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News Release County of Greene, Pennsylvania
Contact: JoAnne Marshall Communications Director Phone: 724-852-5210 / Fax 724-627-5428
Twenty-seven win awards at State Championship FOR RELEASE July 7, 2016
SOMERSET, PA Twenty-seven members of the Hunting Hills Hawkeyes, Greene Countyís Scholastic Clay Target Program team, received a total of 32 awards during the Pennsylvania Scholastic Clay Target Program Sporting Clays Championship, held Saturday, June 18, at Buffer Creek in Somerset, Pa.
The event involved 213 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 51 Hunting Hills Hawkeyes members participated in the shoot.
Hawkeyes squads took first-place in four divisions, second-place in one division, and third-place in three divisions, along with seven individual and two collegiate awards.
Two squads placed in the rookie division. The squad consisting of Robert Dillon III of Adah, Graham Hill of Morgantown, and Cole Jones of Jefferson took first place with a combined score of 182. Ivan Pavick of Jefferson and Johnathan Riley of Waynesburg took third place with a score of 65. Dillon and Jones placed first and second in the division with individual scores of 73 and 62 points, respectively.
In the intermediate entry division, Ethan Wise of Morgantown, Owen Hughes of Rogersville and Landen Friend of Point Marion won first place with a combined score of 169. Hughes placed third with an individual score of 60 points.
Hawkeyes squads placed first and second in the intermediate advanced division. The first-place squad consisting of Tristan Cole of Waynesburg, Hunter Orrahood of Waynesburg and Aaran Hinerman of Waynesburg had a squad score of 211. Finishing in second-place with a score of 197 was the squad of Tucker Hughes of Rogersville, Kolby Smith of Waynesburg and Thaine Miller of Waynesburg. Cole placed second with an individual score of 79. Kyleigh Kozel of Carmichaels and Abby Ozohonish of Clarksville were top scorers in the division placing first and third for highest overall female with individual scores of 61 and 34, respectively.
In the junior varsity division, Cameron Cernuska of Jefferson, Corey John of Holbrook and Noah Haines of Greensboro won third-place with a combined score of 183.
With a total score of 237, the Hawkeyes squad with Zach Abbott of Rogersville, Randy Durr of Greensboro, and Hunter Scott of Carmichaels finished first in the varsity division. Placing third in the division with a combined score of 223 were Chase Faddis of Carmichaels, Branden Sanders of Waynesburg and Walker Smith of Waynesburg. Durr placed first in the division with an individual score of 84 and placed second overall among all shooters.
In the collegiate division, Andrew Buchtan, Jr. of Greensboro won third-place with an individual score of 81. Montana Bellis of Dilliner also placed third with her individual score of 64 in the ladiesí category.
Last year, 58 members of the Hawkeyes competed in the state shoot in Harrisburg, with 23 members receiving 18 medals and trophies for their performances. Hawkeyes squads took first-place in four divisions, second-place in one division, and third-place in two divisions, along with 10 individual and one collegiate awards.
The Hawkeyes formed in February 2009 as part of a pilot Scholastic Clay Target Program in the county. More than 60 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, Hunting Hills and the Department of Recreation sponsor the program, with support this year from Big Covey Quail, Chapman Corporation, East Coast Risk Management, First Federal Savings and Loan of Greene County, Friends of the National Rifle Association, I-79 Honda, Midway Foundation 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 a total of 32 awards during the Pennsylvania Scholastic Clay Target Program Sporting Clays Championship, held Saturday, June 18, at Buffer Creek in Somerset, Pa. (Click image to enlarge photo)
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