­lor At­ley Painter Condie Cran­dall Jesse Shep­herd Kyle White Da­gen Bringhurst Most Im­proved award win­ners: Ethan Herr At­ley Painter Brighton Kin­dell Wy­att White Owen Ne­beker Out­stand­ing Mem­ber: Kyle White

Photo: Gary Brodeur

Award win­ners show off their tro­phies and cel­e­brate with smiles at Span­ish Fork Gun Club’s Sky­line X youth shot­gun shoot­ing sports sea­son- end­ing get-to­gether.

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