The Daisy Air Rifle Championship Match will end Wednesday (July 9). There are 98 competitors between the ages of 12 and 18.
The first relay is at 8 a.m. at the John Q. Hammons Center in Rogers and anyone is welcome to watch the competition.
Shooters have 60 shots, 20 in each position: prone, sitting and kneeling. They are about 33 feet away from their target, which is scored electronically.
Coach James Eberwein said the match is an open invitational without any requirements. Eberwein has been coaching for almost 30 years. His team is the Flint Hills Junior Shooters from Alma, Kansas.
“We practice once a week, those kids that can make it we practice two times a week,” Eberwein said. “But with school commitments that’s not always easy.”
Eberwein said they did a lot of fundraising to participate in the Daisy Nationals.
“It’s not cheap to come with expenses, fuel and hotel,” he said. “You better have dedicated kids and I think all of my kids are pretty dedicated.”
Nathan Scott Coon is a member Flint Hills Junior Shooters.
“You have to have a lot of skill because you have to shoot well to compete with some of the people that are around here, which takes a lot of practice,” Coon said.
The award ceremony is expected to starts around 3 p.m.