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Local youth earns 2nd place in State Air Pistol Match

By Shirley Shuman

Grady Casto, 12,  recently earned second place in the WV Air Rifle Match held at Jackson’s Mill. He is the son of Steve and Lindsey Casto.  His father commented on his success at Jackson’s Mill. “I am proud of him,” he said. “He’s always had an interest in hunting and going to the shooting range.”    For a part of his 4-H activities, Casto  learned  air-pistol shooting technique as a participant in the  local 4-H Shooting Sports program. His instructors, Chad Smith and Andrew Long,  started the air pistol and air rifle practices in November and continued through March. Twenty four 4-H members participated in the air pistol training, which  was first offered this past year.

Debbie Friend of the local WVU extension office noted that the 4-H shooting program has received funding from the Braxton County Rotary and Sutton Moose Lodge along with a grant from the NRA foundation. She explained that this funding has helped supply new equipment and supplies. Friend also noted that Mid-State Archers have allowed those involved in 4-H shooting sports to practice at their site.