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Help Needed 2016 Westy Hogans
September 9-11, 2016

Volunteers Needed

I am sure that we will need volunteer's again this year at the Westy Hogan. Please e-mail me if you are interested in helping? The PSSA will compensate you for your help as a volunteer or if you are interested in helping all 3 days as an employee?

Please contact me at or 717-867-4269, if you are interested?   Thank you and I look forward to seeing everyone at the shoot!

Skip Klinger

Final PSSA event of the year and
first event of the new target year.
SEPTEMBER 9-11, 2016

  2016 Grand American Handicap  
August  3-13, 2018
Sparta, IL

Debbie Neilson
18 Trophies
Luke Cowart
11 Trophies
Sheldon Hostetter
7 Trophies
Frank Pascoe
7 Trophies
Lisa Long
5 Trophies
Kim Bateman
4 Trophies
Donald Neilson Jr.
4 Trophies
Ian Recla
4 Trophies

Thirty One different shooters took home hardware from the 2016 Grand American. Debbie Ohye Neilson, Luke Cowart, Frank Pascoe, Lisa Long, Kim Bateman, Donald Neilson Jr., Ian Recla and Sheldon Hostetter led the haul of 94 state trophies. State gunners scored 117 trophies last year.

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AUG 10, 2016

Glenn Lash memorial on display in the Entry Building
at the Grand American.

AUG 10, 2016

April 8, 1956-August 10, 2016

Glenn Lash, Lowber, PA, has died while attending the annual State Delegates Meeting at the 2016 Grand American on August 10, 2016. Glenn led the state in handicap averages an incredible 7 times, finishing second 3 times. Glenn was also the high singles average shooter in the state in 1998 with a .9930 average, one of the highest singles average in state history. He was serving his 4th year as the PSSA delegate to the ATA, replacing Frank Pascoe in 2013. He earned 17 All State selections and was an All American in 1999. Glenn was selected the Pennsylvania Trapshooter of the Year in 1999 and was enshrined into the state Trapshooting Hall of Fame on June 17th, 2008. He was an official at the Ruffsdale Gun Club for many years.

Glenn was runner-up at the 1998 Grand American Singles Class Championship with a 200 straight. He won titles at the ATA Eastern Zone Shoot as well as Ohio, Virginia and West Virginia state shoots, along with many awards at the PSSA State and Western Zone Shoots as well as the many other shoots in western Pennsylvania. 

John Michael Lash, his 31 year old son, preceded him in death when he died in an automobile accident in July of last year. Glenn and his wife Dienna were married for 39 years. 
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Final PSSA event of the year and
first event of the new target year.
SEPTEMBER 9-11, 2016

ATA Eastern Zone Shoot
Cicero, NY
July 20-24, 2016

Stephen MacNeal
Jr. Singles
Steve Huber
Sub-Vet Singles

The annual ATA Eastern Zone shoot was held on the homegrounds of the NYSATA in Cicero, NY from July 20 to July 24th, 2016. Pennsylvania gunners came home with some impressive championship trophies.

Ian Darroch, Aliquippa, broke a field high 100x100 to win his second straight doubles title. Debbie Ohye Neilson, Audubon, won two major titles, winning the handicap crown with 99x100 and the HAA title with 392x400. Debbie also won the Lady 1 singles crown while Lisa Long, West Grove, won the Lady II singles award. Steve Huber, Orwigsburg, won the sub-vet singles award while Stephen MacNeal won the junior singles title.

The other two major titles went to Paul Shaw, Collingwood, Ontario with a perfect 200x200. The HOA title went to Justin Slater, Phelps, NY with 971x1000.

Pennsylvania Grand
July 1-3, 2016
Elysburg, PA

These two sub-juniors won 4 of the 5
main titles at the 2016 PA Grand.
Meghan Darrough (L) and Luke Cowart (R)

Elysburg , PA , July 3, 2016: The 44th PA Grand is now in the books. The three event opening day saw Chris Landon of Genoa, NY win the Independence Singles with 100 straight, the first of his two singles championships. He later broke a 200 to win the main Singles championship.  Terry Davis of Perkinsville, NY won the Independence Handicap with a field high 98x100. Justin Slater of Phelps, NY won the Independence Doubles with a 98.

Landon and Christian Koerbler of Germansville, PA and Lester Ott of Lock Haven broke 200's in the Singles championship on Saturday with Landon securing his singles title in a three way shoot-off. The Firecracker Handicap was won by Dawson Zadzora of Slatington, PA with a 97x100.

The third and final day saw sub-junior Luke Cowart win the Doubles crown with a 100 straight, after a tie with Donald Schaffer Jr. of Newtown, PA. The Handicap championship was won by another sub-junior, Meghan Darrough, of Drums, PA with a field high 99x100. Glenn Lash of Lowber, PA broke a 98 to finish second. Cowart also won the HAA and HOA titles. Cowart is also the state Singles champion.

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Pennsylvania State Shoot
June 11-19, 2016
Elysburg, PA



Christopher Vendel and Mark Polojac

Elysburg , PA , June 12, 2016: The 15th Colonial Classic was once again a spectacular success. The weather was not as cooperative as last year as the shooters shot under cloudy, mild conditions. But like the recent Keystone Open, high winds on both days made the White Flyer targets dance, up and down, low than high, Low scores littered the scoreboard. Attendance was down in all the events, probably because of the high winds.

Christopher Vendel, a Junior Gold gunner from Rochester,NY won the Colonial Classic Singles Championship with a 198x200, one target better than his dad Chris Vendel. He out shot David Bicknell of East Haven, CT. After a shoot-off, Bicknell settled for the AAA award. David also had a 198x200.

Raymond Hughes of Street, MD won the Debbie Ohye Neilson Handicap with a 99x100 from 23 yards. The Debbie Ohye Neilson Doubles title went to William Natcher of Ebensburg with a 99x100. David Shaeffer Jr. of Reisterstown, MD also broke a 99x100. Miko Lewis of Portage, PA won the Children's Miracle Handicap with a field high 96 from 20.5 yards. Mark Polojac of Clinton, PA won the Colonial Classic Doubles with a field high 97x100. Frank Pasco of New Castle led the HAA with a 386x400, three targets better than Chris Vendel. The Miracle Network Children’s Option was shared by Otto Carl and Raymond Hughes.


David Darrough and Jack Noftz

Elysburg, PA, June 14, 2016: David Darrough won Monday's Hall of Fame Handicap with a field high 96 from 23.5 yards. Jordan Smith followed that with 100x100 to win the Hall of Fame Singles and Darrough won his second straight handicap title of the day, the Media Handicap, with a field high 97 from his new yardage, 24.5 yards. 

Tuesday was Cabela's Day at the 2016 state shoot. John Federici of Harrisville, RI, won the 200 target Cabela's Doubles race with 195x200. Stuart Printz of Northampton won the Cabela's Handicap and junior shooter Jack Noftz from Pittsburgh, won the Cabela's Singles. Noftz also won the Preliminary Days HOA title with 656x700.


Donald Schaffer Jr. and Luke Cowart

Bob McBride

Elysburg, PA, June 19, 2016: The 125th Annual Pennsylvania State Shoot is now history. 1,946 shooters from 32 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, in use for the second straight year. The weather co-operated somewhat, with hot, humid days for the entire shoot, with some rain and wind sprinkled in to make things interesting. Entries were up from last year with 583 more entries than 2015. 

Championship week started on Wednesday with the Attorney General Day events. Donald Schaffer Jr. of Newtown, PA won the RIO Ammunition Singles, Stanley Borascius of Schnecksville took the RIO Ammunition Handicap and Donald Schaffer Jr. this years state doubles champion, won the RIO Ammunition Ammunition Doubles. Schaeffer and Luke Cowart shared the Attorney Generals Cup with 292x300 on the three combined events. Schaffer won 14 awards for the week. Cowart won the state singles title along with 19 trophies.

In the Singles Championship, sub-junior Luke Cowart and Donald Schaffer Jr. each broke 200 straight in the event, than went on to set a state record in shoot-off targets when Cowart broke another 200 to Schaffer's 199 to claim the crown. Both are 2016 ATA All Americans. Cowart is the first sub-junior to win the big title. Steve Miller, Eric Busa, Ian Darroch, Justin Slater, John Krksey and Jake Levin also broke 200's. 

Donald Schaffer Jr. also won the state Doubles and his second straight HOA title. Debbie Ohye Neilson became the first women to win the state HAA title. Debbie also won the state Singles title back in 2013. Bob McBride of Millville won the state Handicap title with a 99 from 18.5 yards. He won a shoot-off over Bill Wolfe of nearby Paxinos, who led most of the day with his 99x100. 

Frank Legdon of Colver, PA won the Krieghoff Challenge in a large shootoff between the randomly picked numbers of 2 and 4. To be eligible for the shootoff your final score had to end with a 2 or 4. Legdon had a 92 in the event. He was awarded a K-80 ACS Combo for a work.

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Past Krieghoff Challenge Winners

2016 State Shoot (Twelfth Year)
Frank Legdon, Colver, PA

2015 State Shoot (Eleventh Year)
Jacob Madkiff, Kutztown, PA

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

PSSA Eastern Zone Shoot
South End Gun Club
May 7-8, 2016

Jay Griesemer Terry Sliker Kelly Huber

Elysburg, May 31, 2016: The PSSA has received the names of the top winners of the of the PSSA Eastern Zone shoot held at the South End Gun Club on May 7th and 8th, 2016.  The singles championship was won by Stephen MacNeal. Terry Sliker won the doubles title while Mike Endy won the handicap. Jay Griesemer collected the HAA title on the 400 championship targets. Kelly Huber won the Ladies I singles and doubles awards. 

PSSA Western Zone Shoot
Ruffsdale Gun Club
May 7-8, 2016

Mark Polojac Adam Stefkovich Andy Zborovsky

Elysburg, May 26, 2016: The PSSA has received the names of the top winners of the of the PSSA Western Zone shoot held at Ruffsdale on May 7th and 8th, 2016. No other winners were made available to the PSSA web site. No scores were included. The singles championship was won by Andrew Zborovsky. Mark Polojac won the doubles title while Paul Kovac won the handicap. Adam Stefkovich (former Grand American Handicap Champion) collected the HAA title on the 400 championship targets. As of May 26th, South End Gun Club has turned in no scores from the PSSA Eastern Zone Shoot. 

PSSA Keystone Open
May 13-15, 2016

David Shaeffer Jr.
Singles Champion
Luke Cowart
Winner of 8 Trophies

Harlan Campbell
HAA, HOA Champ.

Stephen MacNeal
Handicap Champion

A weekend to remember or perhaps forget. Rain and wind on all three days of the 26th Keystone played havoc with the scores and the shooters, pullers and target loaders. Entries were well below average for this early season major PSSA tournament. Sunday was a nightmare. From sunny, to windy, to rain, to sleet along with a wind chill in the 30's, faced the shooters in the doubles and handicap championships. The scoreboard was riddled with scores in the 60's and 70's. Saturday was no better. The skies opened up with a downpour midway through the singles race along with 30-40 mph winds.

Harlan Campbell, All American from Tribune, KS, won the doubles title and the HAA and HOA crowns. He also won three other events. Harlan won the HOA and singles title last year, in much better weather.

Stephen MacNeal of Weatherly won the handicap title from 21.5 yards with 94. Leslie Slater of Phelps, NY also broke a 94 and settled for the Lady I title. Mario Fasano of New Haven CT also broke a 94 and took the Vet title. The winning 94 was the lowest winning handicap score since 1995 when the late Melvin Krepps won the same title, also with a 94.

All American David Shaeffer Jr. of Reisterstown, MD won the coveted singles trophy with 200 straight while Osker Reynolds of Monrova MD also turned in a perfect score and settled with the Class A trophy. David last won this title in 2007 and 2008.

The first day of the tournament, which saw scattered showers all day long saw Campbell winning the May Singles with 100 straight and the Shriners Handicap with a 97x100. Urban Womer of Skaneateles, NY won the May Doubles title with a perfect 100x100. 

Luke Cowart of Kennett Square won 8 sub-Junior trophies while Ken Darroch (sub-vet) of Aliquippa and Sheldon Hostetter (senior-vet) of Lebanon each won 6 category awards. All three are 2016 ATA All Americans.

Trapshooting USA
History of the PSSA

Richard Hamilton has written a 9000 word, three part "History of the PSSA" for the Trapshooting USA magazine. Part 1, the "Early Years" can be seen in the upcoming May-June edition of this outstanding trapshooting magazine. Part 2, the "Golden Age" will be in the July-August issue and the final part, the "Modern Era" can be seen in the September-October issue. The articles will have many never before seen photographs which will accompany each article.  

2016 PSSA Shoot Program
March 28, 2016

May 7-8, 2016 PSSA East Zone at Reading
May 7-8, 2016 PSSA Western Zone at Ruffsdale
May 13-15, 2016 Keystone Open
June 11-12, 2016 Colonial Classic
June 13-19, 2016 PA State Shoot
July 1-3, 2016 PA Grand
Sept. 9-11, 2016 Westy Hogan's

2016 Program
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Failure to Fire Rule
March 25, 2016

It has come to the attention of the ATA Executive Committee that clarification of the failure to fire rules, particularly for doubles events, may be needed.
Attached, you will find a clarification, with definitive examples, of the failure to fire rules with particular attention paid to doubles scenarios.
It is recommended that this clarification be posted at your club, and relayed to scorekeepers and trap line personnel for their interpretative use during ATA registered competition. The aspects of the Official ATA rules which define and address Failure to Fire situations will be clarified prior to the next printing of the rule book.
Thank you for your service to our sport and Association.

Lynn Gipson
Executive Director

2016 Failure to Fire

Kim Bateman and Debbie Ohye Neilson
Win Major Awards.
2015 T/F High Composite Average Awards.
December 13, 2015 


Elysburg, December 13, 2015: Kim Bateman of Slippery Rock and Debbie Ohye Neilson of Audobon each won a spot on the annual Trap/Field High Average listings. Debbie was second high in the Lady-1 category while Kim was second high in the Lady-2 category. The composite average is similar to the composite average used for our state team selections including singles, handicap and doubles averages. Stephanie Sandler was the last state shooter to make the list, back in 2011 and 2010. Kim's  composite was .9206 while Debbie had a .9532 composite. Both are members of the 2016 All State and All American teams.
List of All T/F Award Winners

 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 five 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. 

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.
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

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.

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Earned Yardage

2016 PSSA Major Champions
Elysburg, PA

Listed below are the major champions of the 2016 ATA shoots at Elysburg, including the Keystone Open, Colonial Classic, PA State Shoot, PA Grand, and the Westy Hogans.

Keystone Open Singles David Shaeffer Jr. 200
Keystone Open Handicap Stephen MacNeal 94
Keystone Open Doubles Harlan Campbell 99
Keystone Open HAA Harlan Campbell 385
Keystone Open HOA Harlan Campbell 781
Colonial Classic Singles Christopher Vendel 198
Colonial Classic Handicap Miko Lewis 96
Colonial Classic Doubles Mark Polojac 97
Colonial Classic HAA Frank Pascoe 386
Colonial Classic HOA No Event ...
PA State Singles Luke Cowart 200
PA State Handicap Robert McBride 99
PA State Doubles Donald Schaffer Jr. 98
PA State HAA Debbie Ohye Neilson 394
PA State HOA Donald Schaffer Jr. 1073
PA Grand Singles Chad Landon 200
PA Grand Handicap Meghan Darrough 99
PA Grand Doubles Luke Cowart 100
PA Grand HAA Luke Cowart 394
PA Grand HOA Luke Cowart 777
Westy Hogans Singles    
Westy Hogans Handicap    
Westy Hogans Doubles    
Westy Hogans HAA    
Westy Hogans HOA    

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
Shoot the HAA
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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