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Norry Gun Club
August 30-31 Shoot
CANCELLED

The Norry Gun Club in Northumberland has cancelled their August 30-31 two day shoot and it will not be rescheduled. 

Help Needed for Westy Hogans
September 5-7, 2014
Elysburg, PA

Elysburg, PA, Tuesday, August 22, 2014:  PSSA is again seeking scorers for the first and second days of the Westy Hogans on Friday, September 5 and possibly Saturday, September 6. Anyone interested in working as a scorer (or loader) that day should contact PSSA manager Chuck Fritzges at fritzges@ptd.net. or upon arrival at the shoot. People working all day will receive vouchers good for 300 targets at any PSSA Tournament.

Becky & Chuck Fritzges Retirement Reception
September 6, 2010

    

PSSA TO HOST A RETIREMENT RECEPTION FOR
BECKY AND CHUCK FRITZGES

Elysburg, PA, August 19: With over 80 years of combined service to the PSSA, Becky and Chuck Fritzges have announced their plans to retire. To appropriately recognize their many contributions to the PSSA the Executive Committee will host an open retirement reception on Saturday, September 6, 2014 during the Westy Hogans shoot. The reception, which will be held on the front porch, will begin immediately after Event 3 Ė Singles Championship is concluded and prior to the evenings shoot offs. Light refreshments will be served.  All shooters are welcome, so please plan on stopping by to congratulate Becky and Chuck on their upcoming retirement.

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

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.

PSSA Photo

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

Pennsylvania Trapshooting Hall of Fame

The PSSA web site has added a new feature. We now have pages devoted to the PA State Trapshooting Hall of Fame. Included are the HOF inductees, the inducted gun clubs, the PA Trapshooter of the Year, ATA Presidents and a section on state records.  Check here

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

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 124th Pennsylvania State Shoot
June 7-15, 2014
OFFICIAL RESULTS


Ian Darroch wins 15 Awards
State Doubles Champion

Elysburg, PA, June 16, 2014: Ian Darroch wins 15 trophies while father Ken Darroch wins 10 awards including his 12th HOA title. Brandon Deal wins 10 trophies including 4 championships. Christian Koerbler wins 10 sub-junior awards including sub-junior state titles in doubles and handicap. Adam Krzyzanowski carts away 10 titles including 4 outright championships.

Debbie Ohye Neilson wins 13 trophies including Lady I HAA and HOA. Jack Noftz of Pittsburgh won 13 sub-junior awards, including the sub-junior HOA and handicap titles while Ian Recla takes home 11 trophies, including junior HAA, HOA, singles and doubles titles. Jordon Smith of West Sunbury took home 9 trophies including Junior gold wins including Cabela's doubles, Cabela's handicap, HOF handicap, Media handicap and Preliminary Days HOA. John Spangler wins HAA with 386x400, while unknown Jacob Madkiff of Kutztown wins state singles with 199. Only three perfect 200's broke all week. Only one perfect doubles score. Jacob was field high among state residents. Brian Snyder of Milford new state handicap champion. Broke 99 from 19 yards to lead entire field of 829 shooters by two targets. 

Brandon Deal wins Brandon Deal Singles while Glenn Lash wins Glenn Lash Handicap. Nothing like winning your own event. Michael McDunn breaks 200 in two day Colonial Classic singles championship.

The state doubles championship was shot in a driving wind and rain storm. Any shooter that was able to shoot their 50 pair of doubles targets when the rain slowed down late in the event had a huge advantage. The entire shoot was not blessed with summer, sunny weather. Wind and rain and thunder storms played mayhem with most of the events. That being said, the Colonial Class was blessed with perfect weather. 
All Results

2015 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 ...................... .....
Colonial Classic Singles Michael McDunn 200
Colonial Classic Handicap Steve Hawkins 99
Colonial Classic Doubles Philip Criado 99
Colonial Classic HAA Krzyzanowski, Adam 391
Colonial Classic HOA No Event 99
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    
Westy Hogans Handicap    
Westy Hogans Doubles    
Westy Hogans HAA    
Westy Hogans HOA    

PSSA Southeastern Zone Date Change
South End Gun Club

Because of a scheduling conflict, the PSSA Southeastern Zone shoot at South End has been changed from September 20-21 to September 27-28, 2014.

2014 PSSA Keystone Open
March 16-18, 2014
OFFICIAL RESULTS

    
Justin Slater                   Joel Etchen

Elysburg, PA, May 19, 2014: After heavy rains canceled the first day of the Keystone Open, the weather somewhat improved over the final two days with very cloudy weather and very little sunshine. However, the entries were brisk and the tournament was an outstanding success. The singles championship went to Justin Slater of New York with a perfect 200 straight. David Shaeffer Jr. posted the only other 200 and won the AA award. The doubles crown went to Joel Etchen with a 98x200, Brad Heath of New York won the HAA with 386x400. The Handicap crown won by Donald Weaver of Lewisburg.
Complete Results

2014 PSSA Pre-Squadding
March 28, 2012

Elysburg, PA, March 28: Here are the pre-squadding forms for all the shoots at the PSSA home grounds in Elysburg. Upload the form from list below, print the form than take careful note of the attached instructions for each shoot as mailing dates for each shoot will vary. Fill out form carefully. Don't forget to include your check when returning your forms to the PSSA:

PSSA
Attention: Pre-Squadding
PO BOX 327
Elysburg, PA  17824. 

2014 PSSA Shoot Program.


Click PSSA logo for 2014 shoot program

The 2014 shoot schedules for the PSSA Elysburg
shoots plus the PSSA zone shoots are listed below.

May 16-18, 2014 Keystone Open
June 7-8, 2014 Colonial Classic
June 9-15, 2014 PA State Shoot
July 4-6, 2014 PA Grand
Sept. 5-7, 2014 Westy Hogans
Sept 20-21, 2014

PSSA Zone Shoots
Valley
Bradford
West Penn

Sept 27-28, 2014

PSSA Zone Shoot
South End

The PSSA Zone Shoots will be hosted South End, Valley, Bradford and West Penn. New York will host the 2014 ATA Eastern Zone shoot.
2014 Program
Directions to Homegrounds
Camping & Vendors

2014 PSSA All State Teams
February 7, 2014

OFFICIAL

The PSSA would like to announce their official 2014 All State Teams. This is the 42nd year the PSSA has honored the best shooters in Pennsylvania. Wilbur Ruhl retained his captain's position. He was Vet captain in 2013 and this year he is captain of the Senior Vet team. Frank Pascoe was selected captain of the menís team. It was his first captainís selection and his 18th over all selection. Debbie Ohye Neilson was named captain of the ladies' team. This was her first year competing as a Pennsylvania resident. Ian Recla was named Junior/Sub-Junior team captain. This was his 4th straight Junior/Sub-Junior selection. Three shooters, the late Stephen Ollock, Ken Darroch and Emerson Bornman were selected to the All State team for the 23rd time, a state record. Joel Etchen earned his 22nd team selection. State Hall of Famer Anna Mae Eberle has been selected to a state record 36 All State teams, last being selected in 2009. Lisa Long, a 2014 All American, earned her 20th selection. Sheldon Hostetter and Bruce Malone earned their 18th selection. Genevieve Davis was selected to her 18th Ladies' team. Her first selection's came in 1982, 32 years ago.
Official 2014 All State Teams

2013 PSSA High Average Winners
 January 6, 2014

Elysburg, PA, January 6, 2014. Debbie Ohye Neilson* broke PA Hall of Famer Sonya Miller's 13 year old Pennsylvania ladies high singles average of .9835, set in 2000, with her 2013 singles average of 9861.

Peggy Powers Hamilton* also set a state record. Her 2013 ladies handicap average of .9346 broke the 31 year old state record of .9835 set by PA Hall of Famer Catherine Moyer, Collegeville, set in 1982.


Brandon Deal
PA High Singles Average Leader
.9920

Pennsylvania Requirements
These average leaders are not necessarily the average leaders as published in the official Trap/Field average book. The official ATA average leaders are based on 2500 singles, 1500 handicap and 1000 doubles for men and 2000 singles, 1000 handicap and 500 doubles for women.

Men: 3000 singles, 2000 handicap and 1500 doubles. Women: 2000 singles, 1000 handicap and 500 doubles.

Singles

NAME TOWN TARG. AVE.
Brandon Deal Petrolia          3000 .9920
Debbie Ohye Neilson** Audubon 6600 .9861

Handicap

Glenn Lash Lowber 2800 .9321
Peggy Powers Hamilton** N Huntingdon 1300 .9346

Doubles

Joel Etchen Ligonier 2100 .9700
Debbie Ohye Neilson Audubon 5300 .9613

2014 Pennsylvania All Americans  
Nov. 7, 2014

Frank Little and Carolyn Elliott, both PA Hall of Famers, lead the state with 13 lifetime selections in Pennsylvania. Little was selected to 35 teams overall.
        

Photographs colorized from b/w to color by
Hamilton Web Design

Frank Pascoe
Captain
2014 Sub-Vet Captain
 
Debbie Ohye Neilson
Captain
2014 Lady I
Captain

The 2014 ATA All American Teams have been announced and the Quaker State has 22 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 494, third largest in the ATA. Pennsylvania led the nation in All American selections for the fourth year in a row with 22 selections. Illinois finished far behind with 17 selections.

Carolyn Elliott and Frank Little lead the state with 14 All American selections. Little was selected 38 times while living in three states as well as International team selections. David George (right) and Rhoda Wolf (left) have 12 each while Mary Christopher has 11 and 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. Stephanie Sandler has ten selections. Frank Pascoe, Ken Darroch and Harold Keiser each have 9 selections and Anna Mae Eberle and George Newmaster each have 8 selections.

2014 Pennsylvania All Americans

2015 PSSA State Team Requirements  
Nov. 7, 2014

SINGLES, HANDICAP AND DOUBLES

Sorry, I made a slight error on the initial posting of these changes. I should have indicated changes across the board. The PSSA and our HoF changed the requirements for next years All State Teams. The Men's Team will require only one change. Singles has been reduced to 2500.  2500, 2000, and 1500. The Ladies, Juniors, Senior Vets and Vets will remain the same, but the doubles requirement was increased to 1000. Ladies, Juniors, Senior Vets and Vets will be 2000, 1000 and 1000.

The team is based on high composite averages of the three trapshooting disciplines. The top twenty composite averages will make the 2015 men's team while the top 15 averages will make the Women's, Vet and Senior Vet teams. The Junior/Sub-Junior team will have 10 members. You must shoot the HAA at the state shoot. You must also meet all the target requirements. 

2015 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

(New requirements in red.)
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Plus:
Shoot the HAA
at the 2013
PA State Shoot.
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2014 PSSA & Zone Shoot Schedule

The 2014 shoot schedules for the PSSA Elysburg
shoots plus the PSSA zone shoots are listed below.

May 16-18, 2014 Keystone Open
June 7-8, 2014 Colonial Classic
June 9-15, 2014 PA State Shoot
July 4-6, 2014 PA Grand
Sept. 5-7, 2014 Westy Hogans
Sept 20-21, 2014

PSSA Zone Shoots
South End
Valley
Bradford
West Penn

The PSSA Zone Shoots will be hosted South End, Valley, Bradford and West Penn. New York will host the 2014 ATA Eastern Zone shoot.
Directions to Homegrounds
Camping & Vendors

2014 PSSA Southwest Zone Shoot
South End Gun Club
September 21-22, 2013

KayLynn Hamilton Brian Shyda Sheldon
Hostetter

Sheldon Hostetter broke a 197x200 to win the PSSA Southeastern Zone singles title. KayLynn Hamilton won the ladies award with a 194. Tammy van Blargan-Hensel was crowned handicap champion with 93x100. Hostetter also posted a 93.Lisa Long won the ladies award with an 89. Brian Shyda took the doubles title with 95 and Hamilton won the ladies award with 90. The HAA went to Hostetter with 382x400. Jay Griesemer took the open title. 

Complete Results

2014 PSSA Southwest Zone Shoot
Ruffsdale Gun Club
September 21-22, 2013

Ian Fleming Tim Scott Tina Capatch

Ian Fleming won the Southwestern Zone Singles title with a perfect 200 straight. That makes it three titles in a row. Last year his 194 won and the year before his 197 gave him his first title. His three straight zone singles titles is a state zone record, going back to the first zone shoots in 1965. The event attracted only 32 entries. Daria Smolinski won the ladies award. John DiFabio won the doubles title with a 92x100, his first major zone award while Tina Capatch was the high lady. The event attracted 51 entries. Capatch won the ladies handicap on Sunday, giving her two of the three ladies titles. Tim Scott broke a field high 96x100 from 22.5 won the distance handicap. Ninety four shooters toed the line for the handicap event. Alex Ohr won the HAA award, breaking 374x400.

Complete Results

2014 PSSA Northwest Zone Shoot
Bradford Gun Club
September 21-22, 2013

Scott Holdren Juniata Stephens Frank Pascoe

The 2014 PSSA Northwestern Zone shoot, held at the Bradford Club in Bradford, had 154 total entries, down 10 shooters from last year. Scott Holdren broke a 198x200 to snare the singles title and Nancy Peters won the ladies award. Brandon Deal broke a field high 98 to win the twin bird championship and Juniata Stephens won the ladies crown. Irvin Yockey, shooting from 19.5 yards, won the handicap event while Stevens won the ladies award. Frank Pascoe won his third straight HAA with 386x400 and Deal won the open HAA, six targets behind Pascoe.

Complete Results

2014 PSSA Northeast Zone Shoot
Valley Gun Club
September 21-22, 2013

Chris MacNeal Cody Davis James Lechleitner

The 2014 PSSA Northeastern Zone shoot, held at the Valley Gun Club in Elysburg, had 211 total entries, down 9 shooters from last year. Chris MacNeal broke a 197 to win the zone singles award while Irene Patterson won the ladies award. The open title went to Adam Krzyzanowski. Winning the handicap titles were Fred Williams with a 96x100 while Krzyzanowski led the field with a 98 to secure the open award. Beverly Shick broke a 92 to win the ladies title. Cody Davis took the doubles crown with a field high 96 with James Lechleitner broke a 93 to win the open title. Genevieve Davis (left) won the ladies with a 93. James Lechleitner took the HAA with a 380.

Complete Results

2013 Westy Hogans
September 6-8, 2013


Harlan Campbell Jr.
Singles, Doubles, HOA Champion


James Gontar, Northampton, PA
Handicap Champion

JAMES GONTAR BREAKS 100X100 FROM YARDAGE

Elysburg, PA, September 9, 2013: The 106th Westy Hogans was a huge success. ATA shooters from 19 states shot at 314,300 targets, up 51,100 targets from a year ago. Every event saw an increase in entries from last year. All three days supplied perfect shooting weather. Harlan Campbell, the ATA Hall of Famer and 18 time All American (including 7 captains selections) from Kansas, won three of the five major shooting events (singles, doubles, HOA) in the first Westy Hogans owned and run by the PSSA. After 105 years the old Westy Hogans industry group disbanded in January of this year. The HAA was secured by Robert Malmstedt of New Jersey. This was his 9th major Westy Hogans title, including his third HAA. He also won the Westy Hogans Challenge, his fourth. In a huge surprise, 18.5 yarder James Gontar of Northampton broke 100 straight to lead the field in the championship handicap Sunday afternoon. His 100 straight was the first at the Westy Hogans since 1952, 61 years ago. It is also only the second perfect score in Hogans history. In 1952 George Granger of Flemington, NJ broke the hundred at Asbury Park, NJ.

All Scores

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

 


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2014 PSSA Dates

PSSA Shoots at Elysburg

 Keystone Open: May 16-18, 2014
PSSA Colonial Classic: June 7-8, 2014 
PSSA State Shoot: June 9-15, 2014
PA Grand: July 4-6, 2014
ATA Eastern Zone: New York
Westy Hogans: Sept. 5-7, 2014
PSSA Zone Shoots: Sept. 20-21, 2014
Reading SE Zone: Sept. 27-28, 2014

Directions to Homegrounds

Camping & Vendors

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.

Directions to Homegrounds

Camping & Vendors



 



2015 All State
Requirements
-------------------------------

(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 2014
PA State Shoot.
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by Richard Hamilton

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 21Ĺ 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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