Photos by Steve Nash

Baze Gierisch (in white shirt), 18, and Thomas Sikes, 17, shoot .22 caliber rifles Friday at Wayne’s Range off the Old Bangs Road. The two are members of the Brown County 4-H Shooting Sports Project and have been practicing for national competition, which begins later this week in Grand Island, Neb. Gierisch, a 2009 graduate of Early High School, and Sikes, a Brownwood High School junior, are part of a four-member shooting team that will represent Texas.