2019 WV State Shoot Results

Donald LaFollette, Handicap Champion; Todd Sauble, Singles Champion; Chuck Jackson, Doubles Champion; Steve Sprout, HAA Champion and Mark Isner, HOA Champion.

The 99th WV State Shoot was held at Winchester Gun Club, in Winchester, Virginia from July 10 – 14, 2019. Our friends at Winchester, provided their outstanding facility and assistance in hosting our shoot and the WVATA is very appreciative for their hospitality. Next year, the 100th WV State Shoot, will be held in Winchester July 8 – 12, 2020. Planning has already begun for our 100th Anniversary Celebration and it promises to be a “blast”.

The big news, the WV State Shoot was a Five Day Event this year thanks to the generosity of Raymond Childers, Jr. Owner, of Ray’s Guns of Inwood, WV’s who sponsored the additional day. The trophies Ray provided were Kent Shot Shells for Hi Gun, Class and Category winners. Ray’s Guns had an onsite tent with guns and shells for purchase. Saturday’s Singles Championship was sponsored by Dave Weddle, owner of Weddle Tool Company. All American Team Member, Cameron Bailey, Owner of Precision Steel, provided trophies for the Champions Day on Thursday made by Mike McKinney, Owner of West Virginia Wood Arts. The laser engraved trophies had outlines of WV with either the State Seal or WV Mountaineer with trophy bases made of walnut from Hampshire County West Virginia.  We very much appreciate the generosity of each of our sponsors.

Every WV Championship was won outright, save one, the WV High All Around. Three knotted at 378, Alec Sauble, Darrell Dowler and Steve Sprout. After one round, Sprout was the WV HAA Champion for 2019.  Donald LaFollette broke 96 from the 22.5 yard line for the Handicap Championship and Chuck Jackson broke 95 birds for his first Doubles Championship. Mark Isner broke a 940 to lead all WV Shooters by five targets for the HOA Championship.

The weather, which seems to always be a story during the State Shoot, was not much of a factor this year. Rain on Thursday, caused attendance to drop over the three events affecting doubles the last event of the day.

Shoot attendance on Wednesday, was up one hundred percent as announced by WV Treasurer, Steve Sprout during the Board of Directors Meeting. The WV State Shoot has always been a four day event, so technically he’s correct. A total of 222 entries started the week off on a positive note.

John Domas broke the only 100 straight on opening day securing Hi Gun honors. Steven Sprout was the AA winner. Dan Biggs won a lengthy carryover with Rance Boyd that lasted through Fridays Singles Class Championship for Class A; Class B was also decided by a carryover with Jeremy Keplinger over James Hughes; Class C, James Platske and Class D, Walter Asbury.

Event II, Ray’s Gun Handicap, all trophies were decided by the shoot results with no ensuing shoot offs. 2019 WV Hall of Fame inductee, Todd Sauble, broke an event high, 96 to lead all shooters for Hi Gun; Fritz Carlsten broke 95 for 26 to 27 yard honors; Rance Boyd claimed the 24 to 25 yardage group breaking just two less; 22 to 23 yard group was Darrell Dowler; 19 to 21, Jeremey Keplinger.

Event III, Ray’s Guns Doubles, Sheldon Hosetter’s 97 was the event high score to claim Hi Gun and eight boxes of Kent shells. Fritz Carlsten and Michael Kemp broke just one less to tie for Class AA with Carlsten winning in the carryover. John DiFabio won Class A with a 94; Class B had to be decided by carryover with Scott Petitto over Jennifer Everett who tied with 88; Class C was won by Robert Chocinsky breaking 92 and Class D laurels went to Francis Klein also turning in a 92. Category champions were Noah Gouge in Junior Gold; Shane Biser, Junior; Sub. Jr, Walter Asbury; Lady I Cassie Hammond; Lady II Sandra Spencer; Sub Vet, Bob Harden, in a carryover with James Platske and William Wempe; Veteran, Darrel Murray, and Sr. Veteran, Morgan Lough,  broke a 95 claiming an almost “out of body experience” that is really just putting it all together.

Day two, the weather looked like rain but held off until the last event, when the early squads shooting doubles took their positions. The rain which was enough to dampen the day’s attendance turnout.

The spirits of the shooters in the Fred Dague Singles were not dampened when six broke prefect century’s to tie for event Champion.  Fritz Carlsten after the carryover, was Class AA winner, Shane Biser, Todd Sauble and Wilbur Ruhl continued their straight streaks through the next singles event. Biser clenched the win after breaking them all in the Championship Singles. Todd Sauble missed one singles bird in the Championship and second of the shoot falling back to Sub Vet. Ruhl not shooting the Singles Championship, fell back to Sr. Vet., Noah Gouge and Brian Kellner fell back to their respective categories.

During the Scott Ross Handicap, three knotted for the top spot. 21.5 yarder Donald LaFollette, 26.5 yarder Bob Harden and 27 yarder Dan Biggs all broke 96’s to shoot off for Champion. LaFollette appeared to be a little nervous before the shoot off but it didn’t affect his performance as he vanquished Biggs and Harden in one round becoming the Scott Ross Handicap Champion. Leaving Biggs 26-27 yard winner and Harden, Sub Vet winner; Randy Jones won 19-21 yard honors over Carroll Braden and Samuel Woncheck after a flip when none answered the call for the shootoff. Michael Benlock won 22-23 yard laurels after a three way tie and shootoff with Gerald Conway and Kevin Wolfe. Scott Petitto claimed 24-25 yard prize with a 93.

The rain soaked doubles Event VI, Alec Sauble Doubles, saw Junior Shane Biser and Lady I, Bethany Breighner break 98’s to tie for top honors with Biser winning the carryover the next day and Breighner falling back to category. All American Men’s Team Shooter, Cameron Bailey,won Class AA; New WVATA President, Lillard Russell, won Class A.

Day three brought the heatwave, but no rain, for the remainder of the Shoot. Event VII, the WV Singles Class Championship, was decided except for two trophies, Open AA where Mark Hebert and Michael Kemp both broke 100’s and Open Sr. Vets. Thomas Muddiman and Wilbur Ruhl of the four only Kemp shot the Singles Championship and a flip decided the other with Ruhl getting the toss. WV Resident, Anthony “Sam” Sellaro, who broke his first 100 straight, is a world record holder in Muzzleloaded trap, an International style Trap, shot with a cylinder bore Muzzleloaded period shotgun. Sam and his two sons, Antonio and Dominic, joined the ATA in 2018, shooting only one hundred targets before this target year has gained 2.5 yards, Class AA Singles and Class B Doubles average on his last thousand targets. Sellaro was also the winner of the Newt Jones Memorial Trophy.

Preliminary Handicap Event VIII saw Ron Smith and Michael Kemp break the top score of 97, Ron claiming the title in a shootoff, Michael 2nd, Fritz Carlsten 3rd, Michael Benlock 4th, Jeremey Keplinger 5th; and Allan Armacost 6th.

Event IX WV Doubles Class Championship.  WV Residents Alec Sauble and Russell Lillard tied at 91 for Class AA a carryover to the Championship doubles event Alec won. Open AA, Michael Kemp.

Saturday’s Championship Singles, sponsored by Weddle Tool Company, saw two time Singles Champion Todd Sauble only miss one target to garner his third Singles title in six years. In fact, it was one of just two singles targets he’d missed the entire shoot. Cameron Bailey was Runner-up. WV Parent Child; Todd and Alec Sauble, Open Parent Child: Darrell & JW Dowler; WV Husband & Wife, Lonnie & Sandy Spencer; Open Husband & Wife David & Janice Feaga. Dague’s Farm Raised Beef & Eggs owners Mary Ellen & Fred Dague covered target fees for 20 Junior and Sub Junior shooters in today’s 200 Bird WV Singles Championship, we appreciate their generosity in supporting youth trapshooting.

In the Open Singles Championship, five shooters knotted at 199, after the shoot offs, New shooter Garry Welch was Open Champion.

Day 5 Sunday Championship Doubles saw Chuck Jackson win the WV Doubles Championship with a 95, his first WV Championship. Nick Harden was Runner-up with a 94.

The WV Handicap Championship, Donald LaFollette, broke another 96 to win the title outright. Edsel Kittle broke one less for Sr. Vet. The ensuing shoot off set the rest of the six places Runner-up, Darrell Dowler; Third, Steven Sprout; not having to shoot off was Fourth place, Roger Taylor; Fifth, Thomas J Parker and Sixth, Alec Sauble.

This year’s shoot ran even smoother than the year before, as a result of a group of dedicated people.  Brandy and Matt Hayes, operators of Tyler Rod and Gun Club, manned the Classification Desk under the watchful eye of veteran classifier, Jim Schad. They did an excellent job, Brandy also assisted by running errands for Sprout and Harden as well as bringing morning pastries for the office, thank you, Brandy and Matt. Bill King manned the Squadding window along with Toot Riggle both showing up early each day with fruit and breakfast bars. Steve Sprout, Russ Lillard and Alec Sauble manned the Cashier window each day and Debbie Harden who did it all when we were out shooting in addition to entering scores and printing scoresheets and reports. Todd and Leslie Sauble handled trophies and took winners photos (I won't say she did it with one hand tied behind her back... maybe with one leg tied up though!) , Alec, studying for the Bar, was able to shoot two of Friday’s events and the weekend. Darrel Murray and Cameron Bailey enlisted Noah Gouge’s help and along with “Yardbird” did their usual great job of handling the target setting.

Chuck Farmer’s 4-H group from Fredrick, Maryland did a great job scoring and keeping the traps loaded, his daughter Morgan beautifully sang the national anthem each morning. A personal thanks to Morgan for volunteering to score a makeup during the rain before the Doubles Event Thursday. The Virginia 4-H ran the kitchen providing delicious food and drink from morning to evening. Eric Bucher did a masterful job of Squad Hustling, starting on time and keeping the line moving.  

Special thanks to Greg and Glen Funkhouser and Steve Sprout for working out the details for this years’ shoot.

A moment of silence was observed in honor of three West Virginia shooters who recently passed away; Frank Wolfe of Moundsville, Jack Gandee of Mineral Wells and Danny Nagle of Friendly.

 A card was distributed to send well wishes to Terry Groves of Oakhill, WV who has been battling cancer and was unable to attend this years’ shoot.  Terry’s address is 1201 Country Club Rd. Oakhill, WV 25901

During the annual meeting newly elected WVATA president Russell Lillard presented embroidered jackets donated by Superior Industrial Laundries to the WV State Team members. Scott Ross was installed as Vice President, Brandy Hayes Secretary, Steve Sprout Treasurer, ATA Delegate Nicholas Harden, ATA Alt Delegate Robert Harden, 1st Alt delegate Darrell Dowler, 2nd

Again we want to thank all our sponsors for their support this year:

Superior Industrial Laundries- Russell Lillard owner. Dague’s Farm Raised Beef & Eggs Fred and Mary Ellen Dague owners, Weddle Tool Company Dave Weddle owner, Precision Steel Cameron Bailey owner and Ray’s Guns Raymond Childers owners

Complete results below.

 

2019 WV State Shoot Winners

Event 1

Ray's Guns Singles

Score

Open High Gun

John Domas

100

Open Class AA

Steve Sprout

98

Open Class A

Dan Biggs

99

Open Class B

Jeremy Keplinger

97

Open Class C

James Platske

97

Open Class D

Walter Ashbury

93

Open Junior Gold

Noah Gouge

97

Open Junior

Shane Biser

99

Open Sub-Junior

Porter Hunt

95

Open Lady I

Cassie Hammond

97

Open Lady II

Patricia Rust

91

Open Sub-Veteran

Todd Sauble

99

Open Veteran

Elwood Tyler

98

Open Sr. Veteran

Francis Klein

98

Event 2

Ray's Guns Handicap

Score

Open High Gun

Todd Sauble

96

Open 18-21

Jeremy Keplinger

94

Open 22-23

Darrell Dowler

92

Open 24-25

Rance Boyd

94

Open 26-27

Fritz Carlsten

95

Open Junior Gold

Collin Hopkins

93

Open Junior

Shane Biser

93

Open Sub-Junior

Haley Bozzi

94

Open Lady I

Cassie Hammond

93

Open Lady II

Tammy Jackson

88

Open Sub-Veteran

Mark Isner

93

Open Veteran

PJ Shanholtz

95

Open Sr. Veteran

Morgan Lough

93

Event 3

Ray's Guns Doubles

Score

Open High Gun

Sheldon Hostetter

97

Open Class AA

Fritz Carlsten

96

Open Class A

John Di Fabio

94

Open Class B

Scott Petitto

88

Open Class C

Robert Chocinsky

92

Open Class D

Francis Klein

92

Open Junior Gold

Noah Gouge

96

Open Junior

Shane Biser

95

Open Sub-Junior

Walter Ashbury

44

Open Lady I

Cassie Hammond

94

Open Lady II

Sandra Spencer

78

Open Sub-Veteran

Robert Harden

91

Open Veteran

Darrel Murray

90

Open Sr. Veteran

Morgan Lough

95

Event 4

Fred Dague Singles

Score

Open High Gun

Shane Biser

100

Open Class AA

Fritz Carlsten

100

Open Class A

Kenneth Shockey

99

Open Class B

Michael Wilder

98

Open Class C

Carl Rohrbaugh

99

Open Class D

Neall Kemp

96

Open Junior Gold

Noah Gouge

100

Open Junior

Brian Kellner

100

Open Sub-Junior

Porter Hunt

96

Open Lady I

Lacy Hockman

99

Open Lady II

Peggy Ann Wise

96

Open Sub-Veteran

Todd Sauble

100

Open Veteran

Elwood Tyler

99

Open Sr. Veteran

Wilbur Ruhl

100

Event 5

Scott Ross Handicap

Score

Open High Gun

Donald LaFollette

96

Open 18-21

Randy Jones

94

Open 22-23

Michael Benlock

95

Open 24-25

Scott Petitto

93

Open 26-27

Dan Biggs

96

Open Junior Gold

Noah Gouge

95

Open Junior

Brian Kellner

91

Open Sub-Junior

Walter Ashbury

92

Open Lady I

Bethany Breighner

94

Open Lady II

Sandy Spencer

90

Open Sub-Veteran

Robert Harden

96

Open Veteran

Steve Ray Newton

94

Open Sr. Veteran

Kenneth Shockey

93

Event 6

Alec Sauble, Esquire Doubles

Score

Open High Gun

Shane Biser

98

Open Class AA

Cameron Bailey

93

Open Class A

Russell Lillard

95

Open Class B

Michael Snyder

95

Open Class C

Richard Blatt

92

Open Class D

Collin Hopkins

92

Open Junior Gold

Noah Gouge

95

Open Junior

Brian Kellner

87

Open Sub-Junior

Walter Ashbury

77

Open Lady I

Bethany Breighner

98

Open Lady II

Sandra Spencer

85

Open Sub-Veteran

Bill King

95

Open Veteran

Darrel Murray

95

Open Sr. Veteran

Sheldon Hostetter

97

Event 7

WV Singles Class Championship

Score

WV Class AA

Cameron Bailey

99

WV Class A

Anthony Sellaro

100

WV Class B

Braden Carroll

98

WV Class C

Collin Hopkins

93

WV Class D

Raymond Childers

89

Open AA

Michael Kemp

100

Open A

Chuck Jackson

99

Open B

David Canavan

99

Open C

Neall Kemp

99

Open D

Robert Kemp

95

Open Junior Gold

Noah Gouge

99

Open Junior

Shane Biser

100

Open Sub-Junior

Haley Bozzi

95

Open Lady I

Lacy Hockman

99

Open Lady II

Peggy Ann Wise

98

Open Sub-Veteran

Todd Sauble

100

Open Veteran

Glen Funkhouser

99

Open Sr. Veteran

Wilbur Ruhl

100

Event 8

Preliminary Handicap

Score

Open Champion

Ron Smith

97

Open Runnerup

Michael Kemp

97

Open 3rd

Fritz Carlsten

95

Open 4th

Michael Benlock

94

Open 5th

Jeremy Keplinger

93

Open 6th

Allan Armacost

93

Open Junior Gold

Noah Gouge

93

Open Junior

Shane Biser

94

Open Sub-Junior

Porter Hunt

90

Open Lady I

Cassie Hammond

94

Open Lady II

Peggy Ann Wise

86

Open Sub-Veteran

Carl Rohrbaugh

94

Open Veteran

Larry Lilley

93

Open Sr. Veteran

Alonzo Selby

94

Event 9

WV Doubles Class Championship

Score

WV Class AA

Alec Sauble

92

WV Class A

Darrell Dowler

94

WV Class B

Jennifer Everett

93

WV Class C

Kip Captor

95

WV Class D

PJ Shanholtz

82

Open AA

Michael Kemp

97

Open A

John Kirksey

96

Open B

Scott Petitto

96

Open C

Collin Hopkins

93

Open D 

Garry Welch

82

Open Junior Gold

Noah Gouge

96

Open Junior

Shane Biser

98

Open Sub-Junior

Walter Ashbury

94

Open Lady I

Bethany Breighner

94

Open Lady II

Janice Feaga

90

Open Sub-Vet

Dennis Cooperrider

97

Open Veteran

Glen Funkhouser

92

Open Sr. Vet

Louis Goodwin

98

Event 10

WV Singles Championship

Score

WV Singles Champion

Todd Sauble

199

WV Singles Runner-up

Cameron Bailey

197

WV Class AA

Alec Sauble

195

WV Class A

Michael Wilder

194

WV Class B

Morgan Lough

192

WV Class C

Toot Riggle

186

WV Class D

Ralph Corley

178

WV Lady I

Jennifer Everett

193

WV Lady II

Sandra Spencer

196

WV Junior Gold

Braden Carroll

191

WV Junior

Megan Snyder

192

WV Sub-Junior

Cody O'Donnell

188

WV Sub-Vet

Leon Lowther

195

WV Veteran

Scott Ross

197

WV Sr. Veteran

Robert Lowe

194

WV Husband & Wife

Lonnie & Sandy Spencer

371

WV Parent & Child

Todd & Alec Sauble

394

Open Singles Champion

Garry Welch

199

Open Class AA

John C Thomas

199

Open Class A

Gerald Conway

199

Open Class B

Zachary Harner

195

Open Class C

Porter Hunt

192

Open Class D

Walter Ashbury

192

Open Junior Gold

Bryce Summers

197

Open Junior

Shane Biser

197

Open Sub-Junior

Abigail McGlaughlin

196

Open Lady I

Bethany Breighner

195

Open Lady II

Peggy Ann Wise

196

Open Sub Veteran

Dennis Copperrider

199

Open Veteran

Glen Funkhouser

198

Open Sr. Veteran

Sheldon Hostetter

196

Open Husband & Wife

Dave & Janice Fega

379

Open Parent & Child

Darrell & JW Dowler

382

Stephen N. Harden Memorial

Singles Trophy on 400 singles

Todd Sauble

399

 

Event 11

 

WV Doubles Championship

 

Score

WV Doubles Champion

Chuck Jackson

95

WV Doubles Runner up

Nicholas Harden

94

WV Class AA

Alec Sauble

92

WV Class A

Robert Harden

90

WV Class B

Morgan Lough

88

WV Class C

Roger Taylor

88

WV Class D

Carl Rohrbaugh

87

WV Lady I

Jennifer Everett

90

WV Lady II

Sandra Spencer

84

WV Junior Gold

Collin Hopkins

86

WV Junior

Megan Snyder

69

WV Sub Junior

Antonio Sellaro

69

WV Sub-Veteran

Todd Sauble

92

WV Veteran

Darrel Murray

88

WV Sr. Veteran

Darrell Dowler

92

Open Champion

Joey Charnigo

100

Open Class AA

Fritz Carlsten

97

Open Class A

Ron Smith

98

Open Class B

Thomas Muddiman

95

Open Class C

Richard Santelli

94

Open Class D

PJ Shanholtz

86

Open Junior Gold

Noah Gouge

98

Open Junior

Brian Kellner

94

Open Sub-Junior

Tuff Hutchins

91

Open lady I

Bethany Breighner

92

Open Lady II

Janice Feaga

85

Open Sub-Veteran

Steve Martin

93

Open Veteran

Glen Funkhouser

90

Open Sr. Veteran

Sheldon Hostetter

96

Event 12

WV Handicap Championship

Score

WV Handicap Champion

Donald LaFollette

96

WV Handicap Runner up

Darrell Dowler

93

WV 3rd Place

Steve Sprout

93

WV 4th Place

Roger Taylor

92

WV 5th Place

Thomas Parker

91

WV 6th Place

Alec Sauble

91

WV Lady I

Shelly Slusher

94

WV Lady II

Tammy Jackson

91

WV Junior Gold

Collin Hopkins

91

WV Junior

Megan Snyder

75

WV Sub-Junior

Madison Long

79

WV Sub Veteran

Mark Isner

93

WV Veteran

Darrel Murray

90

WV Sr. Veteran

Edsel Kittle

95

Open Handicap Champion

Shane Biser

97

Open Runner up

Michael Kemp

96

Open 3rd Place

JW Dowler

96

Open 4th Place

Chris Spiridon

94

Open 5th Place

Joe Charnigo

94

Open 6th Place

Ron Smith

94

Open 7th Place

Madison Oswalt

93

Open 8th Place

Fritz Carlsten

93

Open 9th Place

John Kirksey

93

Open 10th Place

Hondo Lawson

92

Open Junior Gold

Noah Gouge

93

Open Junior

Neall Kemp

93

Open Sub-Junior

Haley Bozzi

95

Open Lady I

Cassie Hammond

92

Open Lady II

Janice Feaga

91

Open Sub Veteran

Scott DeWitt

92

Open Veteran

George Hafkemeyer

90

Open Sr. Veteran

Ted Carwile

93

Hall of Fame Contributor Award

Donald LaFollette

96

High All Around

HAA 400

Score

WV HAA

Steve Sprout

378

Open HAA

Michael Kemp

391

Open Junior Gold HAA

Noah Gouge

387

Open Jr HAA

Shane Biser

387

Open SJr HAA

Porter Hunt

366

Open Sub Vet HAA

Mark Isner

376

Open Vet HAA

Scott Ross

373

Open Sr. Vet HAA

Darrell Dowler

378

Open Lady I HAA

Bethany Breighner

375

Open Lady II HAA

Sandy Spencer

365

High Over All

HOA 1000

Score

WV HOA

Mark Isner

940

Open HOA

Shane Biser

966

Open Junior Gold HOA

Noah Gouge

965

Open Jr HOA

Brian Kellner

936

Open SJr HOA

Haley Bozzi

879

Open Sub Vet HOA

Todd Sauble

919

Open Veteran HOA

Darrel Murray

922

Open Sr. Veteran HOA

Sheldon Hostetter

949

Open Lady I HOA

Cassie Hammond

933

Open Lady II HOA

Sandy Spencer

902

WV Newt Jones Trophy

Anthony Sellaro

916