By Julie Johansen
Ryter Ekker is a sixth grade student from Canyon View Middle School. He will be competing in the light rife competition in Huron, South Dakota while representing the Utah Junior High School Rodeo Club.
This is Ekker’s rookie year with the rodeo club. Ekker placed second in the first round, third in the second round, second in the average and tied for second place in the state overall standings at this year’s state finals that were hosted in Heber City.
The light rifle is a marksmanship competition that is shot with .22 caliber rifles. The competitors shoot paper targets at 50 yards in three different positions. In each position (prone, standing and kneeling), the competitors shoot three shots at four different targets.
Fellow teammates Thomas McElprang placed ninth in the state while Kashley Rhodes placed 10th.