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Youth BB Gun Team from the Middletown Anglers & Hunters Club takes sixth at national championship

By Dan Miller

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Posted 7/17/19

The future of youth marksmanship in the Middletown area appears bright, to say the least.

In just its third year of existence, the Youth BB Gun Team from the Middletown Anglers and Hunters Club …

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Youth BB Gun Team from the Middletown Anglers & Hunters Club takes sixth at national championship

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The future of youth marksmanship in the Middletown area appears bright, to say the least.

In just its third year of existence, the Youth BB Gun Team from the Middletown Anglers and Hunters Club finished sixth among 64 teams at the Daisy National BB Gun Championship Match held in Rogers, Arkansas, from July 3-6.

The team of four boys and three girls scored 2,349 out of 2,500 possible points, said coach Dave Fisher.

The team was actually closer to the top than the numbers indicate. Had the team gotten 15 more points, Middletown would have finished third, Fisher said.

The competition includes a written test that all the shooters take on the first day. The second day — the Fourth of July — was devoted to practice.

On the third day, all shooters shoot from the prone and standing position. On the last day, shooters fire from the sitting and kneeling positions. All targets are 5-meter targets.

All seven shooters from Middletown were assisted at the shooting line by adults — parents in most cases — who had been at their side at matches throughout the entire season, Fisher said.

This is the second time the Middletown team has competed in the national Daisy BB Gun championships. The team finished 11th in 2017 — after having won a state championship in the team’s first year.

“I’m very pleased with their effort. We had a number we were going for, and we were right there,” said Fisher.

Besides cracking the top 10, Middletown won the award for best T-shirt of all 64 teams. Fisher designed the T-shirt, but “we all had a little bit of input” into it, the coach said.

The team sold the T-shirts to help raise money to cover the trip to the national championships.

“I’m really proud,” said 13-year old Alexa Saul of Middletown, who is in her second year shooting with the team.

Saul said she likes shooting because “it just kind of calms me down — I get in a zone.”

You can have fun shooting, but to do well you need to be able to focus and you need to be able to take constructive criticism, Saul said.

Mason Barrick, also 13, of Londonderry Township, started shooting about five years ago as a Cub Scout. He’s been with the Middletown youth team for three years.

He said he enjoys shooting and it’s important to him that he is able to exercise his right to bear arms under the Second Amendment.

He agrees with Saul that to be a good shooter you need to be able to take criticism.

“If you are standing up there shooting, more than likely the first time you hold that rifle you are going to be wrong in some way or another, and someone is going to correct you on how to do it,” Barrick said.

You also have to be relaxed. If you are tensed up at all, that gun will be waving around and “you aren’t gonna have a straight shot.”

The team is open to boys and girls ages 8 to 15. The season starts in November and concludes around mid-summer, in the case of this year after the Daisy national championships.

The season starts with classes on safety. Fisher said that’s very important, in that most accidents having to do with guns occur because someone is curious about a weapon but hasn’t been trained in how to properly use it.

These kids are properly trained, right from the start, Fisher said.

The team relies on facilities provided by the Middletown Anglers & Hunters Club on Schoolhouse Road in Londonderry Township to meet and practice.

This week, Fisher, the team and the parents and other adult supporters stopped by the club to show their appreciation for the club’s support throughout the season.

There is no cost to the young shooters to be on the team. You do not need to be a member of Middletown Anglers and Hunters to participate.

If you would like to be on the team, or want to know more, contact Fisher by calling 717-269-4118, or send an email to dfish86@comcast.net.

Besides Saul and Barrick, the five other team members who competed at the Daisy BB gun championships are:

• Brothers Daniel and Joseph Still, both of Hershey.

• Eva Baker of Hershey.

• Cadence Logan of Hershey.

• Cameron McDonel of Swatara Township.