Local 4-Hers medal at 2022 Minnesota 4-H Shooting Sports and Wildlife Invitational

The team included several top five finishes.

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Coaches Darlys and John Hamberg, back left, Anita and Kevin Hoeper ( archery coaches), Jotham Walsvik, Otto Mattson, Mazzie Hopp, Emma Malone, Coleen Malone, Ethan Snorek, Asher Hoeper, JD Saunders and wildlife coach Macey Hoeper; Caleb Smith, front left, Elli Baker, Sawyer Storry, Brennen Sonenstahl, Hazel Saunders, Samuel Hoeper, Ivy Hoeper, Beth Lustila, Alex Leach and Mayci Baker. Missing from the photo : Coach Steve Benson, John Walters, Noah Radniecki, Isaac Radniecki, Braden Koons and Grace Radniecki.
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WADENA — The Wadena area is putting out some of the sharpest shooters around.
Twenty-two area youth showed their skills at the MN 4-H State Shooting Sports & Wildlife Invitational held in Alexandria, Minn., September 9-11. The 593 Minnesota 4-H youth participated in the following events: BB gun, standard air rifle, 3 position air rifle, air pistol, .22 Rifle, muzzleloading, trap, silhouette, wildlife calling, skillathon and conservation/wildlife displays throughout the weekend. Youth had the opportunity to showcase their skills they learned throughout the past year, as they spent 15 or more hours working with a trained instructor in their discipline of interest.
There were 22 youth from Wadena County who participated in the 2022 State shoot earning a total of 37 medals.


#1 Archery -Junior Class C * 1st place team Medals

  • Samuel Hoeper 2nd place individual (medal)
  • John Walter 31st individual
  • Mayci Baker 9th individual (medal)
  • Noah Radniecki 25th individual

#2 Archery -Junior Class C *2nd place team medals

  • Alex Leach 1st place individual (medal)
  • Sawyer Storry 7th place individual (medal)
  • Hazel Saunders 28th individual
  • Brennen Sonenstahl 34th individual

#1 Archery - Intermediate Class C * 1st place team medals

  • Asher Hoeper - Placed 1st individually (medal)
  • Coleen Malone - placed 2nd individually(medal)
  • Ethan Snorek placed 26th individually
  • Isaac Radniecki placed 25th

#1 Archery - Intermediate Class C * 5th place team medals


  • Caleb Smith 54th individual
  • Elli Baker 37th individual
  • JD Saunders 55th individual
  • Braden Koons 71st individual

Archery - Senior Class C *2nd place team medals

  • Otto Mattson placed 11th individually
  • Emma Malone placed 34th individually
  • Jotham Walsvik placed 8th individually (medal)
  • Grace Radniecki placed 44th individually

3 Position Air Rifle -Junior - *4th place team medals

  • Alex Leach 2nd place individual (medal)
  • Samuel Hoeper 21st place Individual
  • Sawyer Storry 23rd place individual
  • Hazel Saunders 38th place Individual

Individual placings

3 Position Air Rifle -Intermediate

  • JD Saunders 40th place individually

Silhouette-Rifle -Junior

  • Sawyer Storry placed 2nd individually(medal)
  • Alex Leach placed 16th individually
  • Samuel Hoeper 32nd individually

Silhouette-Rifle -Intermediate

JD Saunders 17th place individually

Trap -intermediate

Asher Hoeper placed 37th individually


Trap -Senior

  • Otto Mattson placed 64th individually
  • Jotham Walsvik placed 8th individually (medal)
  • Mazie Hopp placed 60th individually

Air Pistol 2 hands -Junior

  • Alex Leach placed 2nd individually (medal)
  • Sawyer Storry placed 13th individually

Air Pistol 2 hands -Senior
Otto Mattson, 1st Place individually (medal)

Air Pistol 1 hand -Senior
Jotham Walsvik 5th place individually (medal)

.22 Rifle Target- intermediate
Asher Hoeper placed 12th individually

.22 Rifle Target- Senior
Mazie Hopp 14th place individually

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