BELLE FOURCHE — Three Belle Fourche Bronc Bird Busters shooting teams brought home state championships from the state event held Saturday in Aberdeen.
Belle Fourche collected 458 points for the varsity team title. The Broncsí junior varsity team earned top honors by shooting a 432, and the skeet shooting team recorded a 400.
ìEverybody that came, showed up to shoot,î Bird Bustersí administrator and assistant coach Stephanie Crowley said. ìI was very proud of how they handled the situation, the stress, and the different wind conditions.î
Crowley said the varsity teamís goal was to capture the state title. She added other shooters wanted to turn in personal-best scores.
Alex Voyles hit 95 of 100 targets to finish second in the varsity division via tiebreaker. Aiken Crowley turned in a 93, followed by Riley Newman (92), Jake Konechne (90), and Brayden Carbajal (88).
Those top five scores were added for a final tally.
Four others represented the Broncsí varsity. They were Guy Davis (86), Orin Olson (86), Carter McKenna (82), and Emma Singer (80).
Singer also received a college scholarship from the South Dakota High School Clay Target League.
Britton-Hecla finished second in the varsity division at 455 points. Hot Springs was third with 451 points.
Belle Fourcheís Ryan Evans scored a 91 to finish first in the JV male division. TJ Hahne (86), Matt Preisner (86), Caden Thomsen (85), and Jack Stearns (84) also saw their efforts added to the total, which consisted of the top five scores from each team.
Three others competed for the Broncsí JV: Dalton Davis (82), Brooks Clooten (77), and Daniel Krajewski (77).
Aberdeen Central finished second in the JV division at 420 points. Warner was third at 411.
Aiken Crowley shot a 92 to win the varsity male division in skeet shooting along with the overall title. Riley Newmanís 84 was good for first place among JV males; Jake Konechne carded a 76 for third place.
Emma Singer won the JV female skeet title by shooting a 56.
Alex Voyles (77), Brayden Carbajal (71), and Carter McKenna (69) also represented the Broncs in the skeet division.
Brookings shot a 385 for second place in the skeet division.
Two Belle Fourche shooters were entered in the Novice Division. Reese McKenna shot a 60, and Braxton Klocek recorded a 58.
The Broncs won the regular-season title in Conference 3, Division 1A.
Crowley said the team enjoyed a really good season, and members showed up ready to shoot every week. She added the weather was not the best, but there were no complaints.
ìI think that attitude really came through when we went back to state,î Crowley said.
This marks the second year for the Bronc Bird Busters, with Stephanie Crowley heavily involved from the start.
She described how it is to reflect on the programís and shootersí progress.
ìJust the question alone makes me choke up a little bit,î she said. ìI canít express, in some respects, how proud I am of them.î
Crowley highlighted the smiles resulting when a shooting concept clicks, along with team camaraderie.
Mason, Mich., will host roughly 1,800 entrants at the national competition in mid-July. That includes 240 teams.
Six Belle Fourche shooters have signed up, and Stephanie Crowley said a team is scheduled to go.
Five of those shooters met Tier 1 qualifying requirements. Aiken Crowley, Alex Voyles, Brayden Carbajal, Emma Singer, and Carter McKenna averaged 21 or better (for 25 targets) on the season, not including state.
Orin Olson is the alternate; he met Tier 2 qualifying requirements by averaging 19 or better during the season. The team qualifying average for the season is 19.