Ohio residents who also are members of the Amateur Trapshooting Association may submit to the Hall of Fame Board a possible inductee for consideration.
Submissions must be in writing and include the individual’s resume’ of qualifications and the inductee application cover sheet. (listed below). Entries must be addressed to the Hall of Fame Board Chairman, c/o OTSA Secretary Noreen Snively and postmarked by November 1.
QUALIFICATIONS AND SELECTION PROCESS
An inductee may be selected for one or both of the following: shooting ability and/or individual contributions to the sport. The candidate must be an Ohio native, spent most of his or her shooting career in Ohio, or made a major contribution to the sport as an Ohio resident.
Chairman– Martin Miller, OSTA Past President
President Douglas Gormley
SE Zone- Steve Corwin
NE Zone- Ron Arter
SW Zone- David Brusman Sr.
NW Zone- Don Cogan
2019 Hall of Fame Committee:
Chairman Douglas Gormley, OSTA Past President
President Robert Caplinger
SE Zone Steve Corwin
NE Zone Ron Arter
SW Zone Dave Brusman Sr.
NW Zone Don Cogan
Hall of Fame Members
*John T. Taylor
Richard D. Smith
*James N. Corbett
*Dale F. Millar
David Brusman Sr.
*Kathy Cherubini Laurisky
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2019 Hall of Fame Inductee Dean Townsend and 2018 Inductee, Ken Kamnikar
Cam Ranzau at the 2018 Induction ceremony, accepting for her father William Jaqua.
Foundation Chairman Dennis Filo and Cam Ranzau
2018 Inductee Ron Charniga
1995 Inductee Dave Berlet with wife Sandy, and 2016 Inductee & son Dirk Meckstroth
1990 Inductee John Sternberger, 1997 Inductee Brad Dysinger, 2010 Inductee Emerson Hoblit
Like many trapshooters, Dirk Meckstroth worked as a trap boy before blossoming into the highly regarded competitor he is today. In 1982 he began registered shooting and in his second year scored his first 100 in the Indiana State Shoot Singles Championship. Ten years later, he found himself standing on the 27-yard line.
Winning is a family affair, however. Dirk and his father, Dave Berlet, won the parent/child category 16 times at the Ohio State Tournament and four times at the Grand American. As a Junior, Dirk earned a spot on the All-Ohio Team and made the men’s team for 20 years.
He has amassed more than 16 Ohio state honors, including winning the Singles AA Championship with a 199 x 200 and the Singles Class Championship AA with 200 x 200 in 2014.
Dirk also has won honors in Indiana and Michigan, breaking his first 200 in the Singles Championship AA at the ARA Central Zone Shoot in Michigan. His accomplishments also include winning trophies at the Grand American. In 2003, he posted a 200 x200 to win class AAA in the Beretta Clay Target Championship. Dirk is a 27-yard, AAA shooter.
Singles: 94,800 | Doubles: 56,350 |Handicap: 86,050
David won numerous honors during his trapshooting career, earning his place as a AA 27AA shooter in 1990. He was the 118th shooter to achieve the Grand Slam in 1992. David’s average from 1990 to 2000 earned him 10 consecutive years on the All-Ohio Team. In 1996, he was Ohio’s Grandest Shooter, sharing the honors with Pat McCarthy, Both men scored a 395 x 400.
Like many of the Hall of Fame inductees, Dave enjoyed a variety of interests and was a man of many talents. He was an excellent cook who hosted gourmet wild game cookouts during the shoots. He also loved to fish and hunt. When Dave was not on the trap line or wetting a line, he relaxed in his garden or with a pool stick in his hand.
62,750 Singles | Doubles 0,450 Handicap
With Ohio’s long history of great trapshooters, leaving P.O. Harbage out of the mix would be an injustice. The West Jefferson shooter was dominant throughout his shooting career. Harbage enjoyed much of his success from the 1930s to the 1950s. Winning the Grand American Clay Target Championship in 1939 was among his most cherished highlights. In 1948, he again proved a real contender for the win and finished a close second.
The Ohio State Shoot seemed to bring out the best in Harbage, who amassed five OSTA Championships in his shooting campaign. His first was a victory in the 1932 Ohio Handicap Championship, which he later followed by winning the Singles Championship in 1940. 1951 was Harbage’s best outing at the state tournament, where he claimed victorious in both the Doubles Championship and High All Around. His final Ohio trophy was the High All Around title in 1953.
With his shooting skills and love for the game, the Harbage’s was instantly recognizable not only in Ohio but also nationwide. On three occasions, he was selected to the All-American in 1939, 1949 and 1952.
Emory Moyer refused to let infantile paralysis make him an invalid. At the age of 4, polio paralyzed him below the waist. After therapy and surgeries, his right leg completely stiffened and he gained some mobility in his left leg with the aid of crutches and a brace. In 1939, despite his handicap, he pitched high school baseball by sitting on the mound and compiled a 17- 2 record. He became a star hard ball pitcher on one of Cleveland’s senior amateur clubs exhibiting an uncanny control of the ball. He even attempted bowling and golf in the sitting position. But once he took up trapshooting, it only took him 10 years to discover he could really excel in this sport. Emory Moyer was probably the 1st man in sports history to make All-American status on crutches. This building supply salesman served as President of the O.S.T.A. in 1966 after a full term as Southwest Zone Director. He made the Zone Team 12 times, All-Ohio Team 3 times, and State All-Around Champion 4 times. But beyond the list of his numerous singles and handicap championships, the thing he might be remembered for the most, is his example to all of us. His determination, his love of the sport, and his desire to excel in spite of the limitations he faced, were the hallmarks of his career.
In Southeast Ohio, Charlie is somewhat of a local legend. His friends were many as he was well known for his friendly ways and his willingness to offer helpful tips to shooters, young and old. However, Charlie’s notoriety went far beyond state lines, especially when it came to his specialty, the doubles event.
He was an All-American in 1974, won numerous Grand American events, and was a regular in the winner’s circle at the Southern Grand and various state shoots from 1960 to 1980. His shooting highlights include winning the Ohio Singles Championship in 1971, and the All-Around State Champion and Doubles High Gun resident in 1972. In 1973, Charlie was the Ohio Doubles Champion and the 16-yard High Gun. He won the Virginia State Shoot Doubles in 1974. At the 1976 Tri-State Shoot, Charlie won the Singles AA Class. That same year, he also won the Ohio State Doubles Open High Gun as well as the West Virginia Doubles Open High Gun Championship. In 1979, Charlie was the Ohio State Class AA Champion. Mr. Pidcock was honored on the All-Ohio Team seven times from 1972 to 1979 and served as Captain in 1977.
In 1972 after returning from serving his country in the Coast Guard, Mike was anxious to get back to hunting, in particular, pheasants. He found the birds were no longer as plentiful as they had been so he wasn’t doing much shooting. He decided to try trapshooting because you really got to pull the trigger and after winning a Calcutta for $80.00, he found you could make a few bucks as well!
Mike’s biggest inspiration in trapshooting was his friend, Frank Little. After they met, they became fishing buddies as well as often shooting together. Mike was a student in one of his early videos. Frank was always offering shooting tips even when he was running 100 straight in a handicap race in Michigan. Mike recalls that Frank stopped to whisper to him, “Don’t move your gun until you see the target.”
Mike’s list of shooting accomplishments is quite impressive. He has stood on the 27 yard-line since 1976. One of the best memories of his shooting career is of winning the Grand American Leo Harrison Doubles Championship in 1991 when he beat Leo in a shoot-off after running another 80 or so targets in overtime. He is also particularly proud of winning the Ohio State Singles Championship in 2007. As a Veteran category shooter, Mike is one tough competitor. His advice to himself as well as to others, “It’s a self-analysis thing.”
Sue has been a part of the Ohio trapshooting scene for most of her life. Sue and her beloved husband Aden, operated the Great Eastern Gun Club for 28 years from 1976-2004. It was often a family affair with her mother Jackie and step father Mac Krabill usually on hand as well. She served on the Ohio State Trapshooting Association Board of Directors for 6 years, representing the shooters of the NE Zone and continued serving an additional 4 years as the Director of Youth Shooting. Sue was instrumental in helping the O.S.T.A. make the difficult and swift move from Vandalia to the Cardinal Center. She put in long hours to be sure the Cardinal Shooting facility would be ready for its first State Shoot. She did whatever job needed to be done, even painting trap houses! Sue worked in the office at the Cardinal Center from the time it opened in 2006 until her retirement in 2012. It was Sue Kaufman who named our home grounds “The Cardinal Shooting Center.” Although Sue is a life member of the A.T.A., she found that she preferred to be behind the counter at he shoots instead of behind the gun. She did win the Ladies Ohio Handicap Championship in 1985 in Vandalia. Her dedication to the shooters, her love of the sport and especially her commitment to the SCTP youth program, will never be forgotten.
Was a member of both the National Trapshooting Hall of Fame and the Ohio State Trapshooting Hall of Fame.
Won more Grand American championships than any other person in the first 75 years of the event. Made All American 21 times and captain 5 times.
Broke 59 perfect 200’s and nine were in the same year. Shares the North American Doubles Championship top spot 4 times, and has captured the High-Over-All an unprecedented 7 times.
Won the Marshall Marathon 5 times and holds the record of 465 straight before he missed one out of the 500. The Marshall Marathon was an annual event that took place in Yorklyn, Delaware. It was the country’s first 500 bird registered 16-yard marathon-a five day tournament.
During World War II, Hiestand served as a training officer for the U.S. Army Air Corps, teaching target shooting to aerial gunners.
He was a two term Highland County commissioner before being elected to the House of Representatives.
“He was such a great competitor all of his life,” said his daughter-in-law Helen Hiestand. “He played golf well into his 90’s.”
Joe Hiestand is being inducted into the Highland County Athletic Hall of Fame because he was arguably the greatest trapshooter of all time. But he was much more than that. In a lifetime that spanned 97 years, Hiestand also found success as a politician, farmer, trapper, hunter, golfer, bowler, pilot, military instructor and even an entrepreneur.
It all started on the family farm off U.S. Route 50 at the western edge of Hillsboro when Hiestand was 8 years old. His father gave him a pellet gun and he started dropping sparrows.
By the time he was done shooting, Hiestand had amassed 20 North American Trapshooting championships and 33 American Trapshooting Association state crowns.
“Dad’s brother Paul was also a great shot,” Joe’s son, Ed Hiestand, said this week. “In fact, dad said Paul might have been a better shot. But dad had something that Paul didn’t. In the clutch, Paul would kind freeze up, where with dad, the pressure didn’t phase him.
“He’s a good example that if you have responsibilities when you’re young and see them through and you’re successful, it pays off later in life.”
Often, Ed said, Joe and his father and brother would take the dogs, hop on a train in Hillsboro, ride 12 miles out and hunt all the way back. By the time Joe was 12, he had a .22 and soon thereafter he started running traps lines.
“He ran about 25 traps a day,” Ed said. “By the end of the eighth grade had $400 worth of pelts and I think back then that was enough to buy a car.”
Joe was 17 when a Richard Ruble, later the president of Delta Airlines, took him to his first trap shoot in Danville. It cost 25 cents to enter and Joe won the grand prize turkey in a shoot-off.
Joe also worked on the family farm when he was young. One day in 1927, Joe’s father said the farm wasn’t making enough money. So, Joe put up $1,200 to bid on a state highway mowing project and eventually won a $21,000 contract, mowing all the state highways in Highland County with horse teams.
It wasn’t long after that when Joe hit the trap shooting circuit, traveling nationwide.
He started winning major championships in 1931, and 41 years later, while competing in his first Grand American as a veteran, he captured three trophies in the over-65 age group, including the high-over-allll.
Joe has been named to 21 Sports Afield All-America men’s trap teams, serving as captain from 1934-36, 1938 and later in 1947-49. He won more Grand American championships than any other person in the history of the event. He led North American Clay Target competition with five wins, shared the doubles championship top spot with Hall of Famer Mercer Tennille at four apiece, and captured the high-over-all an unprecedented seven times. From 1934 through 1936, he won the Jim Day Cup, forerunner to the All-Around. High-over-all honors were captured by Joe in ’34, ’36 ’38, ’46, ’49 and ’56. The record 977×1,000 he set in 1949 was tied twice, but not broken until 1964.
The Clay Target Championship was Hiestand’s in 1935, ’36, ’38, ’44 and ’60. The four-time doubles champion won the champion of champions honors in 1947 and 1949, and he teamed to win the brother-brother crown in 1955. Until 1972, Hiestand held the record number of 19 perfect 200s at Vandalia, where the North American Trapshooting Championships where held through 2005 before moving to Sparta, Ill.
At the 1938 Grand, Joe established a long run record of 966 registered singles and an unregistered run of 1,191, including practice and shootoff targets. After the Grand, he completed his registered run at 1,179 and finished with an unregistered string of 1,404. Those runs were not broken until 1959.
Of Joe’s 33 ATA championships, and all but one (the all-around in 1945 in Florida) were won in Ohio. He captured eight 16-yard crowns from 1931-59, three of which were with 200 straights (1937, 1939 and 1949). Until 1955, he was the only person to have accomplished such a feat. He won the Buckeye doubles 12 times and the all-around the same number.
Joe broke 59 perfect 200s in his career, nine of which were recorded in one year in the middle 1930s. His .9298 on 2,650 handicap targets led ATA yearly averages in 1935, and he headed twin-bird averages in 1941 with .9457 and two years later with an even 94 percent. Joe broke 98.7 percent of 3,000 singles targets to lead in 1942, his .9879 on 3,400 clays was tops in 1947, and he paced the 1950 standings with .9895 on 2,000 birds.
Joe was also accomplished in live pigeon shooting and made a trip to Monte Carlo in the 1950s as part of a U.S. trapshooting team. Joe was the captain of the team that won the world championship and, according to Ed, he still holds the record for hitting 58 consecutive live targets without a miss.
One of the stories from the Monte Carlo trip, Ed said, is that his father and mother – longtime Hillsboro teacher Mary Hiestand – were at a dance where Mary ended up matched with some smallish guy she didn’t know. She later found out the man was Aristotle Onasis.
In 1964, Joe won the Hillsboro Elks individual golf title, finishing runner-up the following year. He was also runner-up several years at the Snow Hill Country Club near New Vienna. Later in life, Ed said, Joe could shoot below his age. He quit golfing in 1973 after suffering a heart attack while golfing at Snow Hill.
In 1947, Joe was invited to what Ed said was the National Celebrities Golf Tournament in Washington, D.C. where he captained a four-some that included Olympian Jim Thorpe. The four-some in front of them included Bob Hope.
Joe also bowled. “I know he completed in it and was really good at it,” Ed said.
During World War II, Joe, also a pilot, was stationed in Florida as a gunnery instructor. Ed said Joe and some of his shooting buddies were assigned to teach young aerial gunners how to shoot at moving targets.
Joe completed 18 years of government service, the first 13 as a Highland County commissioner and the last five as a state representative.
It was the family farm, though, where Ed said his dad was most comfortable.
In later years, before Joe passed away in 2004, Ed said he was able to fly, campaign and travel with his dad. But he also said he’ll never forget the trapshooting days.
“It was kind of neat because Vandalia was kind of close and we got to go over the there and meet a lot of people involved in that industry, and they came to the farm a lot, too,” Ed said. “Dad was always champion in my eyes.”
13 straight All-American teams including Captain in 1962
1961 set two records .9936 singles average (highest in history on 2500 targets or more but shot at 3800)
4th in history to win both the All-Around and the High –Over-All the same year at the Grand
Set a record in 1961 with a 325-bird shoot off after perfect 200 straight in the Clay Target Championship
Set a record in 1958 shooting off 300 after 100 straight in the program with the most shot off in a single day
From 1958 to 1966 he registered five 100straights in doubles sharing a record with Dan Orlich
In the three years from 1958 to 1960, he won eight straight 500-bird marathons. One tied the record with a 499
In 1960, 1961 and 1963, he ran more than 700 straight from the 16 yard line each year. With his longest run 784 that last year.
From 1952 – 1973 he registered 128 perfect 100’s and 7 perfect 200’s
In 1956, at the age of 18, Sternberger became the youngest shooter in history to reach the 27-yard line. He was the First shooter from Ohio and the 17th in ATA history to move to the maximum yardage.
Bob and Roger Clyne
Clyne Bros. Inc., a family gun club supply business, invented and marketed the Clyne Electric Puller, which converted the cocking and release lever mechanism on trap machines from manual to electric operation. Without question, the invention revolutionized our sport.
The Clyne brothers made it possible for one person to both score and pull because the trap was released by pressing a button. This saved gun clubs time and money, and shooters began breaking better scores because their pulls were more consistent. Prior to the electric puller, traps were cocked and released manually by strenuously pulling and pushing a pipe that ran from the trap to a pull station behind the shooter.
R.E. (Bob) Clyne began registering targets in 1941. He was an ATA life member and served as a scribe for the Okoboji Indians. Aside from his job as a master machinist, Bob ran a hog farm, managed two restaurants in the Troy, Ohio area and managed the famed Camp Troy Gun Club from the mid 1940s to 1958. Under Bob’s leadership, the club became known for its night shoots during the Grand American.
To help support the trap business, brother Roger worked at Aeroproducts in Vandalia, and his wife handled the office work at their machine shop.
Robert died in 1983 and Roger not long after in 1988. Both always will be known for changing the face of trapshooting.
Bob Clyne — 1941 to 1983
Singles: 108,025 | Doubles: 2,330 | Handicap: 39,400
Roger Clyne — 1948 to 1961
Singles: 23,125 | Handicap: 12,450
Rolla O. Heikes
Rolla “Pop” Heikes was born on a farm near Dayton on Christmas day in 1856. In July 1880, he broke his first 100 straight in clay targets (remarkable at that time) and later went on to become one of the most widely known shooters in the country. While living in Utah and owning a cattle ranch, he enjoyed hunting game large and small. The Ute Indians christened him “White Chief” because he was extremely accurate with rifles and shotguns. After selling his ranch, Rolla returned to Dayton and married. He became a shooting pro in 1886 and won many championships in live birds and clay targets. Rolla was the only professional shooter to win the Grand American Handicap, as it was closed to professionals after the first year. In 1901, he traveled to Europe as a member of the American team that “invaded” England, Scotland and Ireland and won everything in sight from competitors “across the pond. At one time, Rolla held more records than any other living shooter, including a breaking 100 flying targets in 2 minutes 58 seconds Rolla was known as the “Daddy of Them All “. In 1885, he took a position with LeFever Gun Co., becoming the first man to ever placed on the professional list as an exclusive shooter. He attended 25 Grand Americans and shot for 55 years. He died in Detroit on Sep. 23, 1934 at the age of 78.
Willis “Willie” Anderson
Willie Anderson began his trapshooting career by attending local turkey shoots with his father. In 1957 Willie joined the ATA and registered his first targets. A few year later e purchased a lifetime membership in the ATA for $50.00 and he has not stopped shooting trap since. As you can imagine in a shooting career spanning 55 years and counting. Willie has won trophies too numerous to list. Some of Willie’s more memorable trophies from the Grand American include. 3rd Place in the 1962 Grand American Handicap, AA Winner of the 1975 Dayton Homecoming and the only shooter to break all the preliminary singles targets at the 1975 Grand, Class B runner-up in the 1976 G.A Doubles Class Championship, Champion of Champion of the 2008 Remington Nitro 27 Handicap. Willie has been on the ATA All American Team 4 times as a Senior Veteran. He was a member of the 1966 All Ohio Men’s Team as well as several times on the All Ohio Veteran and Senior Veteran teams Wilies’s commitment to the sport of registered trapshooting is evidenced by his impressive lifetime targets totals.
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As a young boy, Dave began shooting when his father would give him and his brothers, his leftover shells from a Calcutta shoot. It always was, and still is, a family tradition. Dave wanted his own two sons to work on earning a trapshooting scholarship, so he began coaching them and that was the spark that started his commitment to SCTP. He is a man who truly believes in giving back to the trapshooting community and shows it in his dedication to the development of young trapshooters. When coaching, Dave stresses safety as well as technique, but he also teaches the young shooters to be responsible. He has done wonders for the growth of the sport for future generations. Dave’s dedication to the SCTP program has produced some amazing results in the youth shooting program. His long hours spent coaching, as well as serving as a Southwest Zone Director, an O.S.T.A. Vice President (2014) and President (2015), are testament to his love of the sport and the Ohio shooters.
Dave followed in the footsteps of Sue Kaufman when he took on the position as Youth Director for the O.S.T.A. He really “took the ball and ran with it!” As a coach, his kids continue to impress at local and national competitions. As a person, well, let’s just say we could use a lot more like Dave in this world.
One word describes former OSTA trapshooting member George Wagner: dedication. Throughout a career that amassed 118,775 singles targets, George enjoyed some success at the Ohio State Trapshooting Tournament. His first title was the 1944 Singles Championship, following that 10 years later with the High All Around title.
A strong supporter of the Ohio State Trapshooting Association, George served as board secretary/treasurer for an amazing 21 years. While volunteering, he also cashiered state shoots during the Great Depression, doing so without receiving monetary compensation in return.
George worked to promote the sport of trapshooting, even when times were downright dismal. His devotion to the game, both on and off the range, is second to none. George truly helped lay the foundation for what we have today.
Pat McCarthy started shooting registered targets in 1982 and just five years later he was named to the All-American Team. Including 1998, McCarthy has been selected to 10 teams during his career.
Pat has captured over 11 Grand American trophies, including Class AA Champion in the Class Doubles Championship at the 1993 tournament, both with 100. In addition, he has won runner-up and third-place trophies in the Trap & Field Handicap, finished 7th and 14th in the Budweiser Handicap and was 11th in the President’s Handicap.
During the 1986 Ohio State Shoot, McCarthy achieved his Grand Slam with his first 200 in Singles in the Class Singles and 100 from the 27-yard line in the Buckeye Handicap the same day. His career includes 39 200×200 in Singles, 36 100’s in Doubles and three 100’s from the 27-yard line.
Pat has won six Ohio State Championships. In 1988, he earned the Handicap and Doubles Crown and was again the Twin-Bird Champ in 1992. McCarthy captured the 1995 Singles and All-Around titles, and collected his third Doubles Crown in 1997.
In addition, Pat has garnered trophies at the Spring, Southern, Dixie, Great Lakes and Northeastern Satellite Grands. His 14 awards include three Doubles Championships and one All-Around Title.
In Central Zone competition, McCarthy won the 1990 Handicap and All-Around Titles, and added the Doubles and All-Around Crowns in 1997.
Albert R. Wells
“Bert” registered his first targets in 1965 at the age of 28. This was the beginning of a lifelong love affair with the sport of trapshooting. During the next three Bert spent every free minute at the Middletown Sportsmen’s Club, and was hired as the full time resident manager in November 1968. Bert “live and breathed” trapshooting as the club manager for the next 23 years, along with his wife Charlotte and daughters Sherry and Patty. Bert won several Grand American trophies as well as multiple State shoot trophies over the years. His clam to fame and greatest contribution in trapshooting was his never-ending promotion of the sport. His relentless recruitment of people from all walks of life resulted in the untold hundreds of men, women, and children becoming active participants in trapshooting. Bert never met a person he didn’t like.
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MERLE V. DECKER JR.
Merle began shooting registered targets in 1968 at the Winchester Gun Club in Findlay, now known as Jaqua’s. He has won numerous awards and tournaments and achieved his Grand Slam in 1993 at Great Eastern Gun Club when he broke 100 straight from the 27 yard-line. Merle has shot on three 500×500 squads- one at the 1992 Ohio State Shoot, one at the 1993 Grand American, and one at Jaqua’s.
In the past few years, Merle has enjoyed being an instructor in the proper techniques of trapshooting. He has worked with young shooters at the Rogers Lake Trap Club in Sycamore and the Malinta Trap Club in Malinta.
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Drew Waller won the first ofhis 13 Grand American trophies in 1979, three years after he first fired at ATA targets. He finished fifth in AA in the Class Singles that year with 200 plus 100 in shootoffand 99 in carryover. Waller netted four awards with 200’s in the Clay Target Championship at the Grafl:d. Between 1985 and ’96, he placed third three times, and in 1990 he was a member of the squad that shared State Team honors.
In Grand Handicap competition, Waller won the championship in the 1994 Vandalia race with 100, was runner-up in the ’81 George McCarty contest, and ended 13th in the 1999 GAH. Other Grand trophies include second in the ’86 HOA.
Among Waller’s five Northeastern Grand awards were the 1987 Singles title and the ’94 All-Around Crown. He also captured the 16-yard championship at the ’85 Spring Grand and won a long-yardage prize at the ’95 Great Lakes Grand. Waller has earned three ATA Central Zone titles: the Singles in 1982, plus the Doubles and All-Around in 1985.
In state competition, Waller has amassed more than 40 awards. He captured the first of
his six Ohio championships in 1982, when he won the Doubles with a record-setting 100, plus 20 extras. Since ’86 he has won one All-Around, two Doubles and two Singles titles.
Between 1983 and 1995, Waller was named to six men’s All-American teams. In 1981 he won the men’s third-place Trap & Field All-Around Average Award with .9618, and the following year he finished fourth with .9678. At the end of the 1999 target year, Waller had registered 80,950 Singles, 81,350 Handicap and 54,100 Doubles targets.
Laura Mote Christopher
Laura Mote Christopher began shooting registered targets in 1959, and attended her first Grand American in 1962. One year later, she was to win the North American Clay Target Championshop. Shew was 15 and the youngest to win the trophy. Laura was the 5th woman to ever break 200×200 and won All-Around Awards in 1969 and 1970. She was a Women’s Second Team All-American in 1967 and 1977. First Team All-American member in 1964, ’68, ’69, ’70, ’71, ’72, ’73, ’75 and ’76.
Mrs. Mote-Christopher won 12 Grand American trophies, including the Clay Target and Women’s Champion of Champions in 1970 and 1977, and then High All-Around in 1975. Laura was won numerous trophies at the Ohio State Tournament as well as in Indiana. Michigan, and at the golden West Grand. She was on the All-Ohio State Team eight times. She set a record, still in existence today. when she won Women’s Singles Championship at the Ohio State Shoot 11 times between 1968 and 1983.
CHARLES A. BOGERT
One could easily write a book about Charles “Pink” Bogert. He was a sporting goods dealer, owned a jewelry store and a bowling alley, and was a member of the Okoboji Indians tribe (Chief Sandusky). Charlie also served as chairman of the grounds at Cedar Point, where their tournaments were once held. He was a 32nd-degree Mason, and was active in the Shrine and the Lodge of Elks. He was an extremely talented football and basketball player, a competitive bowler and was equally impressive with a trap gun. In January 1928, Charlie was crowned the Trapshooting Champion of America by compiling a remarkable average of .9775 on a total of 6,850 targets. That same year his team won the Ohio State Team Shoot race and took top honors at the Grand American. His shooting career was not without controversy as a competitor in the 1937 Grand National, however. Typically a AA shooter, a stenographer incorrectly filled out his score card, placing him in Class A. Charlie broke 200, earning him first place, but the executive committee ruled that he must remain in Class A for the day. They also ordered all the 199’s to a shoot-off for AA. With Charlie relegated to class A, he would have tied with a 17-year-old national Junior champ from Des Moines. Instead, Charlie refused to jeopardize the young man’s title and forfeited. A three time All-American, his colorful trapshooting career ended with his death in 1945. He was 65.
In 1953, Don borrowed an old .37 single barrel Winchester and used it to win a turkey. After that, he was hooked. Two years later, he got involved with a little gun club in Marstown and started shooting registered targets.
Renowned trapshooter (and future Hall of Famer) Joe Hiestand lived 10 miles from where Don grew up, and Don set his sights on becoming a good shooter like Joe. Later, he was squadded with Joe on several occasions, and they became good friends. Don is proud of the fact that he has shot in every Grand American and Ohio State Shoot since 1955. He is one tough competitor, who is still at it today.
Jack & Karen Fishburn
Six years ago, the Ohio State Trapshooting Association was looking for a new home. Jack Fishburn had just acquired an old, rundown campground and owned the land nearby, so he as approached about building a gun club. Jack made a quick trip to Vandalia to see what “one of these trapshoots” looked like. He agreed to take on the project and even make some improvements. Jack’s main goal – to bring new jobs to Morrow County and as they say, the rest is history! With 52 trap fields, over 500 campsites and continual new construction, Jack Fishburn has certainly fulfilled his promise. Ohio State Trapshooters have a wonderful new facility to enjoy.
Family involvement has always been instrumental to Jack’s success. His wife Karen, has continually been supportive and by his side throughout this as well as many other family businesses. At a trapshoot you will see Karen organizing the lunch counter and then at the end of the day, heading to the Farmstead Restaurant to ensure the shooters enjoy their dining experience there as well. Together, Jack and Karen Fishburn have created an opportunity for the Ohio State Trapshooting Association that far exceeds – and continues to go beyond our expectations. It is a great honor for the Ohio State Trapshooting Association to bestow this special Hall of Fame recognition to Jack and Karen Fishburn. It is a small token of our appreciation, from the shooters of Ohio. Thank you Mr. and Mrs. Fishburn!
In 1951, Ken shot his first trap targets at the Reminton Club in Stratford, Connecticut. Two years later, he began registered shooting, He went to work for Remington Arms in New York in 1961 and two years later, he came to Ohio as a Remington Field Representative. In August of 1969, Ken entered the manufacturer’s representative business for an independent firm, which eventually led him to open his own firm 20 years later. Ken retired in 2005 after spending over 55 years in the business of shooting sports. During that time, he attended 46 Grand Americans and worked at the Grand American for several different companies. Ken earned a place on several of the Southwest Zone Teams. He has been on numerous All-Ohio Teams in the Men’s, Veteran and Senior Veterans categories. He is the Captain of this year’s All-Ohio Senior Veteran Team, Ken was also on 4 Industry All-American Teams, Not only has Ken had a remarkable shooting career, winning numerous trophies across the Midwest and at the Grand American…he has been a great ambassador for our sport as well.
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Larry took up trap around 1973 to improve his skills at shooting quail, pheasants, grouse and rabbits. His “first love” is the doubles competition because Larry considers himself a hunter and says that doubles simulate field hunting. The Ohio weather isn’t always perfect for trapshooting, but shooting in bad weather comes naturally to Larry because, well, it just feels like hunting.
Larry has won many events throughout his long career. His walls are covered with trophies, and hutches and curio cabinets are full of ribbons and prizes. His love for the sport shines unselfishly when he mentors shooters of all ages and lends his time and talents to local gun clubs.
Emerson G. Hoblit
“Jerry” registered his first targets in 1937 but soon turned his attention to tool making. In 1961, after establishing a successful tool company in Clayton, Ohio, he returned to registered competition. This led to a 35-year history of entering local and major trapshooting events. He had an outstanding career that included winning 27 trophies at Ohio State Shoots and 2 trophies at the Grand American. Jerry was a pioneer in developing release triggers for auto-loading trap guns. In addition to his work on the Remington 1100, he developed the first and most sought after release trigger for the Winchester Super X.
TOTAL LIFETIME TARGETS:
Singles: 121,525 Singles | Handicap: 50,200 | Doubles: 55,950
Dallas W. Maynard
Dallas starting trapshooting competitions in 1967 and registered his first target in 1968. Since that time, he has earned countless trophies. Dallas served as a member of the Southeast Zone Team at least 30 times and the All-Ohio Team eight times. He was All-American Veteran and Senior Veteran six times and was honored to be the Senior Veteran Team Captain in 2004. While his shooting accomplishments are numerous, Dallas also is known for his honesty, ethics and true love of trapshooting. He is proud to say “I have shot with the best of them”.
TOTAL LIFETIME TARGETS:
Singles: 110,350 | Handicap: 108,450 | 52,800 Doubles
Vivian was an inner-city schoolteacher in Columbus for 30 years. She took up trapshooting around 1980 after watching her husband shoot and thinking that it “didn’t look that hard”. Two years later, she decided to try registered shooting. Vivian found herself in her first big shoot-off after breaking a score of 98 in a handicap event at the Middletown Fall Festival, which she won. Her goal had always been to someday see her name on the “big board” and to break 100 straight. Herb Orr believed in Vivian and placed a 100 straight pin inside her gun case. Eventually, she wore hat pin after shooting a score of 80 on her first 100 of a 200-bird event at the Ohio State Shoot, following it up with her first 100 straight. Vivian has won numerous events at the Ohio State shoot, including the Championship Doubles in 1996. She has served on the All–Ohio Team six times, been a a Southeast Zone Director for two terms, the OSTA vice president in 1991-1992, and its secretary/treasurer from 1993-2006. Vivian also served as the group’s first woman president from in 1992-1993. Her dream to be on the “big board” came true when she won the Ohio Handicap at the Grand in 1989, the President’s Handicap in 1996 and the Vandalia Handicap in 1998. With many wins at the Southern Grand, and Middletown, she attained the 27-yard line on May 26, 2005.
Hugh was 13 years old when he began registering trap targets in 1929. During the seven decades since, the former school teacher and farmer was the General Manager of the ATA for 10 years; he served as president, director and longtime secretary-treasurer of the OSTA: he won the Grand American Doubles crown; and he was named to All-America traps teams in 1952 and 1956.
A yearly participant at the Golden West Grand in Reno, Hugh was also a frequent competitor during the heyday of the New York Athletic Club’s North American Champions, winning the 1952 doubles. In 1964 he broke 195 to capture the singles by three targets, and he had that same margin in leagin the doubles again, with his 98 second only to Walter Beaver’s 99 entered in 1938. He annexed the 1964 all – around award with 371×400.
McKinley captured two husband-wife awards with Bess during the Ohio state shoots, and he nailed down veteran doubles trophies in 1981, 1983 and 1985. In 1995 he will be inducted into the ATA Trapshooting Hall of Fame.
Hiram Bradley, a Kentuckian by birth, was a high school English teacher in Greenville, Ohio when he began registered trapshooting in 1963, When he retired from the sport 17 seasons later, he had collected 21 Grand American trophies, won 16 State Championships, captured four zone titles, been named to 13 Al-American teams, amassed eight seasons of 99% or higher Singles averages, set a 16 yard long run record, shot on a 500×500 squad, earned two Trap & Field All-Around Average Awards and led men’s or industry yearly average standings on five occasions.
Bradley registered 400 Singles and 400 Handicap targets in 1963, and from late March 1964 to the Grand American of the Year, he went from 20 to 26 yards, ending his first full season with a .9817 Singles average on 4,150 targets, .9272 on 2,500 Handicap and .9133 on 900 Doubles. he was just 700 targets into 1965 target year before reaching the maximum 27-yard line.
In 1966 Bradley, won the first shoot-off held under lights at the Grand American. In a 19-way tie on 100’s for the top honors during Saturday’s Preliminary Singles, he prevailed with 150-23. This same year his .9638 All-Around average set a Trap & Field average award record.
During the 1967 Grabd, he ended a record Dingles run of 1,469, eclipsing by 35 the eight-year mark held by Arnold Reigger. This record held until 1975.
RICHARD “PAT” NEFF
Richard Neff won four major OSTA Championships. Three of them were in Singles in 1997, 1999 and 2000. One HAA in 1997. Richard won two major Grand Championships’ HAA in 1989 and the important Grand American Handicap in 1990. Other OSTA trophies include Loctite in 1991, AA Singles, HAA, Husband/Wife in 1993, Class A Doubles RU in 1996, Doubles RU in 1997, Doubles Class A in 2001 and the Class A Doubles in 2002.
Other Grand trophies include: Clay Target Class A 3rct place in 1987, Class A RUin 1988, the Budweiser Handicap Championship and Grand American Past Winner Trophy in 1993. He also won trophies in the Clay Target Class AA RU in 1994, Doubles Class A in 1995, Handicap 81 place in 1997, Singles Class A Champion in 2001 and the President’s Handicap 151 place in 2001.
Richard was the Central Zone Doubles Champion in 1991 and the Open Preliminary Handicap Champion in Indiana in 2001. He was on the All-Ohio Team for a year.
Mr. Richard Neff was the 1351 shooter in the ATA to ever break a Grand Slam.
Dave began shooting in 1957 at the age of 15. He won the ATA Junior 16-yard Crown and also his age group’s Handicap Trophy in 1959. He has tied for the Singles Championship nine times, finishing with runner-up honors in 1967, ’73, ’78, ’80 and ’89. He has earned four AA awards in the Class Championships and secured AA Laurels in the 1944 16-yard title race.
Dave has captured 24 Grand American trophies since earning his first of six Brother Brother Championships with Ned in 1958. Thirty-one years later he earned the Parent Child title with stepson Dirk Meckstroth. A lone 99 was posted in the 1961 Grand American Handicap and Dave bested five others with 98 for runner-up laurels. He has broken 200 straight four times in the Clay Target Championship, ending third in the 1969 race and as Class AA victor in 1993.
During Central Division competition, Dave snared the. Singles Crowns in ’83 and ’85, and in 1987 he won the Handicap Championship. In a battle for the 1988 16-yard title, Dave took part in the longest shoot-off in ATA history, hitting 723×725.
Dave was named to the 1959 and 1960 Junior All-American Teams and secured a place on the 1968 Men’s Squad (plus honorable mention the following year). He has been selected for 25 All-Ohio Teams.
Berlet has recorded fifty-five 200 straights and 412 Perfect Centuries while registering 139,000 Singles Targets, with a lifetime average of .9810. In 1975 Berlet made the Guinness Book of World Records for hitting 1,572 clay targets out of 1,659 in one hour’s time.
Ms. Bichsel started shooting registered targets in October 1975. Since that time she has won 12 major OSTA championships in Singles and Doubles, as well as High-Over-All twice and High-All-Around three times. She has also won 14 other OSTA trophies, including the Class Doubles Championship and runner-up, Husband/Wife (4 times) and runner-up in the Championship Singles in 1995.
Eileen has won Grand American trophies including class A Doubles in 1991 and Husband/Wife (in ’91 and ’94). Numerous other trophies have been won at Satellite Grand American events in New York, Michigan a11d Arizona as well as ATA Central Zone trophies. She has won multiple trophies at other State Shoots including Florida, West Virginia, Kentucky, Indiana and Michigan.
Eileen has made the All Ohio Team 19 times from 1983 through 2003 and has been a member of the All-American Team 7 times. She was a Director of the OSTA for six years and served as President of the Association in 1998 and ’99. She was instrumental in initiating the ‘iS price targets for sub-junior and junior shooters and the Championship Doubles Ladies runner-up trophy at the Ohio State Trapshooting Championships. Further, Eileen was influential in starting the ‘l4 Million Club (total combined targets) with the ATA. She has helped with both youth and ladies shoots in Ohio and Michigan, as well as donating many of her formerly won trophies for the youth shoots.
Ms. Bichsel became a 27-yard-line shooter on May 21, 1994. As of August 31,2003 Eileen has shot at 112,800 Singles targets, 128,200 Handicap targets and 83,500 Doubles targets, for a combined total of 324,500 targets.
Carl N. Chadwell
Mr. Chadwell who completed his Grad Slam in 1995 became the 13th Buckeye to join this exclusive club. He has registered over 300,000 targets of all disciplines. On July 11, 2005, he celebrated 25 years on the 27-yard line without ever receiving a reduction. Carl and his father are believed to be the 1st Parent/Child in ATA history to be in the Quarter Million Registered Target Club.
He has attended 39 Grand American Tournaments and has taken home 10 championship awards. He has been named to the All-American Team seven times. 21 Satellite Grand Championship Awards have been added to his collection.
From 1977 to 2006 Mr. Chadwell has won over 100 State Championship Awards in Ohio, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Florida, Pennsylvania and Tennessee. During this period he also earned 23 Central Zone Awards. In 2002 he had the highest handicap average east of the Mississippi in the entire ATA with .9442 on 5900 targets. This award winner has been selected to All-State Teams for ten years each in Ohio and Michigan.
Residing in Columbus, Carl is the only man on the Ohio State Men’s Team to be in the top five every year from 1999 to 2007. He was named Ohio’s Greatest Shooter in 2006 with his Grand American All-Around 397×400.
Louie Morgan has quietly become one of the nation’s best trapshooters. This Ohio competitor has been selected six times to the Amateur Trapshooting Association’s All American Team. In his home state he has received the honor of being a member of the All-Ohio Team for fourteen years.
At the Grand American Tournament Louie has tied for the Clay Target Championship six times with 200 straight. In 1995 he won the runner-up trophy in the event. In 1997 he became the High-All-Around AAA Champion. In 1998 he collected the Preliminary Doubles AA trophy and finished fourth in the Preliminary Handicap. The following year Mr. Morgan was the AAA Champion in the Clay Target Championship and finished twelfth in the President’s Handicap. 2000 was another good year as he claimed the AAA Singles Class Championship and was the Dayton Homecoming Champion.
He has won ten major Ohio State Championships including the Handicap in 1987, the Doubles Championship in 1989 and 1995, the High-Over-All in 1991, ’93, ’94 and ’95 and three High-All-Around titles in 1987, ’89 and ’90.
Other OSTA Championships: Loctite Handicap in 1994 and third place in 1995, AA Doubles in 1997, third place in the Preliminary Handicap in 1998, MachOne Handicap 25 in 1998, Singles AA RU in 1998, McKinley Singles Champion in 2000, Class Singles AA Champion in 2000 and Singles Champion AA RU in 2000.
Dennis is a familiar face to many of us, and a familiar voice, as well. He became a Southwest Zone Director in 1995 and in 2001, he was chosen as President of the OSTA. In addition, he served 11 years as the Ohio Delegate of the Amateur Trapshooting Association. Dennis was determined to establish the Ohio State Trapshooting Foundation, spending many hours doing the due diligence of incorporation. His efforts paid off and the dream of a Foundation became reality in February of 1997. Shortly thereafter, the Articles of Incorporation were completed in March and the Code of Regulations were adopted. Dennis is one of the forefathers of our Foundation — a project that remains close to his heart. He served as Foundation chairman and holds that position today. His passion has resulted in more than 80 deserving high school students receiving over $93,000 in scholarships. Through the years, Dennis has participated and trophied in many tournaments around the country, but he will always be known for his contribution to the Ohio State Trapshooting Association and Foundation. The Ohio Foundation stands out among all of the other state associations as it continues to grow. This charitable organization strives to improve trapshooting in Ohio through scholarships, trophies and programs aimed at increasing youth participation. Assets and earnings of the Foundation help to fund youth projects, and establish and maintain the Ohio Trapshooting Hall of Fame, of which Dennis is a deserved member.
TOTAL LIFETIME TARGETS
Annie Oakley was born Annie Moses on Aug. 13, 1860, near Greenville, Ohio. She learned to shoot at the age of 8 with her father’s old cap and ball Kentucky rifle. At 15 in the fall of 1875, Annie shot in Cincinnati against Frank Butler, a champion marksman. She beat him fair and square and a year later, in private life, became Mrs. Frank Butler. Annie joined Frank’s shooting act and became Annie Oakley.
She met the great Sioux Chief, Sitting Bull, was adopted into the tribe and given the name, “Little Miss Sure Shot”. Annie traveled with the Buffalo Bill Wild West Show for 17 years. She broke 100 straight in a match race in London in 1887, setting a club record. Annie performed her magic with guns before seven crowned heads of Europe. The Prince of Wales presented her with a solid silver cup bearing the inscription, “You are the best shot I have ever seen.”
After retiring from traveling, Annie taught hundreds to shoot while in Pinehurst, N.C.. She also participated in many trapshoots in the area, including the Grand American.
During her 30 years of shooting, Annie won more than $100,000 and numerous trophies, and fired more than a million shells. She died in Greenville, Ohio on Nov. 3, 1926
Brad Dysinger started shooting registered targets in 1974 at age 19 and won the Ohio State Handicap Championship just one year later in 1975. Brad won the Ohio State Singles Championship in 1982 and was the Doubles Champion in 1979 and 1981. He has taken the High All Around title at the Ohio State Shoot in 1979, ’80, ’81, ’85 and ’94. He was the fust Ohio shooter to win all three major championships at the Ohio State Shoot.
Brad has won Central Zone Trophies in the Doubles in 1980 and 1982, and won the High-All-Around in 1976.
Thus far, Brad has claimed Major Grand American Championship Events in the Clay Target Championship in 1978 and 1989, as well as the High-Over-All in 1988. He was the champion in the Dayton Homecoming in 1985 and 1994 and the Budweiser Handicap Champion with a 99 from the 27-yard line in 1989. He has gathered over 50 Grand American trophies. He set a record in 1983 for winning 14 trophies during the Grand that year and has broken 200 straight at the Grand 21 times (six times in the Clay Target Championship).
On August 28, 1977 Brad became the 1ih shooter in ATA history to register a “Grand Slam,” perfect score in Singles, Handicap and Doubles events.
Brad has been named to the All-Ohio Team eight times and has been on the All-America Team sixteen times. He also had the honor ofbeing the High All-Around Average Award recipient in 1979.
Aden has shot trap for more than 40 some years. Many seasoned shooters know him from his 25 years at the Great Eastern Gun Club. Newer enthusiasts will associate him with the Cardinal Shooting Center. Aden’s devotion to the sport is evident by his service to the shooters of Ohio, and he is recognized is for his lifetime of commitment, his career of excellence, and his love of the sport. Aden is truly committed to the future of trapshooting. He has taken young shooters “under his wing,” pointed them in the right direction and encouraged them every step along the way.
72,100 singles 48,850 handicap 40,450 doubles
June 21st, 2018 is a special day for Ken. Not only will he be inducted into the Ohio Trapshooting Hall of Fame, it is also his father’s birthday. Louis Kamnikar, the man who introduced Ken to trapshooting, would be 122 years old. In 1930, Ken’s father helped to build the Lorain Rifle and Hunting Club in their Slovenian community.
In 1962, Ken started shooting in the Army pistol team. When he returned home there weren’t many places to shoot pistol, so in 1989 he seriously took up trapshooting. In 1998 at the Grand American, Ken shot his first 100 straight in handicap – a day he remembers well. His second 100 score in handicap was at the 2001 Grand American, which soon became his favorite place to trapshoot. Ken’s shooting record from then to now, has been quite impressive.
Ken has enjoyed his many years of trapshooting and the many friendships made along the way. “Trapshooters are great people.” Ken wants to help the future of the sport, which means supporting our youth shooters. Ken’s advice to the up-and-coming shooters, “Do your best and God will do the
rest” – a motto Ken recites every time he takes the line.
Bowling Green, Ohio
235,400 Singles 234,750 Handicap 158,150 Doubles
Ron used to spend his spare time hunting pheasants and shooting crows with his
Model 12- no rib, field gun. In 1975 he decided to try protector shooting at Lowellville Gun Club with his good friend, Lou Hornyak. It didn’t take Ron long to learn that he needed to add a rib and a trap stock on that gun to stop the kicking! A year later, he had discovered registered trapshooting and as they say, “the rest is history”.
He shot his very first registered shoot while living in Michigan and working at Ford. He remembers that February snowstorm at the old Winchester Gun Club with the cold winds blowing off of Lake Erie and the nearby swamp. The bad weather conditions did not discourage him from working at the sport as he was on the 27-yard line in less than 2 years, and has remained there since the early 1980’s. He had to overcome flinching so he
switched to a release trigger and moved up to a Perazzi, his current gun of choice.
Ron loves to shoot which is evident in the amount of registered targets he has logged over the years. His 100,000 singles target was shot at Great Eastern Gun Club in Sugar Creek and his 200,000 singles target was shot at Jaqua’s in Findlay. In 2007, Ron was especially proud to win both the High Over All and the High All Around at the Ohio State Tournament. Ron advises shooters to have fun and enjoy yourself when you are out there on the trap line.
Bill started Jaqua’s Sports Marine in 1947 with the typical small sporting goods store and an even smaller inventory of guns. As his sporting goods business grew, so did his love of firearms. Bill started going to the Ohio State Shoot and the Grand American in Vandalia, long before the days of vendor buildings and sold his trap guns out of a tent. In August of 1973, he bought his first building, which at the time was considered to be at the heart of vendors row. The business moved once more down the trap line to the west, and remained there until the closing of the Vandalia shooting grounds.
In the late 70’s, Bill leased the Fisher Brothers Gun Club from Bud and Bill Fisher and eventually purchased the property we all knew as Jaqua’s Gun Club. In 1982, he built a gun store on the property that offered shooters the ability to “try before you buy”. Shooters shopped and purchased their guns while actually standing inside the gun safe! Jaqua’s Gun Club had many years of big and small, fun and serious registered shoots.
In 1943, Bill entered the Air Force to serve our country. He flew 35 missions as a bombardier-navigator on a B-17. During his career as a gun dealer, he shot 106,550 singles, 112,350 handicap and 88,450 doubles registered targets.
Bill Jaqua loved the shooters, loved making gun deals, always had a smile, and wished happiness for everyone he met. He passed away last year on December 31st, one day after his 94th birthday. Bill was aware that he had been selected for the Ohio State Trapshooting Hall of Fame and was honored to know he was to be inducted at the State Tournament.
Peggy Ann Wise