Where Legends Reside.

Trapshooting Starts in Pennsylvania


This 1908 political pin was worn by Reading delegates
at the 1907 PSSA meeting to decide where the 
state shoot would be awarded. Unfortunately for
Reading, the delegates voted for the Bradford
Gun Club. Reading would get the shoot the next year.
The pin back is about the size of a silver dollar.


A very rare Tribune clay target
Manufactured in Erie, PA in 1880's

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2016 Pennsylvania State Champions, Elysburg, June 13-19, 2016

Bob McBride
Handicap
99x100

Luke Cowart
Singles
200x200

Donald Schaffer Jr.
HOA
1073x1100

Debbie Ohye Neilson
HAA
394x400

Donald Schaffer Jr.
Doubles
98x100


.2015 Pennsylvania High Average Leaders, Men and Women

Ian Fleming
High Singles Ave.
98.88 (Male)

 


Ian Darroch
High Doubles Ave.
95.83 (Male)

 


Scott Holdren
High Handicap Ave.
92.50 (Male)

Debbie Ohye Neilson
High Doubles Ave.
95.42 (Ladies)

High Singles Ave.
98.52 (Ladies)

Debbie Ohye Neilson
High Handicap Ave.
92.03 (Ladies)


Arguably the greatest ATA singles shooter in history, Steve Crothers.
 He shot the first 200x200 at the Grand American in 1925, and the
  first 200x200 at the Pennsylvania State Shoot in 1930. 
He also won 14 state singles titles plus the CTC in 1925.
He was also state singles runner-up 7 times.


First HOF induction ceremonies, 1988. Gene Anastasio
inducting Frank Little.... Earlier in the program, Andy Long
became the first person to be inducted into the HOF.
Also in the photograph were, left to right, Mary Christopher, Dr.
Louis Wolf
, Woody Brown, Ray McKissick, Richard Hamilton.


Pennsylvania ís two super shooters. Sonya Miller of Alburtis , PA. on the left 
and Anna Mae Eberle o
f Pittsburgh on the right. Between the two they have won 48 state
championships and have been selected  to 60 All State Teams. Both have dominated
the ladies during the modern era of the PSSA. Although their championship years are
 behind them, both are still active and still shoot at all the PSSA shoots at Elysburg.   

 


George Newmaster of Myerstown , PA shown with some of his hundreds of awards
he won during his career. Shown are
11 major state shoot trophies including one handicap,
one singles, three doubles, three HAA and three HOA. He also won seven major Eastern Zone
titles plus the top award in the zone class singles class championship six times. He also won
three singles and two doubles titles at the Westy Hogans when they were shot in Atlantic City .  


Fred Coleman of Hegins , PA , the first great PSSA flyer and clay target champion.
He won many of the early flyer state championships at the early state shoots,
including the last one in 1907. Coleman also won the clay target titles in 1903
 in Philadelphia and 1905 in Pittsburgh . The famous labor day pigeon 
in Hegins , PA was named in his honor.


Elmer Shaner, Slippery Rock, burning the ATA mortgage
at Vandalia in 1935. Looking on is Charles Brennan,
the mayor of Dayton, Ohio.


1994 at Elysburg. This squad is the only perfect squad in state history.
All 5 broke 100x100. Left to right, Mike Hoover, Dan DeDionisio,
David Bish, John DiFabio and John Worner. 


Again, Mr. Newcomb (left). This time at the 1914 Southern Handicap.
This is his squad, number 21. Holding the squad number is ATA
Hall of Famer Johnny Jahn. Johnny Jahn was
shooting in only his second year.


Elmer "Single Trigger" Miller, inventor of the single trigger, shown
at the 1932 Grand American where he won two singles class awards.
Miller lived in Millersburg, PA.


Between 1963 and 1968 a member of this squad won the state
singles championship. Four of the five are in the PA Hall of Fame.
(Left to right): Mahlon Schwar, Bob Diefenderfer, Al Godshall,
Bill Hunsberger and Jim Stine


Another squad at another time. All five are in the Pennsylvania
Trapshooting Hall of Fame. This 1992 squad picture shows all the
major state champions in 1992. Emerson Bornman (top left),
Doubles
Steve Huber (kneeling, left),
Handicap and Frank Little (top center) Singles, HAA and HOA.
Others are Mel Krepps (kneeling, right) and Woody Brown (top right).