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4-H Shooting Sports Results & Recognition

Updated April 01, 2020
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John Keimig

SDSU Extension Youth Safety Field Specialist

Doug Kittelson receiving his 2019 Shooting Sports Hall of Fame plaque.
From left: Tim Tanner, SDSU Extension State 4-H Youth Development Program Director; Doug Kittelson; John Keimig, SDSU Extension Youth Safety Field Specialist and Karla Trautman, SDSU Extension Director.

Doug Kittelson

Doug Kittelson has been involved in 4-H shooting sports for over 22 years. His duties have included being a county instructor in shotgun and pistol, coaching the nationals team and assisting as a State Range Officer. He was instrumental starting the .22-caliberr pistol program in Hamlin County and ran the state program starting when his daughters were in the program. His daughters Dixie, Denise and Davita participated in shooting sports and were successful in shotgun, air pistol, .22-caliber rifle, .22-caliber pistol and hunting. One of the memories that Kittelson shared was coaching at the first invitational, which was used as a trial to set up the national event. He remembers the long overnight bus ride to Texas and the kids having to shoot in temperatures over 110 degrees. The teams and individuals that he has worked with have attended the state competition, where these marksmen have placed and also have set records in Pierre. Doug has also coached several national teams, where the shooters have placed in the national competition.

Dale Foiles receiving his 2019 Shooting Sports Hall of Fame plaque.
From left: Tim Tanner, SDSU Extension State 4-H Youth Development Program Director; Dale Foiles; John Keimig, SDSU Extension Youth Safety Field Specialist and Karla Trautman, SDSU Extension Director.

Dale Foiles

Dale Foiles has helped the shooting sports program in Brookings County since 2003. He is state (level 1) certified in the rifle and shotgun discipline as well as being nationally certified (Level2) as a muzzleloading instructor and has gone to the national level as a coach in all three of these disciplines. Foiles has been state Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) range officer for at least eight years and has served as National Range Officer in muzzleloading for two years. He also serves on the South Dakota State Shooting Sports board. Foiles has coached 4-H members in Brookings, Clark and Beadle counties and was instrumental in getting the gun program started in Clark County. He has volunteered thousands of hours to a program he believes in.

Dean Balsiger receiving his 2019 Shooting Sports Hall of Fame plaque.
From left: Tim Tanner, SDSU Extension State 4-H Youth Development Program Director; Dean Balsiger; John Keimig, SDSU Extension Youth Safety Field Specialist and Karla Trautman, SDSU Extension Director.

Dean Balsiger

Dean Balsiger spent the majority of his time volunteering with the Brookings County program. Balsiger’s love for shooting started as a youth hunting on his family farm, which led to the start of his competitive career by winning a state rifle championship and from there, he went on to spend four years on the rifle team at the University of South Dakota. He then began coaching in Irene with Jaycees BB gun, where he took his first of three teams to the national championships at Dubuque, Iowa in 1978. He would go on to chair the South Dakota Jaycee’s shooter education program and become a certified National Rifle Association (NRA) instructor and lifetime member. Life would eventually take him to Brookings, where he started a junior rifle club and would later breathe life into a struggling collegiate rifle program. Whatever it took to see youth succeed, Balsinger was willing to do it. At the 4-H National Championships, it was stated that one of the greatest achievements as a coach is to have your kids return to the sport as coaches themselves. You don’t have to look far in South Dakota’s 4-H shooting sports community to find Balsinger’s influence in the form of current and former 4-H coaches who can trace their beginnings back to him. If you ask him, he will tell you he was just doing what he enjoyed, and while that may be true, there was a passion for shooting sports that those fortunate enough to learn from him couldn’t help but catch.

Bruce Eldridge receiving his 2019 Shooting Sports Hall of Fame plaque.
From left: Tim Tanner, SDSU Extension State 4-H Youth Development Program Director; Bruce Eldridge; John Keimig, SDSU Extension Youth Safety Field Specialist and Karla Trautman, SDSU Extension Director.

Bruce Eldridge

Bruce Eldridge was certified as a shooting sports instructor in September 1993, and a couple of years later he went to Minnesota for training to become a state instructor, which he did for at least 10 years. He also served as the chair of the developmental committee for several years. Eldridge headed the hunting program division when South Dakota hosted the National Invitational. He has been an avid supporter of youth shooting, and even when his job responsibilities didn’t allow for constant involvement, he has always been a strong and vocal advocate for 4-H shooting sports. In addition to shooting sports, Eldridge was a 4-H volunteer in Tripp County, including chaperoning the Citizenship Washington Focus group and serving on several major 4-H committees. Eldridge said he really enjoyed working with Kathy Reeves and the rest of the 4H shooting sports family.

Mark Rowen receiving his 2019 Shooting Sports Hall of Fame plaque.
From left: Tim Tanner, SDSU Extension State 4-H Youth Development Program Director; Mark Rowen; John Keimig, SDSU Extension Youth Safety Field Specialist and Karla Trautman, SDSU Extension Director.

Mark Rowen

Mark Rowen was instrumental in developing and growing the shooting sports shotgun program across South Dakota. His career in 4-H started in February 1992 in Aurora County.  While shooting in the trap league in Stickney in the spring of 1993, he talked to the club about sponsoring a 4-H Shotgun program.  He took the instructor training in 1994 so that he could help coach the program.  In September of 1996, Mark moved to the Extension position in Turner County. Again, he approached the local sporting clays club and the 4-H shotgun program was started in the spring of 1997. In 2002 during Rowen’s time in Turner County, he attended the 4-H national training in New Mexico to become a state shotgun trainer. Since that time, he has been involved with the shotgun program as an active state trainer.  In October of 2005, Rowen accepted the SDSU Extension position in Lincoln County, where there was an active shooting sports program, but shotgun was not offered. Mark helped start the shotgun program once again and helped train program instructors. In January of 2012, Rowen moved to the SDSU Extension position in Stanley, Hughes and Sully County. There are now trained 4-H shotgun instructors in these counties as well. Mark assisted with the 4-H National Shoot both years that South Dakota hosted the tournament in Rapid City. He has also assisted with the state shotgun shoot almost every year. Since his location in Pierre in 2012, he has assisted with the state BB gun, archery, and pellet shoot in Ft. Pierre by helping with setup and teardown. Mark retired from Extension in 2016.

Mike Kraft receiving his 2019 Shooting Sports Hall of Fame plaque.
From left: Tim Tanner, SDSU Extension State 4-H Youth Development Program Director; Mike Kraft; John Keimig, SDSU Extension Youth Safety Field Specialist and Karla Trautman, SDSU Extension Director.

Mike Kraft

Mike Kraft’s history with 4-H shooting sports began when the Marshall County Extension agent, Loren Tilberg, contacted him about reviving an old, rusted, broken down trap machine; which then turned into “would you get certified to be a shotgun coach and work with a couple of boys and trap shooting.” Mike then began helping with the BB gun program, picked up air rifle, air pistol and eventually .22 pistol and .22 rifle. In 2010, Mike traveled with three other coaches to Grand Junction, Colo. for level 2 coaches training. Kraft was part of the team that established the guidelines and “paperwork” that gave it the structure we see for the coach, parent and shooter today. South Dakota has been blessed to have had Kraft as part of their national coaching team, by running the air rifle range in Rapid City, while hosting in 2007 and 2008, to coaching shotgun teams, .22-caliber pistol teams and .22-caliber rifle teams at the national level. Along with being a 4-H certified coach, Kraft is a "Hunt Safe" teacher and a member of the Buckhorn Rodeo Association, Britton VFW, and the Britton American Legion, where he is commander, and he serves as the Marshall County American Legion Commander. Kraft will tell you there is nothing more rewarding then being in the prone position, on the ground next to a young competitor when they shoot their first shot and hit the target.

Past Shooting Sports Hall of Fame Honorees

2018

  • Kathryn Reeves (Pennington County)
  • Don and Nina Fromm (Hughes County)
  • Tim and Tammy Withers (Hughes County)
  • Larry Kerr (Hyde County)
  • Harlan Hilleson (Marshall County)

2016

  • Don Guthmiller (Hamlin County)
  • Marlin Davis (Faulk County)
  • Jerry Opbroek (Davison County)

2015

  • Kenneth Nelson (Brookings County)
  • Bob Fillingsness, Jr (Lincoln County)
  • Dennis Hardy (Lincoln County)
  • Dan Jones (Stanley County)
  • Michelle Scarborough Julian (Hughes County)
  • Marlin Scarborough (Hughes County)
  • Bill Shattuck (Hughes County)

State Match Records

South Dakota 4-H proudly recognizes the outstanding marksmanship of state record holders across all shooting disciplines. State records are recorded each year at the annual South Dakota 4-H Shooting Sports State Shoot. The format for the records listed below is Record: Name, County, Score (Year).

Beginners (Ages 8-10)

BB Gun

  • Standing: Peyton Arbach, Minnehaha County, 99.01C (2013)
  • Kneeling: Nathan Wagner, Hughes County, 97.06C (1993)
  • Sitting: Elyk Swiden, Hughes County, 99.07 (2019)
  • Prone: Katie Cowen, 100.04C (1997)
  • Total Score: Nicolette Hoffman, Douglas County, 382.20C (2016)
  • Total Team: Stanley County, 1439.06C (1993)

Air Rifle (position records began in 2019)

  • Prone: Alexis Hoffman, Douglas County, 94.04 (2019)
  • Standing: Alexis Hoffman, Douglas County, 71.0 (2019)
  • Kneeling: Alexis Hoffman, Douglas County, 82.01 (2019)
  • Total Score 3-P: Savanna Bloom, Day County, 252 (2013)
  • Total Score: Brian Beaman, Walworth County, 304 (1995)
  • Total Team: Brookings County, 683.01 (2013)

Air Pistol

  • Bullseye: Nicolette Hoffman, Douglas County, 181.03C (2016)
  • Timed Fire: Evan Koerner, Brookings County, 90.02C (2013)
  • Total Team: Hamlin County, 656.07 (2010)

Archery

  • RWOS: Trent Withers, Hughes County, 141.09x (1998)
  • RWOS Team: Douglas County, 340.10x (2018)
  • RWS: Trent Withers, Hughes County, 144.10x (1998)
  • RWS Team: Hughes County, 359.14x (1998)
  • CWOS: Ethan Cole, Marshall County, 143.09x (2000)
  • CWOS Team: Marshall County, 405.26x (2000)
  • CWS: Trent Withers, Hughes County, 150.14 (1998)
  • CWS Team: Beadle County, 413.23x (1996)
  • CWS-R
    • Nate Buscher, Hughes County, 150.30x (2005)
    • Cody Honeywell, Hughes County, 150.30x (2005)
  • CWS-R Team: Hughes County, 450.83x (2005)
  • CWOS-R: Ethan Cole, Marshall County, 140.10x (2000)
  • CWOS-R Team: Marshall County, 400.18x (2000)
  • Recuve Open: Terissa Taylor, Moody County, 145.13 (2019)
  • ComOpen
    • Nate Buscher, Hughes County, 150.30x (2004)
    • Cody Honeywell, Hughes County, 150.30x (2005)
    • Kadin Nelson, Pennington County, 150.30x (2015)
    • Ethan Bartholow, Beadle County, 150.3 (2017)
  • ComOpen Team: Hughes County, 449.81x (2005)

Juniors (11-13)

BB Gun

  • Off Hand: Roberta Forman, Hughes County, 97.06C (2007)
  • Kneeling: Natalie Mohr, Hughes County, 99.08C (2016)
  • Sitting: Eric Krizan, Minnehaha County, 100.09C (2006)
  • Prone: Korey Fischer, Stanley County, 100.09C (2000)
  • Cassandra Ryckman, Hughes County, 100.09C (2013)
  • Julia Ivey, Minnehaha County, 100.09 (2017)
  • Total Score: Kendra Jacobs, Minnehaha County, 391.20C (2012)
  • Total Team: Douglas County, 1519.65C (2015)

Air Rifle (position records began in 2019)

  • Prone: Josiah Hays, Hughes County, 97.06 (2019)
  • Standing: Zoe Dissing, Minnehaha County, 86.01 (2019)
  • Kneeling: Zoe Dissing, Minnehaha County, 91.04 (2019)
  • Total Score 3-P:  Holly Coldman, Minnehaha County, 268 (2004)
  • Total Team 3-P: Hughes County, 1002.22C (2018)
  • Total Score: Holly Coldman, Minnehaha County, 350.12 (2003)
  • Total Team: Marshall County, 1189.06C (2000)

Air Pistol

  • Bullseye: Joseph Schnetzer, 181 (1999)
  • Timed Fire: Collin Borgmann, Davison County, 86.01 (2008)
  • Total Team: Douglas County, 664.05C (2014)

22 Pistol

  • Total Score: Rose Smith, Lawrence County, 286.10C (2017)
  • Total Team: Tripp County, 1002.17 (2018)

22 Rifle

  • Off Hand
    • William Zebroski, Hughes County, 99.09C (2011)
    • Zane DeRynck, Brookings County, 79 (2017* (AR23))
  • Kneeling
    • Kaycee Szymanski, Pennington County, 98.05C (2012)
    • Nicollette Hoffman, Douglas County, 89.01 (2018* (AR23))
  • Sitting: Thomas Kallemeyn, Hughes County, 95.05C (2001)
  • Prone
    • Eric Krizan, Minnehaha County, 100.10C (2008)
    • Nicollette Hoffman, Douglas County, 96.04 (2018* (AR23))
  • Total Score: Nicollette Hoffman, Douglas County, 260.05 (2018* (AR23))
  • Total Team: Brookings County, 872.10C (2017* (AR23))
  • Total Score 3-P: Kaycee Szymanski, Pennington County, 284.09C (2012)
  • Total 3-P Team: Pennington County, 1070.13C (2013)
  • Total Score: Jared Namken, Hamlin County, 347.02 (1998)
  • Total Team: Hamlin County, 1147.11C (2001)
  • Total 3-P Team: Pennington County, 1070.13C (2013)

CMP (position recordkeeping began in 2015)

  • Prone (Slow Fire):
    • George Clark, Tripp County, 99 (2018)
    • Cora Cox, Beadle County, 99
  • Prone (Rapid Fire): Dana Schelske, Sanborn County, 98 (2018)
  • Standing (Slow Fire):
    • Bradley Dangel, Charles Mix County, 98 (2018)
    • Rose Smith, Lawrence County, 98 (2015)
  • Standing (Rapid Fire): Henry Johnson, Bennett County, 96 (2017)
  • Kneeling (Slow Fire):
    • Spencer Calhoon, Tripp County, 95 (2018)
    • Henry Johnson, Bennett County, 95 (2017)
  • Kneeling (Rapid Fire): Rose Smith, Lawrence County, 94 (2016)
  • Total Score: Kyle Jacobson, Charles Mix County, 592.37 (2005)
  • Total Team: Pennington County, 2103.22C (2012)

Smallbore Rifle Precision (60 shots began in 2019)

  • Prone: Nicolette Hoffman, Douglas County, 200.14 (2019)
  • Standing: Nicolette Hoffman, Douglas County, 188.02 (2019)
  • Kneeling: Nicolette Hoffman, Douglas County, 197.08 (2019)
  • Total Score: Nicolette Hoffman, Douglas County, 585.24 (2019)

Archery (moved to 15 yards in 1993)

  • RWOS
    • Aaron Rogers, Beadle County, 137.05x (1993)
    • Colton Michalek, Brule County, 128.04x (2018)
  • RWOS Team: Sully County, 339.09x (2004)
  • RWS: John Bush, Sully County, 136.09x (2004)
  • RWS Team: Hughes County, 363.14x (2001)
  • CWOS
    • Kiyle Leichtnam, Pennington County 140.10 (2019)
    • Tim Sherman, 138.12x (1993)
  • CWOS Team: Pennington County, 361.19x (2019)
  • CWOS-R: Nathan Wagner, Hughes County, 138.12x (1997)
  • CWOS-R Team: Marshall County, 381.15 (2002)
  • CWS
    • Adam Kloos, Grant County, 146.13x (2007**(fingers))
    • Nathan Oines, 148 (1991)
  • CWS Team: Clark County, 416.21x (1996)
  • CWS-R
    • Braxton Pulse, Brule County, 150.27 (2019)
    • Aren Wells, Pennington County, 150.26x (2012)
  • CWS-R Team: Marshall County, 441.46x (2018)
  • Compound Open: Ethan Bartholow, Beadle County, 150.30 (2019)
  • ComOpen Team: Hughes County, 447.60x (2007)
  • Recurve Open: Trent Withers, Hughes County, 147.16x (2001)

Seniors

BB Gun

  • Off Hand: John Kallemeyn, Hughes County, 98.06C (2000)
  • Kneeling: Roberta Forman, Hughes County, 99.08C (2009)
  • Sitting
    • Michael Stenson, 100.07C (1997)
    • Makenzie Maxwell, Marshall County, 100.07C (2010)
  • Prone: Colby Olauson, Brookings County, 100.09C (2016)
  • Total Score: Justin Merriam, Hughes County, 389.21C (2017)
  • Total Team: Pierre Sr Shooters, 1531.45C (1993)

Air Rifle (position records began in 2019)

  • Prone: Jessica Hays, Hughes County, 97.02 (2019)
  • Standing: Justin Merriman, Hughes County, 83.02 (2019)
  • Kneeling: Justin Merriman, Hughes County, 94.03 (2019)
  • Total Score 3-P: John Kallemeyn, Hughes County, 280.01 (2002)
  • Total Team 3-P: Hughes County, 1048.2C (2019)
  • Total Score
    • Julie Jones, Hughes County, 375 (1999)
    • Michelle Scarborough, Stanley County, 377 (1985)
  • Total Team: Minnehaha County, 1368.37 (2003)

Air Pistol

  • Bullseye: Marshal Matters, Meade County, 185 (2011)
  • Timed Fire: Seth Shorb, Custer County, 89 (2017)
  • Total Team: Meade County, 649.03 (2010)

22 Pistol

  • Total Score: Cory Slunecka, Faulk County, 288.11 (2009)
  • Total Team: Brookings County, 990.09C (2007)

22 Rifle

  • Off Hand
    • Kelsey Emme, Meade County, 98.072C (2010)
    • Rylie Shull, Pennington County, 96.01C (2017* (AR23))
  • Kneeling
    • Shelby Freeman, Marshall County, 100.09C (2008)
    • Rylie Shull, Pennington County, 98.04C (2017* (AR23))
  • Sitting: Brian Beaman, Walworth County, 100.07C (2003)
  • Prone
    • Eric Krizan, Minnehaha County, 100.092C (2010)
    • Ryan Habeck, Hughes County, 100.06C (2017* (AR23))
  • Total Score: Rylie Shull, Pennington County, 293.08C (2017* (AR23))
  • Total Team: Pennington County, 1047.16C (2016* (AR23))
  • Total Score 3-P: Kelsey Emme, Meade County, 297.216 (2010)
  • Total 3-P Team: Minnehaha County, 1120.39C (2005)
  • Total Score: Brian Beaman, Walworth County, 394.25C (2003)
  • Total Team: Pennington County, 1447.41C (2001)

CMP (position recordkeeping began in 2015)

  • Prone (Slow Fire): Aiken Crowley, Lawrence County, 100.08 (2019)
  • Prone (Rapid Fire): Spencer Calhoon, Tripp County, 99.04 (2019)
  • Standing (Slow Fire): Rylie Shull, Pennington County, 100 (2017)
  • Standing (Rapid Fire): Rylie Shull, Pennington County, 99 (2015)
  • Kneeling (Slow Fire): Cole Thompson, Pennington County, 99 (2017)
  • Kneeling (Rapid Fire): Rylie Shull, Pennington County, 98 (2015)
  • Total Score: Sondra Coldman, Minnehaha County, 591 (2005)
  • Total Team: Pennington County, 2259.52C (2015)

Smallbore Rifle Precision (60 shots began in 2019)

  • Prone: Rose Smith, Lawrence County, 194.05(2019)
  • Standing: Julia Ivey, Minnehaha County, 188.03 (2019)
  • Kneeling: Julia Ivey, Minnehaha County, 190.05 (2019)
  • Total Score: Julia Ivey, Minnehaha County, 571.17 (2019)
  • Total Team: Brookings County, 2003.14 (2019)

Archery

  • RWOS: Bryce Pick, Minnehaha County, 130.08x (2006)
  • RWOS Team: Hughes County, 307.04x (2002)
  • RWS: Courtney Anderson, Brookings County, 140.07x (2012)
  • RWS Team: Hughes County, 356.14x (2002)
  • CWOS
    • Trent Withers, Hughes County, 132.08x (2002**(fingers))
    • Aaron Rogers, Beadle County, 133.05x (1995)
  • CWOS Team: Hughes County, 352.15 (2002)
  • CWOS-R: Nathan Wagner, Hughes County, 141.1 (2002)
  • CWOS-R Team: Hughes County, 381.16 (2002)
  • CWS: Jacob Foiles, Brookings County, 142.10x (2012)
  • CWS Team: Clark County, 419.28x (1996)
  • CWS-R
    • Dan Norby, Lake County, 150.27x (2010)
    • Matt Peterson, Meade County, 150.27x (2017)
  • CWS-R Team: Pennington County, 448.65x (2017)
  • CompoundOpen: Wade McClanahan, Tripp County, 150.29x (2018)
  • ComOpenTeam: Pennington County, 448.67x (2017)
  • Recurve Open: Trent Withers, Hughes County, 148.16x (2003)
  • Recurve Open Team: Jones County, 337.04 (2019)