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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