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News Release County of Greene, Pennsylvania
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Hunting Hills Hawkeyes win 39 medals at state shoot FOR RELEASE July 1, 2014
FACTORYVILLE, PA Twenty-seven members of the Hunting Hills Hawkeyes, Greene Countyís Scholastic Clay Target Program team, received a total of 39 medals during the Pennsylvania Scholastic Clay Target Program Sporting Clays Championship, held Saturday, June 14, at Factoryville Sportsmenís Club in Factoryville, Pa.
The event involved 220 youth shooters from across the state competing in a 100-target shoot to determine state winners in six skill divisions: rookie, intermediate entry, intermediate advanced, junior varsity, varsity and collegiate. Awards were given to the top three teams in each division, as well as the highest overall and first- through third-place scorers in each division. The highest overall male and female individual shooters of the entire competition also win awards. A total of 68 Hunting Hills Hawkeyes members participated in the shoot.
Hawkeyes squads took first place in four divisions. Squads also took two second-place trophies, three third-place trophies, 11 individual class trophies and two collegiate trophies. One Hawkeye also won an award for his individual score among all shooters.
Hawkeyes squads took two places in the rookie division, with the squad consisting of Robert Dillon III of Adah, Tucker Hughes of Rogersville and Thaine Miller of Waynesburg winning first place with a squad score of 169. Finishing in second place with a score of 153 was the squad of Owen Hughes of Rogersville, Kyleigh Kozel of Carmichaels and Zach Wilson of Waynesburg. Tucker Hughes and Miller were the first- and second-place scorers in the division with individual scores of 62 and 59, respectively.
In the intermediate entry division, two Hawkeyes squads placed. Jon Firchow of Morgantown, W.Va., Hunter Guthrie of Graysville and Arran Hinerman of Waynesburg won first place with a combined score of 209, and Tristan Cole of Waynesburg, Hunter Orrahood of Waynesburg and Garret Ross of Aleppo finished third with a score of 200. Cole and Firchow had the highest overall and first-place individual scores in the division with 76 and 75 points, respectively, and Hinerman won third place with his score of 73.
Two squads placed in the intermediate advanced division, with the squad consisting of Zach Abbott of Rogersville, Cameron Cernuska of Jefferson and Louis Dobish of Carmichaels taking first place with a squad score of 223. Chase Faddis of Carmichaels, Dylan Henkins of Waynesburg and Dylan Miller of Waynesburg finished in second place with a score of 205. Cernuska and Abbott were the top two scorers in the division with individual scores of 80 and 78, respectively.
In the junior varsity division, Will Luckey of Mt. Morris, Luke Pecjak of Dilliner and Hunter Scott of Carmichaels won first place with a combined score of 233. Pecjak and Scott were the top two scorers in the division with individual scores of 85 and 81, respectively, and Pecjak was the highest overall male of the entire competition.
With a total score of 235, the Hawkeyes squad made up of Andy Buchtan of Greensboro, Camryn Dugan of Waynesburg and Tristan Kozel of Carmichaels finished third in the varsity division. After a four-way tie for the highest score of 83, a tiebreaker based on longest run determined the individual winners. Will Abbott of Carmichaels, from another Hawkeyes squad, won highest overall, and Buchtan won third place. Dugan was also the runner-up for highest overall female with her individual score of 74.
In the collegiate division, Alex Rush of Jefferson won third place with a score of 90. Rush had the second-highest score, while Nick Clarke of Carmichaels had the third-highest score at 87.
Last year, 93 members of the Hawkeyes competed in the state shoot in Dilliner, with 34 members receiving 40 medals for their performances. Five Hawkeyes squads took first place in their respective divisions Ė a state shoot first Ė and both the male and female highest overall awards were claimed by Hawkeyes.
The Hawkeyes formed in February 2009 as part of a pilot Scholastic Clay Target Program in the county. More than 40 students in grades five through 12 have participated in the program each year.
The teamís home base of Hunting Hills is owned and operated by Sally and Roy Sisler, who first approached the Greene County Commissioners in 2008 about starting a Scholastic Clay Target Program. Overseeing this yearís program were head coach Chuck Mallory and assistant head coach Randy Coss, along with several assistant coaches.
Nationally, the programs are sponsored by the Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation. Locally, the Greene County Commissioners and the Department of Recreation sponsor the program. Additional program support was provided by Alpha Natural Resources Services LLC, Always Truck N LLC, Cabelaís, CONSOL Energy, Cumberland Mine Sporting Clay Shooters, Energy Corp. of America, Friends of the National Rifle Association, Hinermanís NAPA, Hunting Hills, ISM Weapon Systems, National Wild Turkey Federation-Warrior Trail Gobblers Chapter, Ozieís Sport Shop and Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. The programís mission is to promote and teach young people the fundamentals of gun safety, team work and outdoor sports.
For more information on the Hunting Hills Hawkeyes, call the Department of Recreation at 724-852-5323, or visit www.co.greene.pa.us.
Pictured with the Greene County Commissioners are the members, coaches and sponsors of the Hunting Hills Hawkeyes, Greene Countyís Scholastic Clay Target Program team. Twenty-seven members recently received 39 medals for their performances during the Pennsylvania Scholastic Clay Target Program Sporting Clays Championship, held June 14 at Factoryville Sportsmenís Club in Factoryville, Pa.
For general information, please contact the Information Services at 724-852-5399 / Toll Free: 1-888-852-5399 Greene County Office Building, 93 E. High Street, Waynesburg, PA 15370