Van Winkle competes at nationals

Susquehanna County 4-H Member Zach Van Winkle takes careful aim at a clay during the shotgun contest at the 4-H National Shooting Sports Invitational.

Susquehanna County 4-H Member Zach Van Winkle takes careful aim at a clay during the shotgun contest at the 4-H National Shooting Sports Invitational.

Susquehanna County 4-Her Zach Van Winkle recently traveled to Grand Island, Nebr., to compete at the 2013 4-H National Shooting Sports Invitational. The event ran from Tuesday, June 25 through Thursday, June 27.

In August of 2012, Zach qualified to become a member of the PA 4-H Shotgun team by placing in the top four at Penn State Achievement Days, held every year at University Park.

While at the National Competition, Zach shot as an individual in Trap, Skeet, and Sporting Clays, and competed with his teammates against groups from across the country. As a team, Pa. placed 15th, and as an individual, Zach was 43rd out of 120 participants.

Zach had some extremely competitive scores, shooting an 86 in trap, an 89 in skeet, and a72 in sporting clays.

Zach has been a member of Susquehanna County 4-H for nine years, and is in the Arrows and Clays 4-H Club.

He is the 16-year-old son of Rip and Bette Van Winkle, and is from Montrose. Zach is no stranger to shooting sports, especially shotgun, as his parents are leaders, and his older brother, Rip, competed at the same event in 2009.

Susquehanna County 4-H has a long history of teaching responsibility to young firearm enthusiasts. 4-H also offers .22, air rifle and pistol, archery and muzzleloader.

For more information about 4-H and Shooting Sports, call Penn State Cooperative Extension at 278-1158 or visit our website at extension.psu.edu.