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Frio County 4-H Claybuster Madison Brown and teammates Coleton Trenklebach of Bandera, Kennedy Thompson of Uvalde County and Carson Schultz of Nueces County were crowned national champion shotgun team at the 2023 4-H Shooting Sports National Championship in Grand Island, Nebraska.
The youths are members of the shotgun team representing Texas at the event, at which 41 other states were represented.
The team took first place in Sporting Clays with a score of 251 on the first day of competition and persevered in windy conditions to take first place in skeet shooting with an high score of 296 on the second day. Schultz shot a perfect 100/100, Thompson 99/100, Trenklebach 97/100, and Brown 94/100.
The team competed in trap shooting on the third day and finished in fourth place with a score of 281. Brown hit 94/100, Trenklebach 94/100, Schultz 93/100, Thompson 91/100.
Overall, Thompson is the 2023 HOA national champion individual, Schultz is the HOA runner-up, Trenklebach is fourth and Brown seventh, collectively earning the national championship for the team.
In the overall sweepstakes, which included all disciplines, Texas came in second to Louisiana. Team members were selected from high school-aged youths who submitted lengthy applications that highlighted not only their shooting ability but also their academic achievement as well as other extracurricular activities and civic involvement.