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ATA Eastern Zone
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This will be the
final year of the four zone shoot set-up that started in
2011. Next year the PSSA will go back to two Zones, The
Western and Eastern Zones.
Southwestern Shoot: Sept. 20-21, 2014 West
PSSA Northwestern Shoot: Sept. 20-21, 2014
PSSA Northeastern Shoot: Sept. 20-21, 2014 Valley
Gun and Country Club
PSSA Southwestern Shoot: Sept. 27-28, 2014 South
End Gun Club
Southeastern Zone Date Change
South End Gun Club
of a scheduling conflict, the PSSA Southeastern Zone
shoot at South End has been changed from September 20-21
to September 27-28, 2014.
September 5-7, 2014
Harlan Campbell Jr.
Handicap, HAA and HOA titles
PA, Tuesday, Sept, 8, 2014: The
107th Westy Hogans 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.
of Kensington, CT broke 200 to secure the singles title. Greg
of Schwenksville and Mark
of Basking Ridge, NJ also turned in perfect scores. Michael
of Keen, NH turned in the only perfect 100 to win the twin
bird crown. Blaisdell owns this club. Harlan
of Tribune, KS won the Handicap title with a 98 from 27
yards. Harlan is a 19 time All American and the current team
of Mountain Top, PA and Eugene
of Grassflat, PA also had 98's. Campbell also secured
the HAA and also defended his HOA title. Debbie
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.
of Windber and Kay
tied for the Westy Hogans Challenge with 193x200. Shaffer
took the trophy by forfeit.
won the Lady II HOA while Kim
won the Lady II HAA. Christian
of Germansville, PA won six Sub-Junior awards while Ian
Aliquippa, PA won 6 Junior Gold titles. Flashback to the
state shoot when Ian won 15 times.
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 Hogans.
"Sonny" Schaeffer died on August 22, 2014. He
lived in Tower City. Sonny was a member of the ATA and a
life member of the NRA. Sonny could be seen at all the trap
shoots at Elysburg for years. He loved trapshooting, fishing
and hunting. Sonny retired as
a heavy equipment operator with the New Cumberland Army
Depot. His wife "Sis" died in 2006.
writer met Sonny many years ago and once sold Sonny a
Perazzi MX-15 single barrel trap gun. He was a member of the
Hegins Gun Club. His brother Carey died two weeks after
Sonny passed away.
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
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.
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.
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.
FRIDAY AUGUST 8, 2014
COMBINED SCORES OF SINGLES, HANDICAP DOUBLES, EVENTS 7, 8, 9
Pennsylvania Senior Vet Team.
Pennsylvania Lady II Team.
Elysburg...July 4-5-6, 2014
MALMSTEDT WON HOA AND DOUBLES
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
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.
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.
124th Pennsylvania State Shoot
June 7-15, 2014
Ian Darroch wins 15 Awards
State Doubles Champion
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.
Ohye Neilson wins
13 trophies including Lady I HAA and HOA. Jack
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.
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
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.
PSSA Major Champions
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
March 16-18, 2014
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
All State Teams
February 7, 2014
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
retained his captain's position. He was Vet captain in 2013
and this year he is captain of the Senior Vet team. Frank
was selected captain of the menís team. It was his first
captainís selection and his 18th over all selection. Debbie
was named captain of the ladies' team. This was her first
year competing as a Pennsylvania resident. Ian
named Junior/Sub-Junior team captain. This was his 4th
straight Junior/Sub-Junior selection. Three shooters, the
were selected to the All State team for the 23rd time, a
state record. Joel
earned his 22nd team selection. State Hall of Famer Anna
has been selected to a state record 36 All State teams, last
being selected in 2009. Lisa
2014 All American, earned her 20th selection. Sheldon
earned their 18th selection. Genevieve
selected to her 18th Ladies' team. Her first selection's
came in 1982, 32 years ago. Official
2014 All State Teams
High Average Winners
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.
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
PA High Singles Average Leader
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.
3000 singles, 2000 handicap and 1500 doubles. Women:
2000 singles, 1000 handicap and 500 doubles.
Pennsylvania All Americans
Nov. 7, 2014
Little and Carolyn Elliott, both PA Hall of Famers,
lead the state with 13 lifetime selections in
Pennsylvania. Little was selected to 35 teams
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2014 Sub-Vet 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.
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
(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
Keiser each have 9 selections and Anna Mae Eberle and George
Newmaster each have 8 selections.
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.
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(New requirements in red.)
Shoot the HAA
at the 2014
PA State Shoot.
Southwest Zone Shoot
South End Gun Club
September 21-22, 2013
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.
Southwest Zone Shoot
Ruffsdale Gun Club
September 21-22, 2013
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.
Northwest Zone Shoot
Bradford Gun Club
September 21-22, 2013
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.
Northeast Zone Shoot
Valley Gun Club
September 21-22, 2013
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
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.
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
John Spangler, Irwin, PA
2009 State Shoot (Fifth
Allen Peed, Hughesville, MD
2008 State Shoot (Fourth
Larry Shade, Hamburg, PA
2007 State Shoot (Third
Devi Ruthod, Dillsburg, PA
2006 State Shoot (Second
Jacob Koons, Hegins, PA
2005 State Shoot (First Year)
Mike Johnson, Westfield, NY
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PSSA Dates PSSA
Shoots at Elysburg
Keystone Open: May
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
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Handicap & Doubles
Sr. Vets: 2000-1000-1000
Junior/Sub Jr: 2000-1000-1000
Shoot the HAA
at the 2014
PA State Shoot.
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.
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
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
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
That the first State Shoot was held in Williamsport
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
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
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
That the PSSA is the "father" of the Pennsylvania
Game Commission, organized as a committee of the PSSA in
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
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
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
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
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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