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

SMITH, IAN DARROCH, TSEMENTZIS, FOX WIN MAJOR ZONE AWARDS.

   
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.
Full report with photographs
  
  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.

Skip Klinger

John Michael Lash
1983-2015

John Michael Lash, the 31 year old son of Pennsylvania ATA delegate Glenn Lash and his wife Dienna, died on July 10th as a result of an automobile accident. John was a 2002 graduate of Yough High School, where he was a member of the Golf Team and Section Champion. A graduate of Triange Tech, he was an electrician employed by Pellman Electric.A Memorial Service will be held at 11 am Wednesday at The Church, 1683 Mars Hill Rd, Sutersville. In lieu of flowers, memorial contribution may be made to a charity of ones choice. Arrangements entrusted to the J. William McCauley, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc., West Newton.
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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
HAA & HOA

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

Payout Sheet

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2015 ATA Eastern Zone
July 23-26, 2015
Elysburg, PA

ATA EASTERN ZONE
JULY 23-26, 2015


The first Eastern Zone shoot was held in 1920 and continued until 1929 when the shoots were ended because of lack of attendance. The old Marshall Marathon than became the most dominant big shoot in the east and continued until 1950. By that time, the ATA renewed all zone shoots in 1948, including the Eastern Zone. It has continued until to today. The 2015 shoot will be the 67th renewal of the ATA Eastern Zone. In recent times the shoot has been held in Elysburg every other year. Come to Elysburg to enjoy this historic shoot, now one of the largest major shoots in the country. 

 
 

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

SCHAFFER, KRZYZANOWSKI, DARROCH WIN 5 MAJOR TITLES.

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

SUB-JUNIOR LUKE COWART WINS PRELIMINARY DAYS HOA


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

SAUBLE, VENDEL, DARROCH
WIN 4 MAJOR TITLES.


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 Westy Hogans
September 11-13, 2015
Elysburg, PA

WESTY HOGANS
SEPT. 11-13, 2015

Don't forget to place this great PSSA sponsored shoot on your early fall shooting calendar. The shoot has been around since 1907, probably the oldest non state shoot in the country. Great shooting, great money and great trophies.


 
 

2015 PSSA Keystone Open
May 15-17, 2015

SCOTT HOLDREN WINS
HANDICAP CROWN, BLAISDELL, CAMPBELL JR. AND VENDEL JR. WIN OTHER MAJOR TITLES.

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 Shoot Program.


Click Program for 2015 shoot program

The 2015 shoot schedules for the PSSA Elysburg
shoots are listed below.

May 15-17, 2015 Keystone Open
June 13-14, 2015 Colonial Classic
June 15-21, 2015 PA State Shoot
July 3-5, 2015 PA Grand
July 23-26, 2015 ATA Eastern Zone
Sept. 11-13, 2015 Westy Hogans

  
 

2015 ATA Eastern Zone Shoot at Elysburg
July 23-26, 2014


Click Program for 2015 shoot program

Elysburg, PA, Tuesday, April 28, 2014: The 2015 ATA Eastern Zone Shoot will be held at the PSSA homegrounds in Elysburg from July 23-26, 2015. The shoot program is now available.

  
 

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    
Westy Hogans Handicap    
Westy Hogans Doubles    
Westy Hogans HAA    
Westy Hogans HOA    

Krieghoff Challenge
Past Winners

Krieghoff Challenge Winners


2014 State Shoot (Tenth Year)
Vitalino Vas, Farmingville, NY


2013 State Shoot (Ninth Year)
Randy Parson, Shippensburg, PA


2012 State Shoot (Eighth Year)
Stanley Solkowski, Burlington, CT


2011 State Shoot (Seventh Year)
Harold Burkholder, Chambersburg, PA


2010 State Shoot (Sixth Year)
John Spangler, Irwin, PA


2009 State Shoot (Fifth Year)
Allen Peed, Hughesville, MD


2008 State Shoot (Fourth Year)
Larry Shade, Hamburg, PA


2007 State Shoot (Third Year)
Devi Ruthod, Dillsburg, PA


2006 State Shoot (Second Year)
Jacob Koons, Hegins, PA


2005 State Shoot (First Year)
Mike Johnson, Westfield, NY

2015 PSSA All State Teams
February 18, 2015


The 2015 Pennsylvania All State team has been announced by the PSSA Hall of Fame. Captains are Ken Darroch for the men's team. This is his 24th All State selection and 9th as captain.  Frank Little has the most captains selections with 12. Darroch remains tied with Emerson Bornman for the most men's team selections. Anna Mae Eberle of Pittsburgh leads all state shooters with 36 selections. Her last selection was in 2009.

For the second straight year the women's captain is Debbie Ohye Neilson. of Audobon, PA This is only her second year as a state resident and has been selected captain both years. 

James McMillen of Houston, PA was named captain of the Vet Team. This is his first all state selection. Sheldon Hostetter of Lebanon earned his 20th all state selection, this one for the Senior Vet team. Hew was selected captain for the fourth time, three in the vet category. Ian Fleming of Manor, PA is the Junior/Sub-Junior captain. His first as captain and his 4th overall team selection.





     

 

2015 Pennsylvania All Americans  
Oct. 26, 2015

Frank Pascoe
Captain
2015 Sub-Vet Captain
 

Debbie Ohye Neilson
Captain
   2015 Lady I Captain

The 2015 ATA All American Teams have been announced  and the Quaker State has 19 gunners who earned their way on to the teams. That is 3 less than last year. This brings the total of Pennsylvania All Americans to 513, third largest in the ATA. Pennsylvania led the nation in All American selections for the fifth year in a row with 22 selections. Illinois finished tied for first with 19.

Carolyn Elliott and Frank Little 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. David George (right) and Rhoda Wolf (left) each have 12. Mary Christopher has 11 while Frank Pascoe Ken Darroch and Stephanie Sandler 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.

2015 Pennsylvania All Americans

2015 Hall of Fame Inductions
2015 Trapshooter of the Year

HERB LAUVER & IAN DARROCH
TO BE HONORED ON JUNE 12TH

Herbert Lauver, a former Federal Rep, will be  inducted posthumously into the Pennsylvania Trapshooting HOF at the state shoot on June 19, 2015.... Ian Darroch will also be honored as the 2015 Pennsylvania Trapshooter of the Year on his 2014 shooting accomplishments.
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2014-2015 PSSA Southwestern Zone Shoot
West Penn Gun Club
September 20-21, 2014
OFFICIAL RESULTS

Andrew Zborovsky
Singles Champ.
Pat Sartoris
Ladies Handicap
Anna Mae Eberle
Ladies Doubles

The 2014-2015 PSSA Southwestern Zone shoot was held at the West Penn Gun Club. Only winners names were sent to this web site late with no scores and no entries for each event.

Andy Zborovsky of Trafford, PA won the singles title. Andrew won the PSSA Western Zone singles title back in 2008 and 2009. He also won the handicap and the HAA awards in 2008. Ian Fleming was the singles runner-up. Fleming won the title the two previous years. Tina Capatch of Trafford turned in the winning ladies score.

The handicap crown went to John Bwednsrdki of Washington, PA. The ladies award went to Patricia Sartoris of Latrobe. The doubles title went to John Sabatula of Uniontown, PA. PSSA legend and state Hall of Famer Anna Mae Eberle of Pittsburgh won the ladies doubles title.

The HAA award was won by Jerome Stefkovich of Avella. He was also the runner-up in the handicap championship.
Click here for results as received from West Penn.

2014-2015 PSSA Northwestern Zone Shoot
Bradford Gun Club
September 20-21, 2014
OFFICIAL RESULTS

 
Brandon Deal
Singles Champ.
Joe Pascoe
Open Singles
Frank Pascoe
HAA Champion

The 2014-2015 PSSA Northwestern Zone shoot, held at the Bradford Club in Bradford, had 154 total entries, down 33 shooters from last year.

Brandon Deal smashed a field high 198 16 yard targets to win the zone singles crown by three targets. Deal won last years doubles crown. Joe Pascoe won the open trophy with a 195. Frank Pascoe took the AA award with a 195 and Max Morbeto won the vet trophy with the same score. Anita Morgan took the ladies trophy. Dennis Spoon broke 196 to earn the Class A award. 53 shooters competed for the singles awards. 

Frank Pascoe broke a field high 96x100 to claim the doubles title. Morbeto won his second vet crown with a 94x100, the second high score in the event. 29 shooters took the line for the event.

Scott Holdren won the resident handicap title with 96x100 while Briana Collins won the open tile with a field high 97. Holdren last won the handicap crown in 2011 David Laux was resident runner-up, one target behind Holdren. Margie Woods claimed the ladies award. 39 shooters took the line for the handicap event.

Frank Pascoe won his 4th straight HAA title with 382x400 and Brandon Deal was runner-up, one target behind Pascoe. 

Complete Results

2014-2015 PSSA Northeastern Zone Shoot
Valley Gun Club
September 20-21, 2014
OFFICIAL RESULTS

Steve Huber
Four Awards
Robert Malmstedt
Four Awards
John Manetta II
Doubles Champ.

The 2014-2015 PSSA Northeastern Zone shoot, held under perfect weather at the Valley Gun Club in Elysburg, had 302 total entries, up 91 shooters from last year. That's a 43% increase from last year.

Ken Delong broke a field high 198 to win the zone singles award over 117 gunners while James Hoffman broke a 197 to claim the AA award. Susan Owens won the ladies award. The open title went to Bob Reedinger with a 196. 

John Manetta II took the doubles title with a field high 96. The ladies title went to Susan Owens

Aaron Hower IV turned in a field high 98 to take home the handicap title. Donald Weaver won the resident runner-up award with a 96. Robert Malmstedt broke a 97 to win the open award. The ladies award went to Irene Patterson with a 91x100.

Steve Huber won the resident HAA with 384x400 while Malmstedt won the open title with the same score. Both Huber and Malmstedt picked up four awards. 

Complete Results

2014 Westy Hogan's
September 5-7, 2014
OFFICIAL RESULTS


Harlan Campbell Jr.
Handicap, HAA and HOA titles

Elysburg, PA, Tuesday, Sept, 8, 2014: The 107th Westy Hogan's is now history. Shooting in perfect weather, 829 shooters faced the Star traps for the last time. Next year the PSSA will install all new PAT traps. Targets were up in all 5 events over last year.

Michael Lipetz of Kensington, CT broke 200 to secure the singles title. Greg Presson of Schwenksville and Mark Invidiato of Basking Ridge, NJ also turned in perfect scores. Michael Blaisdell of Keen, NH turned in the only perfect 100 to win the twin bird crown. Blaisdell owns this club. Harlan Campbell Jr. of Tribune, KS won the Handicap title with a 98 from 27 yards. Harlan is a 19 time All American and the current team captain. Paul Kozemko of Mountain Top, PA and Eugene Patrick of  Grassflat, PA also had 98's. Campbell also secured the HAA and also defended his HOA title. Debbie Ohye Neilson won her 9th Lady of America title while winning seven awards, including the Lady I HAA and HOA titles. She also won the Lady I doubles crown. Richard Shaffer of Windber and Kay Ohye tied for the Westy Hogan's Challenge with 193x200. Shaffer took the trophy by forfeit. Lisa Long won the Lady II HOA while Kim Bateman won the Lady II HAA. Christian Koerbler of Germansville, PA won six Sub-Junior awards while Ian Darroch of Aliquippa, PA won 6 Junior Gold titles. Flashback to the state shoot when Ian won 15 times.

After the singles championship on Saturday the PSSA held a reception for Chuck and Becky Fritzges. Chuck was the long time shoot manager for all the PSSA shoots at Elysburg. Becky was a PSSA cashier. Both had a combined 80+ years of service for the PSSA.  
More on the 2014 Westy Hogan's.
2014 Westy Hogan's Payout Sheet

Adam Stefkovich Wins Grand American Handicap
Donald Schaffer Runner-up
Bethany Breightner Lady I, third place.
OFFICIAL RESULTS

PENNSYLVANIANS FINISH 1 AND 2 IN
GRAND AMERICAN.
FIRST WIN IN 20 YEARS.

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Grand American Champion.

ATA and Trap/Field Photo

Thirty two year old Adam Stefkovich of Avella, PA, shooting from 18 yards, won the 2014 Grand American Handicap. He shot his first registered targets in 2013. Avella is a small community on the PA and OH border in southwestern Pennsylvania. Adam is a land contractor, constructing gas and oil pipelines.

Breaking a 100 straight, than another 50 straight in the two round shootoff over Charles Bickle of Southelgin, IL. Adam becomes the 7th Keystone state gunner to win the Grand American. He also broke a 99 in the doubles championship, finishing runner-up in Class B. Others Pennsylvania GAH champions were Bill Petras (1994), Jack Titus (1989), William Hazlett (1980), John Schenk (1948), L. H. Dana (1934) and Walter Beaver (1933) All were from western Pennsylvania with the exception of Beaver.

The event was held in all day rain, which dropped entries to a low 1,647, the lowest entry for the GAH since 1946. Last year 1,950 shooters took the line. Two years ago 2,178 shot in the event. The highest entry was back in 1999 when 5,000 shot the championship handicap at Vandalia.

The last time Pennsylvania shooters finished 1-2 in the Grand American was 1989 when Jack Titus won the big title and Frank Detelich finished second. The Titus-Detelich shoot-off went down as the most bizarre GAH shoot-off in history.

Grand American Runner-up.

PSSA Photo

Donald Schaffer Jr. of Newtown, PA finished runner-up in the 2014 Grand American Handicap. He is the 7th state shooter to claim the runner-up trophy. Schaffer broke a 98 over 13 other 98's. Several 99's went into their respective categories. He is fresh from his 200 straight while winning the Eastern Zone singles title in New York. Donald is a seven time All State shooter, including Junior Captain in 1987,1988 and 1989



Event 19 Crow Shooting Supply Handicap Champion.

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Bethany Breightner of Abbottstown, PA won the Event 19 "Crow Shooting Supply Handicap" with a 99x100 from 26 yards and a thrilling shoot-off over four other 99's, including George Cheponis of Pittsburgh, seven time All American David Shaeffer of Maryland and another 27 yarder Randy Ross, a three time All American from Ohio. 

Bethany also won the Class C third place award in the 1000 White Flyer Preliminary Days HOA. Add to that a 5th place Class C award in the Class Singles championship and 3rd place in the Lady I category in the Grand American Handicap with a 97x100. She ended the Grand on the 27 yard line. Back in 2013 Bethany also won the  Lady I state handicap title. 

NATIONAL TEAM RACE
FRIDAY AUGUST 8, 2014
COMBINED SCORES OF SINGLES, HANDICAP DOUBLES, EVENTS 7, 8, 9
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Team Pennsylvania Senior Vet Team.
867x900
National Champions

Mike Poore
281x300
Sheldon Hostetter
292x300
James Blevins
294x300

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Team Pennsylvania Lady II Team.
809x900
National Champions

Genevieve Davis
271x300
Peggy Carney
271x300
Jean McCord
267x300

42nd Pennsylvania Grand
Elysburg...July 4-5-6, 2014
OFFICIAL RESULTS

ROBERT MALMSTEDT WON HOA AND DOUBLES TITLES.


Robert Malmstedt

Elysburg, PA, July 6, 2014: Perfect shooting weather greeted 690 shooters from 16 states for the 42nd annual Pennsylvania Grand. The first shoot, held in 1973, has been a major mid-summer trapshooting classic for years. Attendance was up from last year in every event. 501 gunners went to the line in the singles championship.

Handicap 97's included Jim Drexel (NJ), Richard Hildenbrandt, Bath, Peter Frederiks of New Hope and Roger Herb of Hegins. Roger Herb was declared winner when apparent winner John Manning was removed from his title because of yardage discrepancies.

Robert Malmstedt of Somerville, NJ won the doubles and his second HOA title. Chris Vendel of Rochester, NY won  his second HAA with 390x400. Chris has now won 5 major PA Grand titles plus many lesser awards. Debbie Ohye Neilson also turned in a 390. Debbie also won the Independence Handicap on the first day plus the Lady I singles, handicap and doubles titles. The singles championship was won by Gregory Smith of Rhode Island with 200x200. Donald Neilson and Steve Huber also broke 200's.

Complete Story

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

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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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2015 PSSA Dates

PSSA Shoots at Elysburg

 Keystone Open: May 15-17, 2015
PSSA Colonial Classic: June 13-14, 2015 
PSSA State Shoot: June 15-21, 2015
PA Grand: July 3-5, 2015
ATA Eastern Zone: July 23-26, 2015
Westy Hogans: Sept. 11-13, 2015
PSSA Zone Shoots: 2015 PSSA

2015 Zone Shoots were
 held last September
Eastern Zone: May, 2016
Western Zone: May, 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
Requirements
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(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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Plus:
Shoot the HAA
at the 2015
PA State Shoot.
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by Richard Hamilton

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 46 years ago folks. Ohio has won 15 times, Illinois 14 times, Texas 8 and Penna. 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 Andy Long and Al Mullhaupt once flipped a coin to decide the PA Doubles title.

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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