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2016 Pennsylvania All State Teams
November 2, 2015


Elysburg, November 2, 2015: The PSSA has announced their official 2016 Pennsylvania All State Teams. Debbie Ohye Neilson, from Audobon, once again led the state women in all three trapshooting disciplines. She led the state women in Singles (98.52), Handicap (92.03) and Doubles (95.42). On the men's side, Ian Fleming, captain of the men's team and a Junior Gold shooter from Manor, PA led the state in Singles (98.88), Scott Holdren, Philipsburg, led the state in Handicap (92.50) while Ian Darroch, yet another Junior Gold shooter, from Aliquippa, led the state in Doubles (95.83).

Debbie Ohye Neilson was named captain of the Women's Team, Ian Fleming, captain of the Men's Team, Sheldon Hostetter of the Senior Vet Team, Larry Shade of the Vet Team and Luke Coward, a sub-junior from Kennett Square, of the Junior Team.

Ian Fleming is the youngest shooter to lead the state in singles average while Ian Darroch is the youngest to ever led the state in doubles average. Both shot in the Junior Gold categories this past year. Ian is also the youngest men's captain ever selected. Eight shooters made the teams for the first team while Ken Darroch and Emerson Bornman each made their 25th All State Team, a state men's record. Anna Mae Eberle holds the state record, 36 selections. Her last selection was in 2009.

2016 Official State Teams

2015 Pennsylvania Average Leaders 
Oct. 18, 2015

Elysburg, October 18, 2015: The following shooters turned in the highest averages during the 2015 shooting season. Ian Darroch's doubles was the lowest to lead the state since Tom Galligher in 1984. Past State High Average Leaders

Women's Singles Debbie Ohye Neilson 98.52
Women's Handicap Debbie Ohye Neilson 92.03
Women's Doubles Debbie Ohye Neilson 95.42
Women's Composite Debbie Ohye Neilson 95.32
Men's Singles Ian Fleming 98.88
Men's Handicap Scott Holdren 92.50
Men's Doubles Ian Darroch 95.83
Men's Composite Ian Fleming 94.96

2016 Pennsylvania All Americans  
Oct. 5, 2015

Pennsylvania All American Rookies
Luke Cowart Evan Mood
Daniel Rodgers

Elysburg, October 5, 2015: The 2016 ATA All American Teams have been announced and the Quaker State has 21 gunners who earned their way on to the teams. That's three more than last year. This brings the total of Pennsylvania All Americans to 533 since the first year of selections, back in 1927. It is the third largest in the ATA. Pennsylvania led the nation in All American selections for the 5th time in 6 years with 21 selections. Illinois finished second with 18 and Ohio a distant third with 15.

Carolyn Elliott (Left) and Frank Little (Right) lead the state with 14 All American selections each. Little was selected 38 times while living in three states as well as International team selections. Frank died young and would have had many more. David George and Rhoda Wolf each have12. Mary Christopher, Frank Pascoe, Ken Darroch each have 11 and Stephanie Sandler, Cody Davis and Sheldon Hostetter each have 10 selections. Harold Keiser has 9 selections and Anna Mae Eberle and George Newmaster have 8 selections.

Walter Beaver was selected 9 times while Steve Crothers had 8 selections, both  during the era of only 10-12 being selected by each year by Jimmy Robinson. In today's world both probably would have 20 or more selections.

Donald Schaffer Jr. of Newtown earned a Men's first team selection. It was his second All American Team selection. Donald's first selection came 28 years ago when he was a second team Junior selection back in 1988. It was the first time a state shooter earned a Men's first team honors since Ken Darroch in 2004. Debbie Ohye Neilson of Audobon, Lisa Long of West Grove and Kim Bateman of Slippery Rock were Lady I and Lady II first team selections. Ohye Neilson, as a Pennsylvania resident, was named captain for the fourth straight year. Frank Pascoe of New Castle and Ken Darroch of Aliquippa earned selections on the Sub-Vet first team. It won't be long before these two state HOF shooters top the list. Both now have 11 All American selections. Cody Davis of Shohola was selected to the Junior Gold first team. It was his 10th All American selection. Richard Hamilton of Fleetwood was a Chair-Shooter first team selection for the fourth time in the past four years. Richard was the founder of the state trapshooting Hall of Fame and at one time won 44 straight major chair-shooter titles. Sheldon Hostetter of Lebanon was a Sr. Vet first team selection. He has now been a Vet or Sr. Vet first team All American for nine straight years, ten total. Jack Noftz of Pittsburgh and Luke Cowart of Kennett Square were Sub-Junior first team selections. For Jack it was his second selection and for Luke, it was a rookie selection. Luke also won 19 trophies at the 2015 Pennsylvania State Shoot.


2015 Westy Hogans
September 11-13
PSSA Home Grounds, Elysburg, PA


Michael Hoover
Singles Champion

Luke Cowart
Seven Awards
Debbie Ohye Neilson
Seven Awards
John Manetta II

Elysburg, PA, September 14, 2015: The annual Westy Hogans Tournament was completed on Sunday on a cold and windy day. On Saturday, the singles championship was held in an all day rain storm which dumped over an inch of rain on the home grounds. The shoot attracted 787 shooters from 18 states. Hani Hafez of Wilton, CT, shooting from the 25 yard line, claimed his first Westy Hogans handicap title with a 97, the lowest score in the handicap championship since the shoot moved to Elysburg in 2003. Hani also won the singles crown back in 1984 with a 200 straight at Pine Belt, NJ, 31 years between championships. Michael Hoover of Tyrone, PA did not miss a singles target during the tournament, breaking 100 straight to claim the AAA title in the singles class championship, than broke a 200 straight to win the Westy Hogans singles title for the first time. Jon Zadzora of Slatington, PA finished second with a 200. Brad Heath of Binghamton, NY broke a field high 98 for the doubles crown. This was his second major Hogans title, winning the HOA back in 2007. John Paul Manetta II won the HAA and the HOA titles. Manetta is a former Westy Hogans doubles champion, winning that title in 2012. His father, John Manetta, once owned this shoot, winning three doubles and three HAA crowns. Both are from Berwick, PA. The preliminary handicap title went to Edward Sharpe of Clifton, NJ with a field high 99 from 19.5 yards. Debbie Ohye Neilson and Luke Cowart each took home seven awards. 

Sheila Clark of Tannersville, PA won her first Lady of America title with a 193 while Doug Pfaff of Chestertown, MD won the Westy Hogans Challenge with a 194.

2015-2016 ATA Rule Changes
2015-2016 ATA Rule Book

There are several new rules added to the 2015-2016 ATA rule book. Click here to see these important rule changes and also the entire 2015-2016 rulebook.
One of the changes reduces the number of shooters needed to earn yardage from 25 to 15 shooters. Another rules change includes some changes to All American points and still another change includes the procedure to follow when a shooter has missed an entire post by mistake. 

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August  5-15, 2015
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2015 ATA Eastern Zone Shoot    
July 23-25, 2015
Elysburg, PA


Michael Fox               Greg Smith

Peter Tsementzis           Ian Darroch

The 68th renewal of the ATA Eastern Zone is now part of the record. Shot under perfect shooting conditions for the entire run of the tournament. The shoot enjoyed 4,209 entries, the exact number who shot the tournament in 2013, the last time it was held at Elysburg. 

Peter Tsementzis of Smithville, Ontario won the zone singles championship with 200 straight. This was Peters 4th major Zone crown, winning last years doubles, winning the doubles and HAA in 1910 and the 2007 doubles. Robert Nihtila of Holbrook, MA finished second, also with a 200. Michael Capozzi of Salem, NH also broke 200 and finished with the Class B title. while Frank Pascoe of New Castle, PA won the won the sub-vet title and Ian Fleming of Manor, PA won the junior gold award, both with 200's.  Ian Darroch of Aliquippa, PA broke a field high 99 to win the doubles crown and 27 yarder Gregory Smith of Lincoln, RI also broke a field high 99 to take home the handicap crown. Michael Fox Jr., of Lincoln, RI won both the HAA and the HOA. Fox also won the first event of the shoot on Thursday with 100 straight in the Donald Schaffer Jr. Singles.

Also on Thursday Larry Shade of Hamburg, PA shot a  field high 99x100 from 27 yards to win the Michael Campbell Handicap. He won by two targets. John Federici of Harrisville, RI won the Peter Tsementzis doubles event, breaking a field high 99.

Shooting from 22.5 yards, Fred Hanstein of Scranton, PA broke 99x100 to win the preliminary handicap. Brad Heath also broke 99 and settled with the runner-up award.
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  2015 Zone Payout Sheet     Earned Yardage Report

John Michael Lash Memorial Fund
Contributions to honor the late John Michael Lash

The Executive Committee is setting up a John Michael Lash memorial fund that will be directed to paying any remaining principal on the Pat Trap Project. There will be recognition included with the wall of Partners and other donors in the PSSA main club house. Should you wish to send a memorial contribution please send a check payable to the PSSA to Skip Klinger, PO Box 24, Palmyra , PA 17078 or give it to me at one of the remaining shoots.

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2015 Pennsylvania Grand
July 3-5, 2015
Elysburg, PA

Day 1: Friday, July 3, 2015
Independence Singles, Independence Handicap, and Independence Doubles

Kay Ohye broke 100 straight and won the first event of the tournament, the Independence Singles. Michele Archambeault of Northboro MA also broke 100x100 to win the Lady 1 award. Kathy Parson won the Lady 2 award. Gary Ehasalu of Enon Valley won the sub-vet crown, Hani Hafez of Wilson, CT took the vet award, both with perfect scores. The senior vet trophy went to Fred Williams of Sugar Notch with 99x100. Entries were up in all three events for the day.

Vincent Ranelli of Fanwood, NJ, shooting from the 21 yard line, shot a field high 99x100 to win the Independence Handicap title. Vincent was one target better than Kim Bateman of Slippery Rock. Debbie Ohye Neilson won the Lady 1 award with a 96 while Bateman took the Lady 2 award. 

Robert Nihtila of Holbrook, MA broke a 99x100 in the Independence Doubles to earn his first PA Grand title. Debbie Ohye Neilson turned in the other 99 and secured the Lady 1 award. Ian Recla and Justin Slater earned the junior and junior gold titles. Other category winners included Urban Womer (sub-vet), Jerry Burkert (vet), Sheldon Hostetter (sr. vet) and Kim Bateman (Lady 2)


Day 2: Saturday, July 4, 2015
PA Grand Singles Championship & Firecracker Handicap

The glorious Fourth of July turned out not to be so glorious. Heavy rains brought out the rain wear as only 304 shooters took the line for the PA Grand Singles Championship. It was the lowest entry since at least 2001 and probably longer. One hundred ninety seven less entries from a year ago. The Firecracker Handicap suffered the same fate, down 74 from last year and also the lowest since at least 2001.

The rain didn't stop John Manetta III. John broke 200 straight to win the PA Grand Singles title. There were four other 200 straights. John Zadsora of Slatington was the AA winner with his 200 straight, Two vets, Larry Shade of Hamburg and Mike Latocha of Pompey, NY won the vet awards, winner and runner-up, also with 200's. The fourth 200 was turned in by Justin Slater to win the Junior Gold title.

Brian James (right) of Bethlehem, broke a 99 from 27 yards to claim the Firecracker Handicap. Gloria Wood of Shelocta had the other 99 to lay claim to the Lady 2 award. Gloria and Brian led the field all day. Michele Archambeault continued her assault on clay targets by winning the Lady 1 title, this one with a 96 from 26 yards. 

Day 3: Sunday, July 4, 2015
Doubles Championship & Handicap Championship

Frank Pascoe of New Castle won the PA Grand Doubles championship, breaking 99 targets. Michael Latocha of Pompey, NY won the vet award with the same score, as did Evan Mood, the junior winner from Linelexington, PA. James Blevins, Gettysburg, won the sr. vet trophy after turning in a 97x199.  Junior gold award went to Justin Slater, also with a 97. Bethany Breightner won the Lady 1 title while Kim Bateman won the Lady 2 award. 320 shooters took the line for the championship race.

Brandon Deal of Petrolia, PA broke a 98x100 to take the PA Grand Handicap title home. Donald Schaeffer Jr. finished runner-up with a 97 which also secured him the HAA crown. Sub junior Luke Cowart, fresh from winning 19 trophies at the PA state shoot, broke a 98 and settled for the high sub-junior trophy, his 5th trophy. Cathy Parson of Shippensburg won the Lady 2 award with a 96 and Michele Archambeault won the Lady 1 award. She took home 6 trophies. Larry Shade won his 5th vet award of the tournament, finishing with a 95x100.  

Robert Malmstedt of Somerville, NJ won the PA Grand HOA title, breaking 778x800. Bob won the doubles and HOA last year. Fresh from his 2015 PA state HOA title  Donald Schaffer Jr. of Newtown, won the PA Grand HAA award with a 394, two targets ahead of AA winner Malmstedt.

Full Report with photographs

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Pennsylvania State Shoot
June 15-21, 2015
Elysburg, PA


Adam Krzyzanowski   Luke Cowart 

Elysburg, PA, June 22, 2015: The Pennsylvania State Shoot is now history. 1904 shooters from 29 states visited the historic PSSA, well groomed home grounds for the annual trapshooting extravaganza. PSSA was throwing White Flyer (New York style orange targets with a black rims) and their newly purchased PAT traps The weather co-operated somewhat, with hot, humid days for the entire shoot, with some light rain and wind sprinkled in to make things interesting. Entries were up from last year with 640 more entries than 2014. 

Championship week started on Wednesday with the Attorney General's Day events. Ian Fleming of Manor, PA won the Brandon Deal Singles, Steve Huber of Orwigsburg took the Adam Krzyzanowski Handicap and Ian Darroch of Aliquippa, last years state double champion, won the Joel Etchen Doubles. Harlan Campbell III of Tribune, KS had a 100 straight in the same event to win the high out of state award. Frank Pascoe of New Castle won the Attorney General's Cup on Wednesday with 295x300 on the three combined events. Frank won 11 awards for the week.

The big noise however was the amazing shoot by Ken Darroch and Adam Krzyzanowski of Warminster, PA.

Darroch won the Pennsylvania State Handicap and Pennsylvania State HAA titles and also tied for the Pennsylvania State Singles crown while Adam won the Pennsylvania State Doubles and Pennsylvania State Singles titles.

Darroch became only the third 27 yarder to take the handicap title with an amazing wind driven 99x100 on Sunday, which also gave him his 6th HAA title. He joins Richard Kaysa and Steve Huber as the only shooters to win the state handicap title from the back fence. He also has won a state record 12 HOA titles. Ken has won 22 major state titles and is also  ten time All American. Darroch packed up 14 trophies for his trip back to Aliquippa. For Adam his singles and doubles titles were his first state titles. He also won the PA Grand doubles title back in 2012. He was selected the last seven years on the All State Team. Chris Vendel of Rochester, NY also had a 99x100 in the handicap race to lead all non-resident gunners. The lanky New Hampshire hotshot Michael Blaisdell of Keene, NH had a field high 100 straight in the doubles championship to win the non-resident title. Seems like Blaisdell still owns the gun club. Donald Schaffer Jr. of Newtown, PA won the Pennsylvania State HOA crown to go along with his 12 trophies.

Debbie Ohye Neilson of Audobon won the Pennsylvania State Lady 1 Singles, Doubles, HAA and HOA titles along with her 14 awards. Diane Arner of Walnutport took the Pennsylvania State Lady 1 Handicap title.

Donna Natcher of Ebensburg won the Lady 2 Pennsylvania State Lady 2 Singles award, Michelle Shaffer of Windber took the Pennsylvania State Lady 2 Handicap crown and Kim Bateman of Slippery Rock won the Pennsylvania State Lady 2 Doubles, HAA and HOA awards.

Luke Cowart of Kennett Square won the Pennsylvania State Sub-Junior Singles, Doubles, HAA and HOA trophies. Luke won 19 trophies to lead the shoot on trips to the trophy case. 

Evan Mood of Linelexington won the Krieghoff Handicap on Friday with a 99 from 22.5 yards. Jacob Madkiff of Kutztown, last years state singles champion, won the Krieghoff challenge along with a Krieghoff K-80 combo gun.

Full Report with photographs
2015 Payout Sheet
    Yardage Report

Pennsylvania Preliminary Days
June 15-16, 2015
Elysburg, PA


Michael Sullenberger

William Natcher

Brandon Deal


Elysburg, PA, June 17, 2015: Michael Sullenberger won Monday's Hall of Fame Handicap with a field high 98 from 22 yards. William Natcher followed that with 100x100 to win the Hall of Fame Singles and Brandon Deal won the Media Handicap with a field high 97 from 27 yards. Luke Cowart won the Preliminary Days HOA title with 668x700. Ken Darroch won the 200 target Cabela's Doubles race with 193x200. Keith Welch of Bath, NY won the Cabela's Handicap on Tuesday with Norman Koontz of Sinking Spring, PA won the Cabela's Singles

Pennsylvania Colonial Classic
June 13-14, 2015
Elysburg, PA


Chris Vendel

Ken Darroch

Todd Sauble

Elysburg, PA, June 15, 2015: The annual Colonial Classic was a spectacular success once again. Shooting under great, hot weather, the home grounds in Elysburg were in spectacular condition, the targets were perfect and the shoot attracted 967 shooters from 29 states. Starting Monday, the Pennsylvania State Shoot begins with two preliminary days of shooting and Wednesday starts the 5 championship days. 

Getting things started, Joseph Charnigo of Creston, OH broke 299x300 on Saturday, missing only one handicap target. Joe won the Debbie Ohye Neilson Handicap and Debbie Ohye Neilson Doubles title, breaking a 99x100 from 27 yards, than a field high perfect score in the doubles event. Charnigo broke 97x100 handicap shootoff targets to win the handicap crown over Wellington Patterson and Jack Jabs, each also breaking 99x100 program targets. 

The Colonial Classic Singles title (events 1 & 4) went to Todd Sauble of Martinsburg, WV with 200x200. Other perfect 200's were turned in by Brandon Deal, Frank Pascoe, Jon Zadzora, Chet Karpyn and Louis Diprete. The Colonial Classic Handicap title went to Chris Vendel of Rochester, NY with 99x100 from 27 yards. Finishing runner-up was Steve Miller of Bedford, PA, also with a 99x100. Vendel edged Miller for the Colonial Classic HAA title by one target, 395-394. Pennsylvania legend Ken Darroch broke the only 100 straight to win the Colonial Classic Doubles championship.

2015 PSSA Keystone Open
May 15-17, 2015


Scott Holdren Kim Bateman

The 25th renewal of the Keystone Open was held at Elysburg on May 15-17, 2015. Attendance was slightly lower than last year but the weather was 100% better, as the gunners shot in near perfect, warm conditions.
Scott Holdren, 27 yarder out of Philipsburg, PA, led the 473 entry handicap field by two targets to claim the coveted title.

The doubles crown went to Michael Blaisdell of New Hampshire. The PSSA homegrounds certainly has become the "home" field for this New Hampshire All American. Speaking of All Americans, the legendary Harlan Campbell Jr, made the trip from Tribune, Kansas and claimed the singles and HOA titles. He also claimed the May Singles crown on Friday with a perfect 100 straight. It was his first trip to the Keystone Open but not his first trip to Elysburg. He laid waste to the recent Westy Hogans, winning three major titles.

Junior Gold hot shot Christopher Vendel, of Rochester, NY, son of Chris Vendel, won the HAA by one shot over Campbell. Sheldon Hostetter savaged two of the three doubles events, breaking hundred straights to win both the May and Preliminary doubles titles. William Gardner of Enola, PA won the Shriners Handicap by two targets. Williams shot from the 21 yard line.

Kim Bateman of Slippery Rock, PA collected seven Lady 2 awards, winning the HAA and HOA along with the Lady 2 singles and doubles titles. Michele Archambeault of Northboro, MA took home seven Lady 1 titles, including the HAA, HOA and the singles and doubles titles. Both ladies completely dominated their categories. 
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2015 PSSA Major Champions
Elysburg, PA

Listed below are the major champions of the 2015 ATA shoots at Elysburg, including the Keystone Open, Colonial Classic, PA State Shoot, PA Grand, ATA Eastern Zone and the Westy Hogans.

Keystone Open Singles Harlan Campbell Jr. 200
Keystone Open Handicap Scott Holdren 99
Keystone Open Doubles Michael Blaisdell 100
Keystone Open HAA Christopher Vendel 391
Keystone Open HOA Harlan Campbell Jr. 783
Colonial Classic Singles Todd Sauble 200
Colonial Classic Handicap Chris Vendel 99
Colonial Classic Doubles Ken Darroch 100
Colonial Classic HAA Chris Vendel 395
Colonial Classic HOA No Event ...
PA State Singles Adam Krzyzanowski 200
PA State Handicap Ken Darroch 99
PA State Doubles Adam Krzyzanowski 100
PA State HAA Ken Darroch 394
PA State HOA Donald Schaffer Jr. 1072
PA Grand Singles John Manetta III 200
PA Grand Handicap Brandon Deal 98
PA Grand Doubles Brian Jones 99
PA Grand HAA Donald Schaffer Jr. 394
PA Grand HOA Robert Malmstedt 778
ATA Eastern Zone Singles Peter Tsementzis 200
ATA Eastern Zone Handicap Gregory Smith 99
ATA Eastern Zone Doubles Ian Darroch 99
ATA Eastern Zone HAA Michael Fox 393
ATA Eastern Zone HOA Michael Fox 971
Westy Hogans Singles Michael Hoover 200
Westy Hogans Handicap Hani Hafez 97
Westy Hogans Doubles Brad Heath 98
Westy Hogans HAA John Manetta III 389
Westy Hogans HOA John Manetta III 582

2014 PSSA Major Champions
Elysburg, PA

Listed below are the major champions of the 2014 ATA shoots at Elysburg, including the Keystone Open, Colonial Classic, PA State Shoot, PA Grand and the Westy Hogans.

Keystone Open Singles Justin Slater 200
Keystone Open Handicap Donald Weaver 100
Keystone Open Doubles Joel Etchen 98
Keystone Open HAA Brad Heath 386
Keystone Open HOA (Rained Out) .....
Colonial Classic Singles Michael McDunn 200
Colonial Classic Handicap Steve Hawkins 99
Colonial Classic Doubles Philip Criado 99
Colonial Classic HAA Adam Krzyzanowski 391
Colonial Classic HOA No Event ...
PA State Singles Jacob Madkiff 199
PA State Handicap Brian Snyder 99
PA State Doubles Ian Darroch 98
PA State HAA John Spangler 386
PA State HOA Ken Darroch 1070
PA Grand Singles Gregory Smith 200
PA Grand Handicap Roger Herb


PA Grand Doubles Robert Malmstedt 100
PA Grand HAA Chris Vendel 390
PA Grand HOA Robert Malmstedt 772
Westy Hogans Singles Michael Lipetz 200
Westy Hogans Handicap Harlan Campbell Jr. 98
Westy Hogans Doubles Michael Blaisdell 100
Westy Hogans HAA Harlan Campbell Jr. 394
Westy Hogans HOA Harlan Campbell Jr. 587

2013 PSSA Major Champions
Elysburg, PA

Listed below are the major champions of the 2013 ATA shoots at Elysburg, including the Keystone Open, Colonial Classic, PA State Shoot, PA Grand, ATA Eastern Zone and the Westy Hogans.

Keystone Open Singles Ian Recla 200
Keystone Open Handicap Edward Taylor 98
Keystone Open Doubles Joel Etchen 99
Keystone Open HAA Ian Recla 392
Keystone Open HOA Joseph Recla 775
Colonial Classic Singles Frank Pascoe 200
Colonial Classic Handicap Ed Wagaman 96
Colonial Classic Doubles Donald Neilson 100
Colonial Classic HAA Robert Malmstedt 392
Colonial Classic HOA (no event) ........
PA State Singles Debbie Ohye Neilson 200
PA State Handicap Earl Grube 98
PA State Doubles Raymond Stahl 98
PA State HAA Frank Pascoe  389
PA State HOA Frank Pascoe 1067
PA Grand Singles Chris Vendel 200
PA Grand Handicap Samuel Astuto 99
PA Grand Doubles Donald Neilson 99
PA Grand HAA John Kirksey 392
PA Grand HOA Frank Pascoe 778
ATA Eastern Zone Singles Michael Blaisdell 200
ATA Eastern Zone Handicap Eddie Cotton 100
ATA Eastern Zone Doubles William Forester 99
ATA Eastern Zone HAA Brad Heath 394
ATA Eastern Zone HOA Justin Slater 978
Westy Hogans Singles Harlan Campbell Jr. 200
Westy Hogans Handicap James Gontar 100
Westy Hogans Doubles Harlan Campbell Jr. 99
Westy Hogans HAA Robert Malmstedt 394
Westy Hogans HOA Harlan Campbell Jr. 586

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2016 PSSA Dates

Cicero, NY

ATA Eastern Zone Shoot July 21-24, 2016

Reading (East) and Ruffsdale (West)

 PSSA Eastern Zone May 7-8, 2016
 PSSA Western Zone May 7-8, 2016


Keystone Open: May 13-15, 2016
PSSA Colonial Classic: June 11-12, 2016 
PSSA State Shoot: June 13-19, 2016
PA Grand: July 1-3, 2016
Westy Hogans: Sept. 9-11, 2016

PSSA Homegrounds
Elysburg, PA

For those using a GPS to find the PSSA home grounds, the address to use is:

405 Monastery Road,
Elysburg PA 17824.


2016 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
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at the 2015
PA State Shoot.

by Richard Hamilton

It appears back in the day state state shooters didn't take winning a state doubles title very serious. In 1946 Andy Long won the state doubles title with a "coin toss" over George Baldwin of West Chester.

Than in 1950 Orville Eberly won the doubles title when Al Mulhaupt did not show up for the shoot-off and forfeited the coveted (at least by today's standards) crown.

Did you know that a total of 9 PSSA shooters have achieved the ATA Grand Slam. To see who, click here.

Did you know that on June 15, 1988 Mel Krepps of Freedom, PA became the first PSSA shooter (61st nationally) to complete the "Grand Slam," when he broke a 100 straight in Doubles.

Did you know that the first three state shooters to achieve their AA77AA pin from the ATA were PA Hall of Famers, Tom Galligher, Frank Little and Bob Machamer. The year was 1986.

Did you know that in 1881 Rolla "Pop" Heikes broke 184 straight clay targets, a world record which "would probably never be equaled." He set this record in Corry, PA. Today the record is over 2000 straight.

Did you know that Frank Little broke 500x500 in the singles marathon at the 1989 PA Grand. It was only the 9th such score in ATA history at the time. Also the only 500x500 at the PSSA home grounds at Elysburg.

Charlie Newcomb was the first ATA delegate for the PSSA, 1923. Newcomb is an ATA and a PA Hall of Famer. 1923 was the first year the ATA used "state delegates." Of course, it was the first year of the ATA., 

Stephanie Sandler became the first lady to lead the state in composite averages for year. 2010.

Tyler Nunes of Sinking Spring became the first sub-Junior to win the state sub-junior singles championship four times.

Kim Bateman, Sonya Miller and Stephanie Sandler are the only women gunners to break 200x200 in the PA state singles championship.

Kim Bateman set the women's HAA record at the 2009 PA state shoot with a 391x400.

Since the first year (1927) Pennsylvania has had 494 All American selections. Data is current through the 2014 selections. Frank Little and Carolyn Elliott, PA Hall of Famers, each have 14 to lead the state men and women.

Allen Heil was the first Pennsylvania shooter selected to the All American Team, back in 1927.  

Since the first year in 1927-2011 there have been 6,745 shooters selected to various All American Teams. Many several times. Ray Stafford of Colorado has been selected to 43 All American Teams to lead all shooters.

Are you feeling down after you finished runner-up at the State Shoot. Well, the legendary ATA Hall of Famer from Conshohocken, Walter Beaver, finished second a record 18 times in the championship Singles, Handicap or Doubles. Data for the HAA and HOA is unavailable. I'm sure that number would be a lot higher if those figures were added to the 18 times listed above.

As one might expect, Kay Ohye has more 200 straights at the Pennsylvania State Shoot than any other shooter. He has 12. Stephen Ollock has 10. Frank Little and Chris Vendel each have 9.   Ken Darroch and Robert Malnstedt each have 7.Records are through the 2010 State Shoot.

That in 1932 Steve Crothers won all 5 major titles at the Pennsylvania State Shoot at North End Gun Club near Allentown. In 1994 Ken Darroch won 4 of the 5 titles. Anna Mae Eberle collected 4 of the 5 women's titles in 1979.

That the first State Shoot was held in Williamsport in 1892. 

That the highest HOA average at the State Shoot belongs to Ken Darroch with  a .9918 average in the 5 major events. In 1938 Walter Beaver had the second highest HOA average, .9877 in the 5 major events.

Carolyn Elliott and Frank Little have been selected to 14 All American Teams each, most in the State. 

Steve Crothers has either won or finished runner-up 46 times in the 5 major events at the PA State Shoot. (Singles, Handicap, Doubles, HAA or HOA)

Alice Crothers has completed the PA Average Grand Slam 5 times, leading the state in singles, handicap, doubles and composite average in the same target year. She led the state women for 5 straight years from 1930-1934. 

Frank Little has completed the PA Average Grand Slam 5 times, leading state men in singles, handicap, doubles and composite average in the same target year. 

Anna Mae Eberle was named captain of the women's All State Team 7 times, a state record. Sonya Miller is second with 6. (through 2010 teams)

Frank Little was named captain of the men's All State Team 12 times, a state record. David George is second with ten selections. Ken Darroch is third with eight selections. Anna Mae Eberle and Stephanie Sandler have earned seven captains spots. Sonya Miller, Mel Krepps and Tom Galligher each have 5 selections. (through 2011 teams)

That Frank Little has the highest singles average in state history. In 1987 his average was .9972. Charlie Sheckler had the first 99%+ average back in 1970 his singles average was 9920.

Sixty eight times Keystone State gunners have turned in averages of 99% or better. Stephen Ollock leads with 10 while the late (died in 1992) Frank Little also has 10. Tom Galligher (retired) has 7. The retired Dan DeDionisio has 5. (through 2009 averages)

William Hazlett on winning the 1980 Grand American. "All I can say is that I am from Pittsburgh and that's the city of Champions." William won a Jeep Cherokee, a wad of cash and a title he will hold for a lifetime. 

That in 1994 Ken Darroch broke a 1091x1100 in the State HOA. That's an average of .9918 folks. Walter Beaver has the second highest HOA average with .9877 in 1938. (642x650)

That the PSSA is the "father" of the Pennsylvania Game Commission, organized as a committee of the PSSA in 1895.

Pennsylvania shooters shot at 3,006,375 singles targets in 2004 and 3,134,300 in 2005 and in 2006 the shot 2,834,975. In 2007 they shot 2,720,375.

Pennsylvania has not won the State Team Race at the Grand since 1967. That's 48 years ago folks. Ohio has won 15 times, Illinois 14 times, Texas 8 and Pennsylvania and Kansas.7 times. 

That George Snellenberger broke the first 100 straight in Doubles in Pennsylvania on 5-26-68 at West Penn.

That Mel Krepps earned three veteran Trap and Field Averages Awards, 1993, 1994 and 1995. He was also the first shooter east of the Mississippi, to break 100 straight in Handicap from 27 yards. 

That Captain A. H. Bogardus broke 995x1000 glass balls at Bradford, PA in late 1878.

Bob Whitehead, Ralph Challingsworth and Sheldon Hostetter have the only 200 straights in winning the PA Vet singles title. Whitehead and Herb Jones won the vet title a record 4 times. 

In 1984 Emilie Peters became the only women to win the state handicap championship, breaking a 97 from 21 yards. She defeated L. M. Hamilton and another lady, the late Cathi Smith, in a shootoff. 

That George Baldwin finished 2nd in the PA Singles, Doubles and Handicap Championship twice each.

That David George has the only two 200 straights for a Senior Vet in winning the PA Sr. Vet title. He won the title a state record six times.

Since the first year that the PSSA has named All State Teams, there have been 1820 first and second team selections thru the 2011 team selections. Seventy selections are added each year.

Anna Mae Eberle has been selected to 35 All State Teams thru 2009 selections. 

Emerson Bornman leads all male active state shooters in All State selections with 22 thru 2011 selections.

Ken Darroch has finished runner-up in the PA Doubles Championship 5 times, winning once. He has amassed 18 major state titles.

Thomas Cherup holds the record for Junior State Singles titles with four.

Charles Sheckler was the first state shooter to have a .9900 singles average, back in 1970 (.9920)

Sonya Miller has the three highest women's singles averages, all over 98%. 1995, 2000, 2001.

Anna Mae Eberle won 23 major Pennsylvania State Women's championships. 

Steve Huber and Richard Kaysa are the only 27 yarders to win the PA Handicap title. Steve in 1992 and Richard in 1994. 

Ken Darroch holds the record for the highest HAA score at the state shoot with 397x400. Twice!!  


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