Pennsylvania Trapshooting Hall of Fame

Where Legends Reside.

Trapshooting Starts in Pennsylvania





Herbert Lauver, Jr., formerly of Middlesburg, PA, will be inducted posthumously into the Pennsylvania Trapshooting Hall of Fame. Herb is being recognized for his trapshooting ability as well as his contribution and service to the sport. Herb shot as an Industry Representative. Shooters that worked for a gun company, an ammunition company, or other shooting-related company and competed at ATA tournaments were required to shoot in this category. He started working for Federal Cartridge Corporation in 1977 and when he passed away he was the Senior Territory Account Manager in the east. Over his career he recorded 55,000 singles targets, 39,000 handicap targets and 25,900 doubles. He amassed many trophies in different states, the Eastern Zone, Satellite Grands and the Grand American in Vandalia, Ohio. 

Herb earned his way onto the ATA All-American Industry Team in 1979, 1982,1985,1987,1991 and 1992. He won 21 trophies at the Grand American in singles, handicap, doubles and HOA and HAA, competing in both trap and international events. Herb made his mark at the ATA Eastern Zone Shoots competing between 1978 and 1988. He won 23 trophies in singles, doubles, and handicap, many as Champion Industry Representative. Herb participated in the Pennsylvania State Shoot every year between 1978 and 1993, winning a total of 69 trophies. Additionally, his job also took him to the Maryland State Shoot, where he competed every year between 1978 and 1993 and won 45 trophies. He also traveled to the Southern Grand, New York State Shoot, Michigan State Shoot, and New Jersey State Shoot, with numerous wins at each of these tournaments 

Herb also enjoyed breeding and racing homing pigeons. He was a member of the ATA, the NRA and Ducks Unlimited. He was not just an avid trap shooter, salesman/representative and hunter; Herb was also a loving father and husband. At the time of his tragic death due to a horseback riding accident at age 48, Herb was married to Mary Jean and they had 2 sons, Brian and Chad. 

The Hall of Fame Committee is very proud to make him the 2015 Inductee.

(Based in shooting performance in 2014)


Some people would say that Ian Darroch, of Aliquippa, has large shoes to fill because he is the son of 1999 Hall of Fame Inductee, Kenneth Darroch but others would say he is blazing his own path. This target year’s wins are a large step in that direction! In many ways he is like his father, he has the same determination to win, and the same shooting skills. But the differences can be seen both on paper & on the line… by the ages he has attained many of the same goals (sooner than Ken) & that he is a lefty, a mirror image of Ken. 

Ian is very much like his father in that he enjoys shooting at Elysburg. He not only enjoys shooting there he excels at it, every year he wins bigger & better than the year before. In Elysburg he started his target year’s winning ways in September of 2013 at the Westy Hogans, where he was in a doubles shoot off & won the Doubles Championship Jr. Gold trophy. When he returned in May for the Keystone Open he won the Junior Gold trophy in both the Preliminary Doubles & the Doubles Championship then he polished off the weekend by claiming the Jr. Gold High All Around. 

When he returned in June for the Colonial Classic & the Pennsylvania State Shoot Ian continued down the path to obtaining one of his goals…getting his name in the record books for winning at the State shoot. He started the week with 4 wins at the Colonel Classic including (again) the Jr. Gold High All Around. Continuing on he became the Jr. Gold Champ in both the Cabela’s Singles & Doubles. On Attorney General Day he earned 4 trophies including the Jr. Gold Attorney Generals Cup. Championship weekend sent him closer to his quest when he won 5 more trophies. The Jr. Gold High All Around and Jr. Gold High Over All were well earned wins but the coveted prize was winning the Doubles Championship with the lone 98 in the event. Total trophies won for the 10 days: 15! 

Ian’s path led him to Ohio, West Virginia & then Sparta Illinois where he won other trophies & was in many shoot-offs. All the time increasing his averages in all 3 categories & retaining his AA-27-AA ranking. These wins were key to making the ATA Junior Gold All-American team for the third time & the PA Men’s First Team also for the third time (5 times total). Congratulations Ian on becoming the 2015 Trapshooter of the year, another footprint filled!

||  Fred Coleman  ||  Elmer "Single Trigger" Miller  ||  Frank Dissinger  ||  Donald Haldeman  ||  George McCarty  ||

||  Last GAH at Live Birds, 1902  ||  Cast Iron Medal  ||  Ohye vs Little, 1987  ||  Target Balls  ||  HoF Museum  ||

||  Fred Kimble  ||  Olympic Champions  ||  Lester German  ||  Marshall Marathon  ||  Grand American Traps  ||

||  Target Traps  ||  Shotshell Boxes  ||  Shotshell Crates  ||  Trapshooting in the Clouds  ||  Glass Ball Rules  || 

||  2014 PA All Americans  ||  2014 PA All State Teams  ||  2015 All Americans  ||  2015 PA All State Teams  ||

||  Osthaus Dog Postcards  ||  Jack Fanning  ||  Old Hats  ||  The Record Setters  ||  Forty Pounds..Arie  ||

||  Hunt Game Postcards  ||    Winchester Junior Trapshooting  ||  Chief Bender  ||  Harvey McMurchy  ||

||  Colored Photographs  ||  Annie Oakley  ||  Frank Troeh  ||  Oldest Known Trophy  ||  The Road To Yesterday  || 

||  The First 100 Straight From 27 Yards  ||  First 11 Hundred Straights From 27 Yards  ||  Pinbacks  ||

||  Grand American Winners Photographs  ||   Elmer Shaner  ||  The Westy Hogans Song  ||  Trapshooting Medals  || 

  ||  Posters and Sporting Art  ||  History of the ATA Eastern Zone  ||  ATA Eastern Zone Champions  ||  

||  1991-2012 PA Grand American Trophy Winners  ||  Pennsylvania All Americans  ||  ATA Grand Slams   ||

||  AAA27AAA Recognition  ||  AAA27AAA Recognition  ||

Sonya Miller
Richard Hamilton
Rhoda Wolf
E. A. "Bud Ross

John Miller
 Herb Jones
  George Newmaster
 Frank Pascoe

Click here for all past HOF shooters listed on this page, 24 to date.

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


Ken Darroch

Tom Burkey
Vice President

Mike Schuler

Bert Schoonover

Glenn Lash
ATA Delegate


How did the PSSA Pennsylvania Trapshooting Hall of Fame begin?

The Pennsylvania Trapshooting Hall of Fame came into existence in June, 1987, when the PSSA Board of Directors established the HOF. It was at the 1986 PSSA Eastern Zone Shoot at Reading when Richard Hamilton approached PSSA president Elwood "Woody" Brown, asking him if the PSSA would establish a trapshooting Hall of Fame. Brown agreed. Woody had been stashing a small amount of PSSA funds for several years, hoping to find someone to establish the HOF which was to be placed in the ladies lounge in the PSSA clubhouse at Elysburg. In 1987 Brown appointed and the PSSA Board of Directors approved Hamilton as the first HOF director.

Hamilton (right) went to the Grand American in 1987 and spent the entire week in the ATA Hall of Fame research room compiling all the PSSA shooting records back to 1892. Because of a back injury, he was unable to shoot that week so it was off to the ATA Hall of Fame research room at 8:00 AM every day.

These records became the foundation for the Hall of Fame. Hamilton continued, until this day, to research Pennsylvania trapshooting. He expand his research to include the Eastern Zone, Marshall Marathon, Westy Hogans, the Golden West and the NYAC tournaments. He published a book in 1997 on the history of the PSSA. 

It took two years and countless trips to Elysburg by Hamilton to set up the Hall of Fame, gather show cases and memorabilia. The first inductions of shooters and gun clubs took place at the June, 1988 Pennsylvania State Shoot. They included Andy Long, Steve Crothers, Walter Beaver, Mary Christopher, Frank Little and Orville Eberly.

A year later Hamilton established the Pennsylvania Trapshooter of the Year award. Gun clubs were also inducted, starting in 1989.

2014 Pennsylvania State Champions

Jacob Madkiff

John Spangler

Ian Darroch

Brian Snyder

Ken Darroch

.2013 Pennsylvania High Average Leaders, Men and Women

Brandon Deal
Singles Ave.
.9920 (Male)


Joel Etchen
Doubles Ave.
.9700 (Male)


Glenn Lash
Handicap Ave.
.9321 (Male)

Debbie Ohye Neilson
Doubles Ave.
.9613 (Ladies)
Singles Ave.
.9861 (Ladies)
Peggy Powers
Handicap Ave.
.9346 (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.


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


Kitty Boyer, Mt. Carmel. Ms. Boyer won the
1928 ladies Clay Target Championship at Vandalia.


1933 Grand American shootoff between Ned Lilly (near) and Walter Beaver.
Beaver won the shootoff from the than maximum distance of 25 yards.


Early 1920's view of the ATA grounds in Vandalia. There are 22 trapfields.
By 2005 when the shooting plant was closed there were 100 trapfields. This
was the first aerial photograph of the world famous  ATA homegrounds. 


Ashland Gun Club, 1928. Group picture of shooters at the
Pennsylvania State Shoot.


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. 

1910 Interstate Asso. Eastern Handicap shootoff. Standing at 23 yards, Charles
Newcomb wins the title, held at the Edge Hill Gun Club in Philadelphia. Photo
is over 100 years old. Puller and scorekeeper outlined in red circles.
Photo from the Richard Hamilton collection.


1906 Pennsylvania State Shoot at Williamsport. Left is Charlie Newcomb
and right is Harry Buckwalter. They were the two man team winners of the
"Milt Lindsley Two Man Team Cup" sponsored by the King Powder Company.
Back in the day this title was very prestigious. 


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 (doubles)
Steve Huber (handicap) and Frank Little (singles, HAA and HOA).

United States Olympic Trapshooting Champions, all ATA shooters.

James Graham
1916 Olympic Champion

Donald Haldeman
Souderton, PA
1976 Olympic Champion

Mark Arie
1920 Olympic Champion

1931 program at Bradford Gun Club.
June 24-26, 1931
Steve Crothers won 4 of the 5 major
titles at this shoot. The next year he
would win them all.

1932 program at North End Gun Club.
June 16-18, 1932
This was the shoot Steve Crothers
won all 5 major titles, the only time
this was done in state shoot history

2015 All State

(effective: 11/7/2013)
Target Requirements:

Singles, Handicap & Doubles
Men: 2500-2000-1500
Women: 2000-1000-1000
Vets: 2000-1000-1000
Sr. Vets: 2000-1000-1000
Junior/Sub- Jr: 2000-1000-1000

(New requirements in red.)
Shoot the HAA
at the 2014
PA State Shoot.

Her are 16 trapshooting legends. How many can you name?
Five are from Pennsylvania and are enshrined in the PSSA and ATA Halls of Fame.

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