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Live Pigeon Trap
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A Note From
Pennsylvania State Shotgunning Asso.
May 29, 2017
Our PSSA website has long been lifted as first rate, cream of the crop, top notch …well, you get the idea. The PSSA website has been the premier trapshooting website in the United States and we have
Richard C. Hamilton to thank for that. In February of 1999, Richard started the website and we’ve never looked back. Routinely, Mr. Hamilton added something new. From historical information to little known fact to pictures from Dennis Spancake and Blue Dog Imaging - we could always be sure to find something interesting along with, of course, shoot results.
In addition to his longtime commitment to the PSSA website, Richard was the driving force behind our own Hall of Fame. As one of the premier state Halls of Fame, we can thank Richard for the room design, the acquisition of many artifacts, and the ongoing honoring of our finest inductees.
A top shooter, Richard has been named to the ATA Chairshooter All American Team four out of the past five years and has won more than won 44 major chairshooter titles in Pennsylvania, Maine, and the Eastern Zone. Richard now enjoys spending time on his farm in Fleetwood and at his antique shop at Renninger’s Antiques in Kutztown.
We are grateful for all that you have done, Richard, and we wish you well.
End Of The
June 1, 2017
from today, I have decided that now would be the best time
to retire my association as web master of this web site. I
conceived this site from the very beginning, back some 18
plus years ago. It is now time for "new blood" to
continue the information flowing from the Pennsylvania State
Shotgunning Association to the trapshooting community of
Pennsylvania and for that matter the entire ATA community.
Viewers from all over America, as well as the Keystone
State, continue to view this web site daily.
I wish to thank
the entire board of directors, especially Skip Klinger and
Chuck Fritzges, for their support through the years. All I
did was chronicle all the work they did. I take great pride
for what I accomplished with this web site but I take
greater pride in the Hall of Fame. which I started many
years ago. It is now in good hands.
May 19-21, 2017
Keystone Open is now in the books. Robert Malmstedt
of Somerville, NY won his second singles title on Saturday
with a 200 straight. Evan Wood also broke a 200
straight in the event. Justin Slater broke a field
high of 100x100 to win the doubles title. Justin is a two
time singles champion. Jordan Smith of West Sunbury
won the handicap crown, breaking a 96 from 25 yards. Eight
gunners turn in scores of 96x100. Luke Cowart won the
HAA while Kie Kababik won the HOA. Every event in the
tournament saw increased entries from last year.
PA Hall of
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testing for public safety and fostering amateur sports like
donations to the Pennsylvania Trapshooting Hall of Fame are
now tax deductable.
State Western Zone Shoot
West Penn Sportsmen's Club
May 6-7, 2017
May 10, 2017: The PSSA has received the names of
the top winners of the of the PSSA Western Zone shoot held
at the West Penn Sportsmen's Club on May 6th and 7th, 2017. The singles championship was won by
Brandon Deal. James
Johnston won the doubles title
while Timothy Scott won the handicap.
Jeff Fenton collected the HAA title on the 400 championship
State Eastern Zone Shoot
Valley Gun and Country Club
May 6-7, 2017
May 7, 2017: The PSSA has received the names of
the top winners of the of the PSSA Eastern Zone shoot held
at the Valley Gun and Country Club on May 6th and 7th, 2017. The singles championship was won by
Jon Zadzora. Donald
Feeg won the doubles title
while Jacob Koons won the handicap.
Larry Shade collected the HAA title on the 400 championship
Pennsylvania State Shotgunning Asso
2017 Official Program
here for the
2017 Pennsylvania State Shotgunning Association Official
PA, April 12, 2017: The
PSSA is in need of scorers for the 2017 shooting season. We
have 22 work days available for anyone over the age of 14
and you can work them all or pick your days. Scorers are
required to pay attention to detail, be dependable, along
with teamwork & communications skills. This is your
opportunity to participate and work at the largest State
Trapshooting Association in the country and earn some extra
spending money! You will find the work enjoyable and meet
folks from all over the United States, particularly from the
Please call Skip
Klinger, Executive Director at (717) 867-4269 with any
questions or if you are interested?
Pennsylvania All State Teams
April 13, 2017
December 14, 2016: The PSSA has announced their
2017 Pennsylvania All State Teams. Ian Recla is
captain of the men's team, Debbie Ohye Neilson captain
of the Ladies team, Phillip Criado captain of the Sr.
Vet team, Larry Shade captain of the Vet team and Luke
Cowart, captain of the Junior/Sub-Junior team.
Pennsylvania and National All Americans
April 13, 2017
Pennsylvania shooters earned spots on the 2017 ATA All
American teams. Three were named captains. Debbie
Ohye Neilson, captain of the Lady I team, Frank
Pascoe, captain of the Sub-Vet team and Luke
Cowart, captain of the Sub-Junior Team.
September 9-11, 2016
Singles, HAA, HOA
Second High Score
The 2016 Westy
Hogans is now history. The shoot, shot under perfect weather
conditions, saw increased entries for all 5 events. The
total entries were the highest since 2007.
now shooting in the junior class, bagged the Event
1 Class Singles (639 entries) with a perfect
100 straight. Debbie Ohye Neilson (100) and Donna
Natcher (99) turned in winning scores for the
Lady 1 and Lady 2 categories. Doug Divello, a 24
yarder from Malone, NY, won the Event
2 Preliminary Handicap (590
entries) with a field high 99x100. Neilson won
the coveted "Lady of America" crown, her eighth,
combining Events 1 and 2 with 194x200. Michele
Archambeault of Northboro, MA, was runner-up with
sunny skies greet the 658 singles entries. Brad Heath of
Binghamton, NY, won the Event 3
Singles Championship with a perfect 200. It
was his third major Westy Hogans title, having won the HOA
back in 2007 and last years doubles title. Brad would go on
to the the 2016 HAA and HOA
titles. Other perfect scores were turned by Luke Cowart,
Kennett Square, Lester Ott, Lock Haven, PA and Urban
Womer, Skaneateles, NY. Ohye and Natcher
repeated their wins from the day before in the two lady
day greeted the 405 entries in the Event
4 Doubles Championship. Harlan Campbell,
ten time All American Captain (22 selections) out of Tribune
KS, turned in a field high 100 straight to win his second
Hogans doubles title, last winning in 2013. Brad Heath won
the Class AAA award with 98. Event
5, Amerigo Pagliaroli Handicap Championship,
was won by Dave Bicknell, a 27 yarder from East
Haven, CT. Dave had a field high 97x100 over 557 entries.
Finishing one target behind was Frank Lorah Sr. of
Fleetwood, PA. Frank took the Sr. Vet title.
Gun & CC (East) and West Penn Sportsmen's (West)
Eastern Zone May 6-7, 2017
PSSA Western Zone May 6, 7, 2017
Keystone Open: May
PSSA Colonial Classic: June 10,11, 2017
PSSA State Shoot: June 12-18, 2017
PA Grand: June 30-July 2 2017
ATA Eastern Zone: July 27-30, 2017
Westy Hogans: Sept. 8-10, 2017
Grand American Handicap
August 3-13, 2018
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.
July 20-24, 2016
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
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.
July 1-3, 2016
These two sub-juniors won 4
of the 5
main titles at the 2016 PA Grand.
Meghan Darrough (L) and Luke Cowart (R)
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
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.
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.
June 11-19, 2016
Christopher Vendel and Mark
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.
a Junior Gold gunner from
won the Colonial Classic Singles Championship
with a 198x200, one target better than his dad Chris
Vendel. He out shot David
CT. After a shoot-off, Bicknell settled for the AAA award. David
also had a 198x200.
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.
also broke a 99x100. Miko
won the Children's Miracle Handicap with a field
high 96 from 20.5 yards. Mark
Polojac of Clinton,
won the Colonial Classic Doubles with a field high
97x100. Frank Pasco
led the HAA with a 386x400, three targets better than
The Miracle Network Children’s Option was
shared by Otto Carl and
David Darrough and Jack Noftz
PA, June 14, 2016: David
won Monday's Hall of Fame Handicap with a
field high 96 from 23.5 yards. Jordan
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,
was Cabela's Day at the 2016 state shoot. John
of Harrisville, RI, won the 200 target Cabela's
Doubles race with 195x200. Stuart
of Northampton won the Cabela's Handicap and
junior shooter Jack
from Pittsburgh, won the Cabela's Singles. Noftz
also won the Preliminary Days HOA title with
Schaffer Jr. and Luke Cowart
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.
week started on Wednesday with the Attorney General
Donald Schaffer Jr.
of Newtown, PA won the RIO Ammunition Singles,
of Schnecksville took the RIO Ammunition Handicap
Schaffer Jr. this
years state doubles champion, won the RIO Ammunition
Ammunition Doubles. Schaeffer
Attorney Generals Cup with 292x300 on the
three combined events. Schaffer
14 awards for the week.
won the state singles title along with 19 trophies.
the Singles Championship, sub-junior Luke
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
Schaffer Jr. also
won the state Doubles and his second straight HOA
became the first women to win the state HAA
title. Debbie also won the state Singles title back
in 2013. Bob
Millville won the state Handicap title with a
99 from 18.5 yards. He won a shoot-off over Bill
of nearby Paxinos, who led most of the day with his
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.
2016 State Shoot
Frank Legdon, Colver, PA
2015 State Shoot
Jacob Madkiff, Kutztown, PA
2014 State Shoot
Vitalino Vas, Farmingville, NY
2013 State Shoot
Randy Parson, Shippensburg, PA
2012 State Shoot
Stanley Solkowski, Burlington, CT
2011 State Shoot
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
Handicap & Doubles
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)
you know that a total of 9 PSSA shooters have achieved the
ATA Grand Slam. To see who, click
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.
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 48 years ago folks. Ohio has won 15
times, Illinois 14 times, Texas 8 and Pennsylvania and
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
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!!
South End Gun Club
Valley Gun & Country
North End Gun Club
Ashland Gun Club
Glen Rock Shooting Club
Quaker City Gun Club
Fayette Gun Club
Bradford Gun Club
West Penn Gun Club
Roxborough Gun Club