Pauls Valley, OK, Pauls Valley Democrat

January 13, 2014

On the mark for 4-H trio

Barry Porterfield
Pauls Valley Democrat

bporterfield@pvdemocrat.com — A Pauls Valley trio, two students and one teacher, are looking to hit the mark with their advancement to a national 4-H shooting competition.

PVHS sophomores Kamryn Akers and Jonny Williams, along with Kamryn’s father and math teacher at the local high school, Ron Akers, are now set as players and coach on the Oklahoma 4-H air rifle team.

With Ron selected as the team coach and his daughter, Williams and two other students to be named later, the team will represent their schools and state in the national 4-H shooting sports meet this summer.

Not a bad showing for a team led by a father-daughter duo in the first year of the 4-H activity here in Pauls Valley.

For Kamryn, it’s a matter of staying calm when she prepares to shoot; something she’s been doing for some time.

“I’ve been around it since I was little,” Kamryn said. “I’ve been shooting since I was in the seventh grade.

“It’s fun. Competition is fun. I just shoot it and try to shoot it straight.”

This was Kamryn’s fourth showing at a state shooting competition with the first three in the intermediate age group.

Now that she’s in the senior division, Kamryn will make her first appearance at a 4-H national event.

Also very familiar with shooting sports, Ron is hoping it’s something that can take off for 4-H here in PV.

“This is our first year,” Ron said. “I would like to get more kids involved.

“I shot professional for about 24 years. When my daughters came up I wanted to coach it.”

More recently Ron coached a team at Vanoss before he and his family made the move to Pauls Valley.

Adding to the family legacy, Kamryn’s older sister is currently on the skeet shooting team at East Central University in nearby Ada.

It was back in November when Kamryn, using a .22 caliber rifle, finished second in the state championships in the Oklahoma City metro area.

Then in December it was Kamryn who finished fourth and Williams a sixth place slot at the 4-H air rifle state meet in Kingfisher.

Both Pauls Valley students were qualified for the national meet as Ron was chosen to coach the team for the big 4-H competition in late June in Grand Island, Nebraska.

Along with firearms and archery, the four-day meet with one day for registration will include a total of nine events.

At the national meet the air rifle 4-Hers will fire a total of 100 shots at various targets from a variety of positions, such as standing, kneeling and prone.

“The majority of states will send somebody to this meet,” Ron said.

They are set to get some help with the expenses of the trip through the county 4-H program here in Garvin County.

They are hoping to get some more help as anyone interested in donating to the local trio can contact Bob Leadford at the OSU Extension office in the county courthouse in PV.

“If we could raise a few hundred dollars it would help with the travel and lodging expenses.”