Well, there is not a lot going on in the state of Ohio at the present time. Most shooters are shooting leagues, practice and some registered targets. This is a good time to practice new loads for the upcoming target year and time to shoot different games at the local clubs. I always liked a good buddy match and when things really got interesting we tried to shoot a three man buddy.
I have not received any great news from the ATA but they usually have a meeting sometime in December. Maybe I will have some encouraging news for next month’s addition. I might get in on a good conference call by then and will be able to share some information with everyone.
The All Ohio Team members are as follows: Men’s Team; Michael Wengerd, Robert Caplinger, Dirk Meckstroth, Pactrick McCarthy, Michael Blair, Steve Stedman, Steve Neuman, Richard Zombek, Jim Walker II: Junior Gold; Ryan Minyo, Justin Carson, Ian Wilkshire: Juniors; Austin Jacob, Brady Welsh, Rodd Spradlin, Brandon Brooks: Sub Juniors; Andrew Bush, Adam Bush, Ryan Denes, Austin Pohlman: Lady I: Summer Gobrecht, Elizabeth Ternes, Elaina McCarthy: Lady II; Peggy Ann Wise, Carole Carney: Sub Veteran; John Evick, Steve Corwin, Dan Schock, Dean Townsend, Raymond Gajoch: Veteran; Craig Blank, Don Renner, Roger McNamer, Ronald Charniga, Randolph Reinhardt: Senior Veteran; Kenneth Kamnikar, David Berlet, Michael Roese, John Evans, Clyde Findley. Ohio’s Grandest Shooter : Joseph Charnigo.
I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving, ate lots of turkey and devoured several pieces of pumpkin pie. Now it is time to get ready for the Jolly Old Man. I will leave you with the words of a good friend.
Keep your head down, follow through and “Bust’em”.
The BOD met Saturday, October 14, 2017. This was the organization meeting for the 2018 Ohio State Shoot. Directors were assigned jobs and committees were formed for the 2018 state shoot. Information pertaining to the meeting may be found on the Ohio State website. The website is Ohiotrap.com. The BOD is working hard on trying to make the 2018 state shoot bigger and better than the 2017 shoot.
The golf cart and trailer, a big ticket item will again be offered. Bob Caplinger is in contact with previous sponsors and there are a few new sponsors that showed interest and may be coming on board for the 2018 shoot. These are just a few of the things that the Board has decided so far.
The OSTA Foundation will again offer the 50/50 drawing and there should be a few guns to give away again the coming year. All of the guns are made available through Larry & Brenda Potterfield and the Midway USA Foundation. All the proceeds go to the youth shooters in Ohio. The OSTA Foundation gave 10 Scholarships to students wishing to further their education plus help other youth programs in Ohio. I urge everyone to help us support the young shooters by participating in the gun giveaways and other programs the Foundation is sponsoring during the state shoot.
The Fall Handicap which was held at the Middletown Sportsman’s Club September 20-24, had a great turnout again this year. The weather cooperated this year by providing sunny days and high temperatures for the five day shoot. There were 445 entries in the Championship events. The winners are as follows: Singles Champion: Steve Corwin; R/U Danny Ryan: Handicap Champion: Adam Ralston; R/U Chris Sizemore: Doubles Champion: Tom Kleyla; R/U Jim Walker II.
There were 34 Ohio shooters that attended the Dixie Grand at Bostic, NC. The weather was great every day except on Sunday when the clouds and rain arrived in early morning. There were 809 entries in the Championship events. Ohio shooters that performed well at the Dixie Grand and brought home some hardware are as follows: Cooperrider, Dennis; Cosby, Stanley; Dehabey, Mike; Detty, Ed; Drake, Robert; Evick,John; Gandert,Charles; Hedrick, Jennifer; McCarthy, Patrick; Morgan, Louie; Orr, Gregory; Petterson, Betty; Petterson, Roger; Roese, Michael; Stumbo, Ashley; Welsh, Brady; Zombek,Richard.
I will leave you with the words of a good friend. Keep your head down, follow through and “Bust’em”.
The 2017 Grand American was very enjoyable this year for the shooters which experienced mild temperatures and only one day of showers. The opening ceremonies contained several venues such as the Blue/Gray Shoot Out and ending with a great fireworks display. The Cardinal Center received second place in the White Flyer Mega Target Award during these ceremonies.
Ohio was represented with 209 shooters that classified at this year’s Grand American. Trophy winners at this year’s Grand are as follows: Bailey, Terry; Bush, Andrew; Caplinger, Robert; Charniga, Ronald; Charnigo, Joseph; Corwin, Steve; Dehabey, Mike; Evick, John; Findley, Clyde; Gandert, Charles; Gioffre, John; Gobrecht, Summer; Hedrick, William; Jacob, Austin; Jendre, Flip; Kaminikar, Kenneth; McCarthy, Elaina; McCarthy, Patrick; Minyo, Ryan; Plaumann, Rick; Schlichter, Jeff; Smeltz, Mike; Ternes, Elizabeth; Thomas, John; Thompson, Mary; Weisgerber, Paul; Wengerd, Michael; Williams, Phil; Zombek, Richard. In the National Team Race held on Friday during preliminary week Ohio placed 2nd in Vet Category: Charniga, Ronald; Blank, Craig; McNamer, Roger and 3rd in Sr. Vet Category: Dehabey, Mike; Findley, Clyde; Morgan, Louie. Joseph Charnigo was Ohio’s Grandest shooter with a score of 393 in the HAA.
During the Central Zone meeting, I asked President John Burke if the ATA would consider moving the dates of the US Open so it would not conflict with the Buckeye Open. The Buckeye Open is considered a major shoot and has been the same week for several years. This was the first year for the US Open to be shot on these dates. This would benefit both the US Open and the Buckeye Open. Mr. Burke implied he would take it before the EC. That means I was probably in a no fly zone.
During our annual meeting this year, we learned the ATA is changing how the All American points will be assessed. A new comp factor chart will be applied to this coming year which will reflect the change the ATA implemented last year by reducing the required number of shooters from 600 to 450 shooters for All American Points. I would also like to congratulate Darrell Hayes on becoming the new VP from the Central Zone. Darrell always attends the shoots at the Cardinal Center and is always willing to help in any way possible.
The Cardinal Classic, which is held directly following the Grand American, saw a lot of campers pulling in late Saturday and all day Sunday. Several shooters headed back east make the Cardinal Center a regular stop on the way home each year and they are greatly appreciated.
The Cardinal Classic had 8590 entries in the 6 day shoot. There were 2290 entries in the Championship events which gave the shoot a comp factor of 6. The Cardinal Classic was a great shoot and except for Thursday’s rain the weather was extremely nice. I won’t swear to it, but I think 11 out of the 15 events carried All American points. If you are chasing All American points come and join us at the Cardinal Center next year.
In the Championship Events the winners were as follows: Singles; Fleming, Ian (PA); Handicap; Brooks, Brandon (OH); Doubles; Jacob, Austin (OH). The HAA Champion: Patmore, Matthew (AS); HOA Champion: Vendel, Chris (PA).
I would like to commend the Cardinal Center for always having the grounds groomed neatly and the targets were great except when the wind decided to interfere with the flight of the targets but they were still breakable. The target setters for the Cardinal Center did an excellent job and Luke Spengler does an excellent job keeping everything running smooth. I would also like to give a big thank you to Candy for having the scorers and loaders ready for every shoot held at the Cardinal. This past year Luke had Jake manning the 3 sporting clay ranges which held more tournaments and they are expecting to hold more this upcoming season.
Mr. Fishburn is trying his best to improve the facility this coming year and I hope everyone appreciates all the things he does at the Cardinal Center. Mr. Fishburn is trying to provide Ohio shooters one of the finest facilities in the country. If you happen to see him, make sure you tell him how much you appreciate everything he does for the shooting industry and the Ohio Shooters.
The shoots at the Cardinal Center would not be what they are without the help of our sponsors. I would like to personally thank all the sponsors who contribute to all the shoots in Ohio. Please check out the sponsors and give them a special thanks for their support.
Also, Bob Stuart does an excellent job with everything pertaining to the computer end of things and he also does the announcements every morning or when something comes up that needs to be blasted over the PA system. I had several shooters comment on Bob’s TV system after attending the Grand and I will have to admit it is one of the best in the business.
Also, please remember to fill out the All Ohio Team Application. You can down load a copy from the Ohio State Trap Shooting Association website.
I will leave you with the words of a good friend of mine whenever you go to take the line. Keep your head down, follow through and “Bust’em”.
July 25, 2017
The Ohio State Shoot was a huge success again this year. I would like to personally thank the OSTA Directors for having another great shoot. There was a lot of preparation that went into making this one of the best shoots in the country. If you did not attend, you should try and make an effort to attend next year’s 2018 state shoot. The shoot had 8762 entries over the six day shoot and a competition factor of (6). This number would have been higher except for the rain on Friday which caused some shooters to scratch. There were 2,659 entries in the Championship events.
I would like to congratulate all the winners throughout the six day shoot, and the winners of the Championship events. Singles Champion – John Thomas; R/U- Ronald Smith; Handicap Champion- Kenneth Rosenbluh; R/U- Britt Havenar; Doubles Champion- Michael Wengerd; R/U-Joseph Charnigo. The HAA-Michael Wengerd and the HOA-Michael Wengerd. Bert Scalia won the shoot off for the Kubota RTV 400 and Harvey Bechtel was the lucky winner of the Golf Cart and Trailer.
I would also like for everyone to give a shout out to all the sponsors who donate prizes and money to make this one of the top rated shoots in the country. If you see the people, please tell them just how much you appreciate the donations. Without these sponsors, our state shoot would not be what it is today. Also, give a big thanks to Mr. Fishburn for providing such a wonderful facility, and Luke and Jake for keeping the shoot running great.
I personally had a lot of shooters talk to me about the shoot and had first time attendees tell me how they were going to go back home and tell their friends what a great place to shoot. Several shooters said they were going to make sure they put Ohio on their schedule for next year. Thanks everyone who participated and we grow by word of mouth. When you tell other people what a wonderful experience you had, they will want to give us a try.
The 2017 SCPT and SASP National Championships were held at the Cardinal Center, July 8 to 15, in Marengo. Competitive shooters, ages 8 to 23, from 32 states came to compete for National Titles. A total of 2687 competitors competed during the 8 day event. There were 2251 participants in the SCTP portion of all the events.
Over 1000 shooters competed in the Last Competitor Standing event. This is an Annie Oakley style event. The event was held over two evenings with over 500 competitors each evening. They place 30 shooters per trap field and the object is to eliminate each other by breaking the previous competitors target if it is missed. They have men and ladies winners taking home guns and other prizes. Anyone who wishes may compete, and they have competitions just for 2017 graduating seniors who compete for $1,000 scholarships presented by the NRA.
Congratulations to all these young shooters who took home prizes. I would like to send and special congratulation to Austin Jacob on winning the Last Competitor Standing Competition, a gun and the $1,000 scholarship. Austin has been so hot this year I am surprised his stock doesn’t catch on fire when he mounts his gun. I think the grasshopper has learned well from Jeff and Dave. Use the scholarship for a quality education so you will be able to continue this sport in your future.
I would also like to thank all the parents, grandparents, brother, sister, aunt or uncle who travel to this National Competition in support of your children. I know it is not always an easy task to plan for these events and put everything on hold but I always feel after 39 years of teaching. the parents that do things with their children and support them will be the big winners in the end.
I will leave you with the words of one of my good friends; keep your head down, follow through and “Bust’em”.
I was in contact with Mr. Lynn Gipson today because I heard that the main road to the CEB building at the World Shooting Complex had been repaired. Mr. Gipson said the IDNR did a temporary repair on the road at their expense. The total project was paid for by the IDNR. Mr. Gipson said the repair only took one day because it is a temporary repair. The IDNR said they are hoping for a permanent repair in the not so distance future. The ATA has paid for two things at the World Shooting Complex this year. First, they had the bank signs repainted so you can read them from the road again at a cost of less than $1,000, and they paid to have the trap houses repainted. According to Mr. Gipson, these are the only repairs the ATA has paid for at the World Shooting Complex as of today.