Over the past three years, the Jim Wells County 4-H Archery Team has more than tripled in size. This is in large part due to the excellent volunteer coaches and the fact that the 4-H program has equipment that the youth can use until they know what kind of bow they would like to use.

The team for 2017-18 is made up of almost 40 youth and six coaches. Archery Coaches are Cullen Wright, Eddie Tijerina, Sarita Blanchette, Annie Tijerina, Richard Griffin and Barbie Wymore.

The District 12 4-H Archery Match was held on December 9 at the Duval County Shooting Complex. Jim Wells County 4-H’ers took home many honors during the Modified 600 and 3D Targets. Modified 600 results are: Ethan Garcia, Intermediate Barebow, 3rd place; Ethan Madison, Junior Recurve, 1st place; Emma Lane, Junior Recurve, 2nd place; Rayegan Lane, Junior Recurve, 3rd place; Kyleigh Carr, Senior NASP Genesis, 3rd place; Jeremy Boehm, Senior Compound Unaided, 1st place; Emily Kalinec, Senior Compound Unaided, 2nd place; Kattarina Benavides, Junior Compound Aided, 2nd place; Adam Pena, Intermediate Compound Aided, 2nd place; Hannah Pena, Intermediate Compound Aided, 3rd place.

The 3-D Match results are: Ryan Gonzalez, Junior Barebow, 2nd place; Ethan Madison, Junior Recurve, 1st place; Rayegan Lane, Junior Recurve, 2nd place; Mason Blanchette, Intermediate NASP Genesis, 2nd place; Avery Garcia, Intermediate NASP Genesis, 3rd place; Emily Kalinec, Senior Compound Unaided, 1st place; Jeremy Boehm, Senior Compound Unaided, 3rd place; Kattarina Benavides, Junior Compound Aided, 2nd place; Adam Pena, Intermediate Compound Aided, 2nd place; Hannah Pena, Intermediate Compound Aided, 3rd place; Preston Wright, Senior Compound Aided, 3rd place.

4-H’ers begin practicing in August for the District 12 4-H Match and begin practicing in January for the State Indoor Match, Jim Wells County 4-H Match, and the District and State 4-H Postal Leagues. If anyone is interested in joining 4-H and being a part of Jim Wells County Archery Team, please call the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension at 361-668-5705.