Twenty-nine members of the Ascension Parish 4-H Shooting Sports Team traveled to Lake Charles in April for the 4-H Southern Regional Competition.

The event, held April 25 through April 28, was a qualifying competition for the state match.

The Ascension Team ended up with 18 members qualifying for the state match, a release from the club says.

In the Junior Air Pistol Basic Supported Class, first-year competitor Jamie Lavergne qualified for the state contest with an 11th-place finish.

Senior shooter David Janis competed in the .22 Pistol National Event and won first place in the slow fire competition, third place in the Camp Perry Round, and tied for fourth place in the silhouette match. He ended the competition with an overall second-place finish and a place in the state contest.

In the Senior .22 Rifle division, Brendon Raffray finished in 10th place, and Landon Woods won first place in his rounds, with both qualifying for the state match.

In Junior .22 Rifle, the Ascension team had three shooters qualify for the state match, Cameron Braud, Noah Stafford and Austin Arceneaux.

Anthony Picou’s shooting qualified him to move on to the state contest in the senior shotgun event.

In the Junior Shotgun Modified Trap Event, Ascension had three members qualify for state, Cameron Braud, Noah Stafford and Trever Landry.

The Ascension Modified Trap team of Cameron Braud, Noah Stafford, Matthew Abshire and Carter Causey won seventh place.

The Junior Archery Compound Bow Class had three Ascension members qualifying for state. Lauren Wall finished in third place, new member Sean Turner in eighth and Jacee Campo in 11th.

Laci Trujillo competed in the Junior Bare bow class and she also qualified for the state match.

The local Junior Archery Bare Bow Team of Jackson Babineaux, Laci Trujillo, Austin Saizon and Tyler Saizon finished in third place.

In the Junior Genesis Bow Class, first-year shooter Paige Ellis finished in seventh place to punch her ticket into the state match.

In the Senior Archery Modified Fita event, Hunter Lambert qualified for the state contest.

Joseph Babineaux qualified for the state national Senior Archery contest with his overall first-place win in his division.

Anthony Picou’s overall third-place finish in the Senior Archery event won him a place at the state event.

Ascension had three members competing in the Junior Air Rifle event. Matthew Abshire finished in second place; Cameron Braud, fifth; and Justin Schexnaydre, 12th. All three qualified for the state event.

The mission of the Louisiana 4-H Shooting Sports Program is to assist youth in acquiring knowledge, developing life skills, and forming attitudes so that they may become self-directing, productive, and contributing members of society.

For more information, call the local 4-H office at (225) 621-5799.