Smothers brothers win top awards at state competition

Lane Riggs

Staff Writer

What began as competition between brothers paid off this month as Utopia residents Riley and Jett Smothers each won the American highest-overall award in their respective age divisions of the 2019 Texas 4-H state shotgun shoot.

Further, 11-year-old Jett won the international highest-overall award and was named shotgun shootout champion and gunsmoke champion at the event, which took place July 17-20 at the National Shooting Complex in San Antonio.

Seven hundred competitors were divided between the competition’s four age divisions, split as follows: junior, for third-, fourth- and fifth-graders; intermediate, for sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders; senior 1, for ninth- and 10th-graders; and senior 2, for 11th- and 12th-graders.

Riley, 17 years old, who competed amongst 170 other high schoolers in the senior 1 division, shot his first 100 straight – a score reflecting zero misses. His combined score of 199 for his events won him the American highest-overall award.

Jett – who also shot his personal best, a 45 of 50, in the junior division – won the international highest-overall award and  American highest-overall award. He was named the shotgun shootout champion and gunsmoke champion.

The boys and their parents, Jena and Ronald Smothers, are excited about the win.


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