EAST BEND — Forbush teams swept the 2015 30th annual International Youth Hunter Education Challenge. This year’s event was held in Raton, New Mexico, at the NRA’s Whittington Center.
The Forbush Hunter Safety High School team won by an unprecedented 480 points ahead of the senior division runnerups Oregon team. The Forbush High School team finished first in five of the eight events: archery, shotgun, .22 rifle, wildlife identification and the hunter responsibility exam. They also placed second in muzzleloader and third in orienteering.
Three members of the Forbush High School team won individual events in the senior division: Jordan Yale in archery, Dylan Poplin in muzzleloader and Jordan Dinkins in wildlife identification. The senior teams total overall score was 9,331.
The Forbush senior team also won the district and state championship titles this year.
The Yadkin Patriots from the Forbush Middle School won the junior division title by almost 250 points ahead of the runnerup Pennsylvania team. The Forbush Middle school team came in first in three of eight events: shotgun, wildlife identification and the hunter responsibility exam. They also came in second in hunter safety trail and third in archery.
Zack Norman and Matthew Lineberry took second and third place in overall individual competition. Norman finished first in archery and Lineberry finished first in the hunter responsibility exam. The junior team total overall score was 8,142. This makes back-to-back first-place finishes for the junior team.
“The two team results shows the dedication of the team members, coaches and the support of Yadkin county. None of this could be possible without the outstanding support from the community. Yadkin county knows the importance of these programs and the impact that it gives the young group of kids. The Hunter Safety program instills sportsmanship, hunter safety, respect for the outdoors and each other. I want to personally thank everyone that has had a part of making our teams reach the top of their game,” said the team coaches.