.22 program ends with top winner, awards ceremony

Tim Finicle / Courtesy photo The top .22 winners were (front row form left): Kylee Metcalfe, Anna Lancaster, Jeven Rodgers, Cadence Barnum, Paige Barnum, Ethan Taylor, Kaleb Lancaster, (back row from left) program director Roger Wilson, Nathan Winans, Jim Owen, Belle Bloom, Logan Butler, Branden Butler, Alex Jukes, Georgia Sibley, Tessa Sibley, Taylor Moreno, Ginna Hahn and Mother Lode Gun Club President John Popke.

Directors Roger Wilson and Jim Owen concluded the winter .22 program Tuesday night with an awards program before a packed crowd at the Mother Lode Gun Club.

Club president John Popke helped present the awards.

Besides the awards for all 47 juniors completing the program, the top shooters in each category received special honors from the offices of State Sen. Tom Berryhill, R-Twain Harte, and Assemblyman Frank Bigelow, R-O’Neals.

The Marksman and Sharpshooting classes competed on the B2 Targets, larger in size for new shooters. In the Marksman class, Anna Lancaster, 9, of Columbia, tied first with 9-year-old Jeven Rodgers, of Sonora, shooting a 408.

Second place went to Taylor Moreno, 11, of Groveland with a 388 and in third place was Jamestown’s Cadence Barnum, 10, with 387.

Kylee Metcalfe, 12, of Sonora, was first in the Sharpshooter class shooting a 437. In second with a score of 430 was 13-year-old Tessa Sibley, of Sonora, followed by Columbia 12-year-old Caleb Lancaster with 423.

Expert Ethan Taylor, 11, of Sonora, took first place with 228 on the A17 targets, much smaller than their B2 counterparts. Logan Butler, 10, of Moccasin, took second place with 225, followed by Paige Barnum, 10, of Jamestown in third with 223.

First Master went to Georgia Sibley, 16, of Sonora, shooting a 335. Fifteen-year-old Ginna Hahn, of Sonora, was second with 274 and third went to Nathan Winans, 13, of Sonora, with a score of 228.

The High Master award went to Sonora’s Alex Jukes, 13, shooting a 328. Belle Bloom, 13, of Sonora, finished second with 295, followed by Branden Butler, 14, of Moccasin, with a 275.

The next .22 program signups will be Sept. 5.