Gering youth places 3rd in national shooting tourney; Nebraska team 3rd
     2016-08-05      By Media Report    editor@geringcitizen.com
Courtesy photo Nate Fahrenbrook of Gering (right) placed third overall in the air rifle individual competition at the recent 4-H National Shooting Sports Championships, while the Nebraska team placed third overall in air rifle. Coach Kurt Fahrenbrook of Gering is at left, and other team members include (left to right) Andrew Simpson of Wayne, Shauntea Daily of Dix, and Ben Hier of Cortland. 
A Scotts Bluff County 4-Her, Nate Fahrenbrook of Gering, placed third overall in the air rifle individual competition at the recent 4-H National Shooting Sports Championships at Grand Island.

The Nebraska team placed third overall in air rifle, as well. In addition to Fahrenbrook, members include Ben Hier of Cortland, Shauntea Daily of Dix, and Andrew Simpson of Wayne. The team is coached by Nate’s father, Kurt Fahrenbrook.

Nebraska hosted the 2016 4-H Shooting Sports National Championships, which ended July 1, at the Heartland Public Shooting Park near Alda and the Heartland Events Center in Grand Island. The event involved more than 650 4-H youth, ages 14-18, from 36 states. Fifty-four national 4-H champions, both individual and teams, were named in 27 events in nine discipline areas, including compound archery, recurve archery, air rifle, air pistol, .22 rifle, .22 pistol, shotgun, muzzle-loading and hunting skills.

Others from the Panhandle area who competed at the national meet include Shauntae Dailey of Dix, air rifle; Madie Snyder of Kimball, small bore rifle; Nathaniel Nixon of Crawford, hunting skills; and Chance Snook of Crawford, hunting skills.

More than 125 volunteers from Nebraska and other states help organize and conduct the events.

Nate Fahrenbrook said he has been shooting for seven years. Nate says what he enjoys most is “the competition, also the fact you can learn more at competitions than just about anywhere else in regards to your sport; the friendships that develop at competitions.”

“4-H shooting sports is all about safety,” he said. “To compete you learn concentration, control and patience.”

“The 4-H Nationals is the best event I have been exposed to. They have a social were all the athletes can mingle and time at a water park,” he said. “The most important thing the competition was top notch.”

What Nate enjoyed most was the Nebraska air rifle team. “We are from all over Nebraska and you would have thought we were shooting on the same team for years. Shauntea I have known because we have competed in several events against each other. She is one of the best shooters in the state and we usually end up pushing each other to get better. Ben was the one to beat in my age at most of the state meets when we were younger and is still one of the best shooters in the state. Andrew is a little older than me but I know he is one of the best shooters in the state and is very organized.”

“I learned a lot from the team and consider all of them friends now. I feel honored to have been part of this team.”

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