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News Release County of Greene, Pennsylvania
Contact: Elizabeth Menhart Communications Director Phone: 724-852-5210 / Fax 724-627-5428
Hunting Hills Hawkeyes win 33 medals at state shoot FOR RELEASE June 30, 2015
HARRISBURG, PA Twenty-three members of the Hunting Hills Hawkeyes, Greene Countyís Scholastic Clay Target Program team, received a total of 33 awards and medals during the Pennsylvania Scholastic Clay Target Program Sporting Clays Championship, held Saturday, June 20, at Blue Ridge Sportsman Club in Harrisburg, Pa.
The event involved 237 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 58 Hunting Hills Hawkeyes members participated in the shoot.
Hawkeyes squads took first place in four divisions. Squads also took one second-place trophy, two third-place trophies, 11 individual class trophies and one collegiate trophy.
Hawkeyes squads took two places in the rookie division, with the squad consisting of Robert Dillon III of Adah, Landon Friend of Point Marion and Owen Hughes of Rogersville winning first place with a squad score of 204. Finishing in second place with a score of 155 was the squad of Cole Jones of Jefferson, Payton Raber of Waynesburg and Ethan Wise of Morgantown, W.Va. Dillon, Friend and Hughes were the first-, second- and third-place individual scorers in the division with scores of 71, 67 and 66, respectively.
In the intermediate entry division, one Hawkeyes squad placed. Tucker Hughes of Rogersville, Thaine Miller of Waynesburg and Zach Wilson of Waynesburg won first place with a combined score of 208. Miller and Hughes had the second- and third-place individual scores in the division with 76 and 71 points, respectively. Kyleigh Kozel of Carmichaels was the divisionís highest overall female scorer with her individual score of 57.
The squad consisting of Cameron Cernuska of Jefferson, Tristan Cole of Waynesburg and Arran Hinerman of Waynesburg took first place in the intermediate advanced division with a score of 240. Cole and Cernuska placed first and third in the division with individual scores of 85 and 81, respectively. Caitlyn Dugan of Waynesburg was the divisionís highest female scorer with her individual score of 69.
In the junior varsity division, Lou Dobish of Jefferson, Chase Faddis of Carmichaels and Dylan Miller of Waynesburg won third place with a combined score of 221.
With a total score of 244, the Hawkeyes squad made up of Randy Durr of Greensboro, Kyle Grahek of Fredericktown and Nathan Hinerman of Waynesburg finished first in the varsity division and first overall among all teams in the shoot. Placing third in the division with a combined score of 241 were Luke Pecjak of Dilliner, Branden Sanders of Waynesburg and Parker Woodring of Carmichaels. Sanders placed first in the division with an individual score of 89 and also placed third overall among all shooters. Camryn Dugan of Waynesburg placed third for highest overall female with her individual score of 67.
In the collegiate division, Nick Clarke of Carmichaels won third place with an individual score of 82.
Last year, 68 members of the Hawkeyes competed in the state shoot in Factoryville, with 27 members receiving 39 awards and medals for their performances. 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.
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 and the Department of Recreation sponsor the program, with major sponsorship provided by CONSOL Energy and Friends of the National Rifle Association. Additional program support was provided by Cabelaís, Chevron, Cumberland Mine Sporting Clay Shooters, Energy Corp. of America, EQT, Hinermanís NAPA, Hunting Hills, McCarlís Inc., Midway USA Foundation, National Wild Turkey Federation-Warrior Trail Gobblers Chapter, Noble Energy, Ozieís Sport Shop, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, UMWA and Wilson Quality Builders. 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 above with the Greene County Commissioners are the members, coaches and sponsors of the Hunting Hills Hawkeyes, Greene Countyís Scholastic Clay Target Program team. Twenty-three members recently received 33 medals and awards for their performances during the Pennsylvania Scholastic Clay Target Program Sporting Clays Championship, held June 20 at Blue Ridge Sportsman Club in Harrisburg, 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